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KOF Skystage.
cthulhu
Have played KOF Skystage a few days ago on my cab...my god what was SNK thinking! Such an unimaginitive, nonsensical and boring game. The few different enemies this game has (not much variation) don't make any sense (except for the bosses) and the graphics are quite bad. I do have to honestly say that I did like the control mechanics, but that's about it.
Is there anybody out there that actually like this game and if so, why? What a waste of time.

I'm off to play a proper shmup...
My arcade stuff

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reelmojo
This was Game of the Week a while back, so I already wrote my feelings about the game. They differ a bit from yours...

Let me start off this post by saying that I am well aware that I am not the most well versed guy when it comes to scrolling shooters. I've played a ton of them over the past year or so, so I'm a lot more knowledgeable now than I was when Sky Stage was released, but I definitely don't compare the the hardcore crowd that thinks a $200 purchase of Radiant Silvergun is totally worth not eating for a month. That said, I do know when I am having fun. And when I play KOF Sky Stage, I am having fun.

The premise is pretty damned silly, but honestly it's no sillier than a myriad of kart racers or other cross over titles. And if SNK wanted to make a shmup, why not include their most recognizable characters instead of designing yet another shooter with space ships in it? I think having recognizable characters who I already know and love instantly made the game more appealing. And perhaps controlling people instead of a plane or something is the reason why two of my favorite shooters are ESP Ra.De. and Death Smiles.

Yes, I brought up Cave games, which brings me to Sky Stage's gameplay. While I'm not crazy enough to say it tops some of Cave's best offerings that's like saying a painting doesn't compare to Da Vinci's work. It's still good, and amazingly fun to play. The pacing of the stages is pretty incredible and things always get really amped up towards the end. Then there's a little calm before the storm followed by one of the game's difficult boss fights. The way special moves work is a simple way to give the player more options than just shoot and bomb, and you'll need to master all of those options if you want to even survive, let alone get a good score. And the scoring system has two layers of risk/reward. The closer you are to an enemy when you kill it the better medal it will drop, which you have to manually pick up rather than them being drawn to you automatically like most of Cave's shooters. So many times I've gotten a bunch of gold medals to pop out but had to dodge too much enemy fire to pick them all up. If I had settled for silver medals (or utilized my special moves better) I could have gotten a much better score. The second layer to the risk/reward system is taunting. At any time you can make your character taunt which royally pisses off your enemies and instantly doubles the difficulty. Survive and you'll be swimming in delicious points. Die and you'll look like a fool for taunting. All six characters play very differently so become good with one character and you've still got a lot of gameplay ahead of you if you want to learn the others.

Each of the characters are rendered in 3D which allows them to animate very smoothly. The enemies are a mixed bag of typical shooter fare with a few pretty memorable ones. The stages are pretty cool, especially the backgrounds when fighting the bosses. The soundtrack has some cool remixes of classic KOF music, but usually there's too much going on for you to even notice it. The voice overs are weird since they're all in English and I don't even think they got the same voice actors as KOF XII. A Japanese option would have been nice.

There's also a VS mode which I've never been able to try out but looks pretty interesting. There's hidden KOF invitations in each stage that allow you to unlock a second loop of the game ending with an extra boss fight against Omega Rugal (who else?). And, I know I've already mentioned it but, six characters who all play completely differently! Holy crap, why would anyway not buy this game?

I'll tell you why. Because Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting exists. KOF Sky Stage is $10 on XBLA and NGHUS is $20 on PSP. In NGHUS you get much more than twice the content so if you have the option I'd definitely go with NGHUS. If you need to play it on your big screen you can always buy the cheap adapter to hook up your PSP to your TV. Trust me, it works wonders. If, however, you don't have a PSP you can do a hell of a lot worse than Sky Stage for your $10. With Radiant Silvergun at $15 and Ikaruga and Guwange at $10, Sky Stage certainly shouldn't be your first choice when it comes to XBLA shooters, but it definitely deserves to be on your radar.


I can add to that by saying that three years later when I want to play a shooter SkyStage is not the first game that comes to mind. I actually don't think I've played it since it was GOTW in 2011 and I can't say that I ever really think about loading it up. On the other hand, Deathsmiles is never far from my mind. So I think SkyStage is fun in short bursts, but it's not something you're probably going to fall in love with.
 
LIFE_IN_2D
I wanna know how much you paid for it now.

Hopefully not that much.
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shot in the eye
shot in the brain
shot in the ass...
 
cthulhu
Nope, didn't buy the game itself. I bought a Taito type X with a Compact Flash mod. It's a CF card with 13 games stored on it:
- Chaos Breaker
- GigaWing Generations
- Homura
- King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match
- King of Fighters Sky Stage
- Power Instinct 5
- Raiden3
- Raiden4
- Shikigami No Shiro 3
- Spica Adventure
- Taisen Hot Gimmick 5
- Tetris Grand Master 3
- Trouble Witches
If I want to change games, I have to make a small change in a file stored on the security USB stick.
Here's a picture of the mobo made by the seller...it also included a Capcom IO including the cables needed (except for an audio cable I already had lying around).
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My arcade stuff

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reelmojo
Well that's freaking sweet! At least since you don't like SkyStage you also got a ton of other great games.
 
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