Otomedius Excellent Special Edition
Closest we're gonna get next to R-Type or Gradius
If youre a fan of shoot-em-ups keep an eye out for this one.
Yeah it has young girls with huge boobs instead of spaceships, but at its core its a shoot-em-up (shmup)!!!!
Attempt at a fair preview
Otomedius Excellent is a Gradius spinoff, so if you like Gradius, you'll probably like this as well. If you're not familiar with Gradius, it is a side scrolling shooter game where you control a ship, gather powerups, and navigate through a stage while dealing with enemies until you get to a boss you have to destroy. The one major difference between Otomedius and the Gradius series is the scantily clad female characters that pilot the ships in Otomedius, so I wouldn't advise buying this for kids or the immature, or if you have something against scantily clad female characters. The characters and their ships are each based off of ships from previous Konami shooters (with a few exceptions), examples being the Vic Viper from the Gradius series, the Flintlock from Xexex, and even a Castlevania based character planned for DLC being one of the exceptions. From what I've been able to gather, Otomedius Excellent seems to be easier than the games in the Gradius series, so if you're looking for a challenge this probably wouldn't be your best bet. Basically, if you like side scrolling shooters, the anime art style, don't mind the possibly easy difficulty, and don't have anything against the suggestive themes, you'll probably like Otomedius Excellent.
Another Shmup into the collection
I have played most of the Arcade Shmups, and I'm looking forward to getting this game. I highly recommend this game to players that love these types of games.
I hope Otomedius G comes out as well...
Last month, when I visited South Korea for my friend's wedding, I had a chance to play this. Korean version of xbox360 can play Japanese games as well without any problem, so one of my friends bought it directly from Japan. Well, I am a Gradius series fan, I AM getting this. It's rather weird mix of spaceship with cute girls, but it worked pretty well and it was really fun for me. Even DLC contents shouldn't be missed. It's just too bad that we cannot see the previous one, Otomedius Gorgeous.
From the information I could find, the Collector's Edition will include the Soundtrack, an art book, and a pillowcase. Not bad for the extra $20.
While we're waiting...
Some other shooters that weren't mentioned yet were Trouble Witches Neo and Triggerheart Exelica, both which are on the Xbox Live Arcade for 800MSP each. I agree with everyone else though about getting Deathsmiles (Limited Edition) and Espgaluda II Black Label (Platininum HIts), they're both really amazing. I really recommend Otomedius Excellent and these other games to anime and shooter fans. Now all that's left is getting Touhou on the Xbox...
Otomedius Excellent! lives up to its name
I've played the original and Gorgeous for 360 already, and Otomedius is an excellent game. This new installation will feature a pair of downloadable characters from the Japan-only Busou Shinki franchise: Arnvald and Strarf, so you'll wanna get this just for the US debut of Busou Shinki's leading ladies! Highly recommended for all shmup and mecha musume fans, 15/10!
Hope there is a limited edition!
Hopefully it's not pushed back again. I've been waiting over a year for this! This is gonna be a cool shoot-em-up game. With cute girls and awesome graphics, this will be an excellent parody of the Gradius series! If you're a shooter fan this is the game to get!
Don't get me wrong. I'm an avid shmup fan. I've imported a Japanese 360 and almost every CAVE 'manic shooter' game for it. I made a 3-foot-long paper-mache model of the R-9 Arrowhead when I was in 4th grade, just for the heck of it. The only shmups in recent history that I distinctly recall NOT enjoying have been Milestone's terrible trio of sloppy seconds (Chaos Field, Radilgy, and Karous) and Raiden III... until I played the import version of this game at a convention and was caught somewhere between an eyeroll and a facepalm. Fellow shooter fans, I implore you to wait on this. DeathSmiles and Raiden IV are $20 now. ESPGaluda II Black Label is now a Platinum Hit, is region-free, and can be imported for $40. Anyone who buys this game before a significant price drop is condoning Konami's ongoing delay of a TRUE Gradius 6.
IT'S FINALLY IN STORES!!!!!!!
Just picked this up at Gamestop yesterday. I brought this game over to a buddies house where a bunch of us could't wait to tear into it. After about 10 minutes of playing this.... we turned it off and put in something else. This shooter is boring if your a hardcore shooter fan. The graphics and sound are great, but gameplay is slow. This style of shooter was great in the late 80's Early 90's, but after all the amazing Cave and Treasure shooters, games like this just don't measure up. Putting half-naked anime chicks on a slow moving shooter doesn't make the game better. This game is good for a casual gamer but I wouldn't recommend this for a hardcore fan of this genre.