- OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
- Processor: Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz or better
- Memory: 128 MB RAM
- Graphics: DirectX 8.1 or above and Direct3D with 64MB or more of VRAM
- Storage: 200 MB available space
- Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card
RefleX: Modern or Old-School?
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RefleX is the second chapter of the Japanese shooting game series called The Tale of ALLTYNEX. Exciting plot, colorful graphics, and renewed controls make this game pretty interesting for fans of the genre.
Graphics — 5/5
The graphics are great – it’s bright and colorful which is a rare case for shooters. There are lots of visual effects such as explosions, shots, and so on. The visuals remind that of the old-school scrolling shooters which is a nice touch to the gameplay.
At some point, you may find yourself wondering what is going on – you have to keep up with the game’s fast pace, and such flashy styling may actually distract you from a battle.
Gameplay — 4.5/5
In the story, many years have passed since the ALLTYNEX incident, and the humanity has set up a global militaristic government. Suddenly, a resistance organization called Valkyness arose, and the clash between these two parties has been lasting for decades. When an alien force interrupts their conflict, they are forced to join this intergalactic war.
The gaming process is very dynamic, and you have to react quickly in order to succeed. Basically, the mechanics are quite simple – the whole game is about clicking and tapping. Yet, it has a couple of features that make the gaming process a little bit more interesting.
For instance, you can not only shoot but also use a shield to deflect enemy attacks. The shield works for a limited amount of time, and while its energy is restored you can’t shoot. As the game pace is really fast, you need some time to get used to the mechanics.
RefleX features arcade, training, and soundtrack modes.
Controls — 4.5/5
The controls are pretty much like that of other scrolling shooter games, yet there are some advanced updates. For example, you can rotate the camera which is a rare case for that kind of games. In particular, it makes the tunnel flight much more interesting. Just be sure that you don’t get dizzy.
As for the shield, you can activate it by pressing the button and holding it. As I said before, the controls take some time to get used to them.
Replay Value — 4.5/5
Thank goodness (and developers), you can restart from any completed level in case of failure. Some bosses like Scorpio can be really hard to beat, so this restarting feature is a great help.
Replaying the whole game or particular levels may be pretty interesting for hardcore fans of the genre or the Japanese trilogy itself. Others may find this game to be too plain or old-school, so reaching the end may already be enough.
RefleX is a great scrolling shooter for fans of the genre, especially taking into account its advanced features and a creative storyline. You may find the game to be old-school or too plain, yet it easily makes you nostalgic in some way. It also may seem to be too fast-paced but is there any scrolling shooter that doesn’t need you to be fast?
So, the atmosphere is great, and the gaming process has some minor cons. Whether to play RefleX or not – it’s only up to you.
The game for hardcore fans of the genre and for those of you who’d like to get nostalgic for a little bit
Pros : Advanced features such as a rotating camera and a protective shield
Various enemies that you get to battle with
The sense of nostalgia
Cons : On the screen, there is too much going on, and the controls may seem difficult at first
The game may seem to be too plain despite its storyline
Replaying isn’t that interesting
Replay Value 4.5