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Published on July 2nd, 2007 | by Daniel David

Super Stardust HD Review

Developer: Housemarque
Platform: PlayStation 3 [Reviewed]
Release Date: June 28, 2007

Now this is a game that makes the PSN shine. Super Stardust HD is takes the formula with moving with the left analog and shooting with the right. Those of you who loved Geometry Wars will gobble this up like Pac-Man. You might like it even more.

The goal of the game is to shoot asteroids and aliens but the twist is that you have three weapons suited for what you encounter. You have the standard Rock Crusher, Gold Melter which is like a flamethrower, and a Ice Splitter gun. You can level each weapon to 100% and when you die you keep your upgrades. You can reach 200% too but that’s only for a limited time. Each one is best to take out certain asteroids an alien threats. You have a bomb and a boost to get you out of stuff spots and makes you invincible allowing you to destroy anything in the path of your boost but it takes a couple seconds between each use.

The other thing is that your move around a planet which replaces just moving around a still screen. There are five different planets made up of five phases which makes 25 levels and believe me this game get hard. There’s a lot of strategy to this game and it takes a lot of practice to go throughout the five planets and not die. Extra lives are sparse to acquire so like I said practice is the only way your going to make through all five planets on Arcade mode.

The only real downside is that there are only a couple of modes to chose from. Arcade lets you play through all planets if you can make that long, Planet mode which lets you play a single planet and Co-Op to play with a friend. Leaderboards are also present so you can see how you stack up against the rest of the world.

The graphics are great and you won’t get tired of the music anytime soon. Super Stardust will put on a impressive light show while playing which can hide some dangers from time to time but its never annoying.

In the end, this is the best PSN title so far and for only $7.99 you’d be a fool to pass this up. Super Stardust HD offers everything you expect and more. Stardust is simply just pure fun and you’ll be playing this for a while. This my friends is the GAMINGtruth.

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