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By OtakuDante On 28 Jan, 2012 At 04:05 AM | Categorized As Featured, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Otomedius Excellent is the sequel to Konami’s 2007 arcade game of the same name. It has similar gameplay mechanics, and features that the “Gradius”, and “Parodius” series of shmups (shoot ’em ups) had. Unlike Gradius or Parodius, “Otomedius Excellent” features female pilots who are basically tribute characters to various other Konami video game franchises (TwinBee, Gradius, Salamander, Castlevania …). The core game comes with a set number of available pilots, and ships that all have unique attributes and appearances. For the most part the girls of “Otomedius Excellent” are eye candy. Don’t let this fool you though, the cuteness of Konami’s ladies definitely masks the hardcore nature of the game. If you’re looking for an easy shmup then you may want to pass this one up, because every mode in the game is very difficult in nature. In fact you can expect to die often as you play through any of the available modes.

The graphics, and sound quality of “Otomedius Excellent” are fairly impressive, but not too grand. The fact of the matter is that the graphics are a tiny bit dated to be an Xbox 360 game. You only get brief 3D glimpses of the female pilots before, and after each round/stage of the game is complete. These visual displays are not very detailed, but do retain the anime style associated with the game. The graphic highlights of the game are definitely the 3D rendered backdrops/backgrounds. The screen sized boss ships are also somewhat impressive. What I really enjoyed about “Otomedius Excellent” though was that it kept true to it’s original Japanese release with Japanese audio that accented the anime style gameplay quite well. The animated anime characters that were shown before each boss fight were a nice touch as well.

During my playthrough of “Otomedius Excellent” I found that the weapon system was very similar to the Gradius/Parodius games. The difference was that you could select the types of weapons you would use during the game from a list of available/unlockable choices. As you play through the game’s story mode more weapon types will be made available, and at different power levels. Aside from the customizable weapons system the game also featured an RPG style leveling system for the characters you played as. The leveling/RPG rank system featured ranks associated with various types of angels, and went in order of their hierarchy.

Otomedius Excellent is basically a game with a a single player campaign, a score attack mode, and a co-op Xbox LIVE multiplayer. The main reason I got the game was, because of the score attack mode. I’m all about getting those high scores in shmups, and “Otomedius Excellent” seemed to be a worthy game in that area. When I actually began playing score attack though, I found it to be extremely difficult to amass any sort of respectable score. In this game you will die many cheap deaths simply because the bullet hell sprays are unfair as are the level designs. Aside from my initial interest in the score attack mode I was also interested in playing online co-op with others. Unfortunately “Otomedius Excellent” is kind of on the rare side making it almost impossible to find any online matches. I was actually unable to find anyone playing online. I also ended up checking the leaderboards and the last highscore was recorded at the end of last year. This was a little disappointing to say the least.

I did found out that “Otomedius Excellent” definitely has a lot of DLC. The DLC you can get for this game is quite impressive, but it really adds up in points if you want to get all the extra bells, and whistles (figuratively speaking). The current available DLC includes new characters, new costumes, new stages, and new music if I remember correctly. The downside to buying the DLC is that it’s mainly used for showing off in the online mode. With hardly anyone playing the game I can’t really see any reason as to why I would spend that kind of points/money on something I couldn’t show off to friends, or random players.

In conclusion I found “Otomedius Excellent” to be a major letdown. While it had what I was looking for in a shmup, the intense difficulty of the game makes it less enjoyable. The cheap deaths I died while trying to defeat bosses, and simply make it through stages were definitely unnecessary. The fact that the online mode was not really there at all took away from the game as a whole. The DLC is basically pointless to buy, because of how many people actually bought the game. Otomedius Excellent will likely become one of those hard to find games (which it is already) that fetches a hefty resell price due to rarity, but I’m just not seeing how this game is worth having at all. It is good but not Great. There are better shooters out there.

OtakuDante

Here are more screens of the game.

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By Shawn Wilson On 22 Apr, 2011 At 09:12 PM | Categorized As News, Previews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarKonami has released new details for the upcoming US release of the Xbox 360 ‘shoot’em up’, Otomedius Excellent.

Otomedius Excellent is the follow up to the Japan only release of Otomedius Gorgeous. The series is categorized as a ‘cute’ em up’. This is the process of taking an already established game, as in this case Gradius, and changing the ships into young girls or other ‘cute’ characters. All while still keeping the classic game play intact.

Released this week in Japan, Konami of America has stated that the US release will follow sometime later this year. The Japanese release includes a DLC code for an extra character. Unknown if this will also be included with the US release.

The following is the official screenshots and Konami’s press release:

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On the heels of its release in Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced new details and screenshots for Otomedius Excellent, coming to Xbox® 360 entertainment system from Microsoft later this year. Sequel to the Japan-exclusive hit Otomedius Gorgeous, Otomedius Excellent brings the side-scrolling shooter action made popular by its predecessor to North America for the first time. Also included are local and online multi-player, new artwork and a pulsating soundtrack.

Key Features Include:

  • Classic Gradius-style gameplay gets a stunning update. Experience 2D side-scrolling shoot-em-up gameplay like never before.
  • Brilliant graphics and an excellent soundtrack. Environments are rendered in hi-definition and complemented by thrilling music.
  • Lovely characters to pilot through an expanded world. Choose from nine characters on-disc to battle through all-new stages of thrilling shmup action!
  • Three’s company! Team up with a friend or two over Xbox Live® Arcade or on one Xbox 360 to have help obtaining hard-to-get items!
  • Eye-popping Gallery mode. View your unlocked stills and graphics in a new Gallery that grows as you progress through the game.

By otakuman5000 On 17 May, 2010 At 07:52 PM | Categorized As Featured, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Well you cannot believe everything you read. After reading that GameStop is reserving Otomedius Excellent for Xbox 360, I decided to call my contacts at Konami for confirmation. Well, as for right now there are NO plans to release this game stateside. I know, I said “dammit” too. But there is hope for us though.

GameStop Says it is coming to the US

Konami says there are no plans to release it yet. Maybe?

Now Konami says there are no plans to release it at this time. So, if you want this game to be released in the states I think everyone should hit up Konami on Twitter and Facebook. Let our voices be heard. I guess this is as good a time as any to announce our Konami Appreciation Week. We will focus on Konami and their games and history.  Thanks to Robert Santini for the clarification.