Also available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Ouya, iOS, and Windows
Sine Mora EX was a bit of an impulse pre-order for me. I obviously love getting new retail Switch games to support the system and have something else to play on it, but I'd never heard of this particular game despite the fact that it's an enhanced port of an older game. What sold me was that it was advertised as a story driven shmup, something that I don't see very often. Although I suck at it, I'm a huge fan of the shmup genre, and having that with a legit story AND on the Switch was more than enough to sell me on it.
The first thing that stood out to be about Sine Mora was the visuals. The game is absolutely beautiful, and while that's expected to a certain extent from modern shmups, the environments and pseudo-2.5D perspective with regards to enemy spawns really impressed me. The bosses are also EXTREMELY well detailed and truly beautiful. They take place in multiple phases, and most of them have short transition scenes between the phases that move you around to a different side of the boss. It's a really well executed way to give a 2D game a feeling of three dimensional depth.
Unfortunately, the story failed to hold my attention. It's something about time travel, some empire of furries or something, and some dude trying to avenge his dead kid. That's about all I got from it. It's not brimming with clarity, and the story telling itself is a bit dry. The voice acting doesn't help - it feels rather dull and amateur. The story has potential - it's an interesting enough premise - but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
Sine Mora EX is a stunningly beautiful and addictingly fun to play shmup that unfortunately falls a bit short with the attempt to deliver a compelling story. Fortunately, however, the gameplay and graphics are more than enough to make up for the lackluster story and meh voice acting. With the game's being available on a whole host of platforms, pretty much every gamer has access to the game on one system or another, and I definitely recommend it for shmup fans.
My Rating - 4 Neps
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