Earlier this year I reviewed one of the most fun games I’ve played in a while called Stardust Galaxy Warriors. It was a super awesome and fun shoot-em-up that anyone from hardcore gamers to grandparents can pick up, play and enjoy themselves with. Now Dreamloop Games has made some big and small changes to make this experience even better in Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax. This update takes the original vision of the game and makes it into an even more awesome experience for fans and newcomers alike.
For those who missed it or need a refresher, feel free to check out my review of the original release that contains the bulk of the plot, features, etc. as I’ll just focus on some of the cool new additions of this release. The first sweet thing about this release is that it’s now available not only on PC, but the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well, which brings an easier couch co-op experience for all. The biggest change fans of the first title will notice is a new mech for players to use named Amber Fox who is controlled by an unknown pilot with a funky looking, robot-like fox mask. This sweet new character can absorb enemy fire and turn them into an energy blast to fire back at them. If that wasn’t enough, Amber Fox has a special ability that sends out an EMP of sorts to stun all enemies on the screen and make them take extra damage to boot. Needless to say, I had a blast (pun intended of course) playing as this new character as I mowed down wave after wave of enemies.
Of course this update wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t make some smaller but definitely noticeable changes, especially in the visuals department that makes an already good looking game look even better as some of the textures and colors have been changed to have more details and effects. There’s also a new game plus mode that lets you keep all of your upgrades from your save file and thrust you into a higher difficulty level. Players will be happy to know you can keep doing this indefinitely until you’ve reached the highest difficulty level there is, so you can push yourself at your own pace. For those who memorized and figured out all of the enemy and boss patterns in the original game, you’ll have to learn them again thanks to updated AI changes that make them a little tricker this time around. There’s so many other little changes such as the score multiplier working a bit different and more, but you’re better off reading about them in the game notes or just playing and seeing them for yourself.
If you haven’t played the original, have been holding off on this one, or just looking for something awesome to play on your PC or console, you’ll want to do yourself a favor and pick up Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax. It’s one of the most fun games I’ve played and you’ll thank yourself (and me hopefully) for picking it up and diving into some sweet shooter action you’ll find hard to put down.