Under Defeat: Deluxe Edition

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Under Defeat: Deluxe Edition

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  • The most requested remake in G.rev?s library
  • Regarded within the shmup community as one of the all-time classicgames
  • The original Dreamcast version pushed the console to the limit, becoming one of its best selling games
  • Both game and developer have a great reputation within the large shmup community

Classic shoot ‘em up title Under Defeat lifts off in high definition and with a host of upgrades. Take to the skies to avert the oncoming war and protect the possibility of peace in the empire.

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  1. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GRev’s Classic Dreamcast Shooter Makes PS3 Debut, December 1, 2012
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    UziSpray (USA) –

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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    As a fan of all things shooters and Dreamcast, I was pretty excited to get my hands on Under Defeat HD. I originally had this ordered from a competitor’s website, then I pre-ordered on Amazon for the heck of it, which I’m glad I did since it’s now an Amazon.com exclusive, so if you want it, don’t hesitate, buy it ASAP.

    First and foremost, it must be said how beautiful this game looks with its glossy HD makeover. Everything is crisp and has much more detail than the Dreamcast version. For the most part, it all runs buttery smooth, too. I’ve seen some complaints about “slowdown” on the Playstation Blog and some other places, however these people must not know that slowdown is a feature in shooters like this and not a technical issue. This is a vertical shooter and the gameplay feels as good as ever. Yes, compared to other shooters this has a different feel, however it doesn’t take long to acclimate to.

    Also, I feel it needs to be said that $29.99 for a retail shooter is an absolute steal. I’ve heard complaints that these need to be $10-$15 Xbox Live Arcade/Playstation Store downloads, but I just disagree. As a fan of old school games, specifically shooters, I like getting something physical, not having a game sitting on a hard drive with no guarantees. I like the peace of mind that I can play this 15 years down the road, which is important for classic games like this that have timeless qualities. For $29.99 you’re getting the game, physical soundtrack w/ digital art book, all DLC and patches from the other region versions, and a brand new in-game chopper. In addition, unlike most games these days, you’re getting a color manual included. The import price for this game on NCSX is $83.90, so its $29.99 price is nearly 1/3 of that of the import version. In other words, this price is awesome.

    Under Defeat HD is a game that deserves your support. It’s inexpensive, packed with goodness, and it’s just a quality shooter, as well as being the first retail shooter to hit North American PS3’s. Buy it.

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  2. 13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    G.rev’s best game comes to the PS3., November 29, 2012
    By 
    jSten

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Under Defeat: Deluxe Edition (Video Game)

    Back in 2006, developer G.rev released Under Defeat on the Dreamcast in Japan. Obviously this was well past the point where Dreamcast games were getting regular releases in North America, so the game stayed off shore at the time. I managed import the game and spent a lot of time with it. And now with this release, it’s finally available for everyone.

    The PS3 version is, as the name implies, a high-definition remake. The arcade mode is very similar to the Dreamcast version (expert players may spot some trivial differences, however for me it’s similar enough). Also included is a new version that includes dual analog controls and a modified play field suitable for widescreen displays. So we get the best of both worlds: an arcade version for purists, and a revamped version to take full advantage of modern setups.

    Under Defeat is a shmup. You fly a helicopter, shoot stuff, grab powerups, and avoid bullets. The field of play is an overhead slightly angled view, similar to Raystorm.

    The ‘twist’ to Under Defeat is that your helicoptor can rotate slightly to shoot at different angles. There are also two planes of play, with air targets and ground targets. Your helicoptor normally fires forward, however when a ground target comes into range your angle of fire changes to lock-on to them instead. Powerups consist of small pods that fire along side you, with missles, chainguns, etc. These are activated by pausing your fire to charge them up; thus you often have better firepower by not shooting all the time. Planning which powerups to use and when to activate them adds an additional layer of strategy, and is often more critical than it appears at first glance. This also lets you target multiple enemies at the same time, or concentrate fire on more sturdy enemies.

    The level design is where Under Defeat truly shines. From assaulting enemy bases, to battling fleets of ships, to assisting allied tanks on the battlefield, everything is placed well and makes sense. Often when allies are on the screen, you can choose to attack enemies firing at you, or assist those allies against enemies that are targeting them so they can continue fighting. It’s really slick design that helps the game feel more like a battlefield.

    Boss fights are huge and intimidating, with multiple parts to destroy. This gives a lot of flexibility in how you want to approach them: You can concentrate fire and go straight for the kill, or pick them apart piece by piece.

    Under Defeat is a difficult game. Don’t let modern “bullet-hell” shmups fool you, more bullets does not always mean harder. I’ve gotten single credit clears on several modern and old arcade shmups, however this one gives me trouble from time to time. Still, the learning curve is very much worth it as each level just gets better than the last.

    It’s not every day a shmup gets a disc-based release on PS3, and this is one of the better ones on any console. With added features to take advantage of HD displays and modern controllers, and an original version for an authentic arcade experinece, you really can’t go wrong. And at the retail price, it’s a steal compared to what the Dreamcast version goes for.

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Classic shoot’em up in HD!!!!!!!, December 8, 2012
    By 
    Paul A. Vincent
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    Under Defeat is a great shoot that original came out on the Dreamcast a couple of years ago. Now, this great shooter has new modes, an exclusive chopper, and HD graphics. I played this game on the Dreamcast, it suffered from on screen lag time. Now on the PS3 the HD graphics are beautiful (you must have a HDTV to truly appreciate it). The gameplay is very solid and hard at times (I have not tried the easy mode but will not cause I am true gamer). Once you have completed a level you can go back in practice mode to master that level. I have been playing for about 2 weeks now and I am very satisfied with this game. If you are a fan of the classic overhead shooter Under Defeat is a game you must have in your library. For $32.00 you can’t go wrong with that.

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