Assault Suit Leynos on PlayStation 4 is an HD port of classic Sega Genesis game some of you might know as Target Earth. The HD coat of paint definitely brings the game into the 21st century in style so that a new generation can enjoy it. What did we think of this action mech game? Read our Assault Suit Leynos review to find out!
As Earth reels from the impact of the fourth world war and dwindling resources, an uneasy truce between nations sees mankind reach for the stars. Colonies are settled, resources are mined and the future starts looking a little brighter. But just as peace finally seems possible, an unknown enemy emerges from the deepest region of space to threaten the very existence of humanity. Only one thing can stop them: deploy the Assault Suit Squadron!
Before you get started, I suggest that you go into the options menu so that you can select Practice. While in there, you’ll gain access to three short tutorials that will show you the basics of the game. Tutorial 1 will handle the basic movements and attack controls. You more around with the left analog stick, and you can also jump with the X button. Keeping the X button pressed will allow you to boost and hover, so that you can avoid hazards or reach high places. You can also dash by doublet-tapping in the same direction. The Square button is used to attack, and as you can imagine, this will be the button you use the most.
Tutorial 2 dives deeper into advanced attacks and firing at angles. You’ll learn about how you can hold down the firing button to lock the way you are facing, thus freeing you to aim at any angle you want. The L2 and R2 buttons will allow you to switch between your available weapons, giving you more freedom to use the right weapon for your current situation. If you need to defend yourself, you can activate your shield with the R1 button. And if one of your weapons runs out of ammo, you can throw it away by quickly tapping the shoot button.
Tutorial 3 gives you all the information you need on zero gravity controls for your mech, which is a fancy way of saying it teaches you to control your mech while flying around. While in zero gravity you can press the X button to boost, therefore greatly increasing your movement speed. You’ll need to watch out for enemies coming at you from all angles, so be ready with the right weapons and equipment for this scenario.
What’s new in this HD version? Along with the revamped visuals, the game’s Arcade Mode includes fully voice-acted cutscenes, extended levels, and reworked AI. But the game is still as though as ever while not being unfairly challenging. If you had fun with this one back in the day, then you’re going to appreciate all the work on this HD release.
Assault Suit Leynos is a hard as nails and unforgiving action game, so you must always stay on high alert. You should also be sure to bring the proper loadout for your mech between the weapons, armor and other items at your disposal. This will be easier during your second run through the entire since you’ll then know what to expect from each level in this game. You’ll also unlock new stuff to equip as you go, so that you can mix and match your equipment for each specific scenario.
The missions are varied, and while in one mission you’ll be defending against an invasion, in another you might be tasked with safely getting some transport units to the end of the stage in one piece. It all sounds very simple, but as I’ve been saying over and over again, the difficulty in Assault Suit Leynos is considerable. The transport unit escort mission I mention? You’ll need to watch out for enemies coming in from the front and the back of the stage, as well as heavy units, a mini-boss and a huge boss at the end of the level. By then you’ll probably only have one or two weapons with ammo at most, which is why you need to make every shot count.
Your score is tallied up at the end of each session, and the game will add it to your overall score rank. This will be added to a bar that when full will allow you to rank up. The higher your rank, the more bonuses you’ll unlock along the way, giving you a chance to customize your experience. You’ll get things such as a laser sight, the classic BGM, Missile and more, so the more you play, the more things you can do with the game.
There’s also a special section called the Data Room where you can see a ton of concept art for the game and its promotional materials, concept art for stages and characters, and even see the manual for the original release. But the most important part of the Data Room for trophy hunters will be the Trophies section where you can track your progress towards unlocking all of the game’s trophies, which yes, does also include a Platinum trophy in the mix!
If you haven’t realized it by now, I loved my time with the game for my Assault Suit Leynos review. There’s a lot of objectives to complete in each level, especially if you’re aiming for the Platinum trophy, and this will keep you coming back for more. I suggest that you first play the game in its HD mode to then do a second run in Classic mode so that you can truly appreciate all that was done to give us this great version on PlayStation 4.
|Great HD upgrade.|
Challenging but fair stages.
Full trophy list.
|Challenge could prove to be too much for some.|
This Assault Suit Leynos review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Rising Star Games.
Written by: EdEN
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