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[Beyond PlayStation] Psyvariar Delta Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Psyvariar Delta Review
  • On September 11, 2019

Psyvariar Delta from Dispatch Games is a revamped version of the arcade shoot ‘em up classic. Learn more in our Psyvariar Delta review!


Psyvariar was released as an arcade shoot ‘em up way back in the year 2000. It’s now 2019, and we’re getting a revised and revamped version in Psyvariar Delta for the Nintendo Switch by way of City Connection and Dispatch Games. This new release includes three different versions of the arcade game, with Medium Unit being the original version in all its glory, Revision offering a revised version in which enemies and their bullet patterns have been rearranged – including bosses -, along with a life gauge for bosses, and more. The final version is Delta, which changes things here and there while offering some extra quality of life boosts to the game. You can also select to play with the soundtrack for each of the three versions!


As for the controls for Psyvariar Delta, you will move your shit around with either the left analog stick or the D-Pad, shooting at enemies with the A or X buttons, using your bombs with the B button to clear the screen from enemies and their attacks. If you want to avoid enemy attacks and make a quick move, you can do so by rolling left or right with the L, ZL, R, and ZR buttons as needed.

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An interesting thing to consider is the game’s Buzz system. Every enemy that comes close to hitting you, and every enemy attack, will activate the Buzz boost, giving you some extra experience to fill up your experience bar so that you can level up. Once you’ve leveled up, you will be invulnerable for a short window, and if you’re good enough and there are enough enemies/bullets on the screen, you can keep this cycle going as you destroy small and large enemies along the way, making you an unstoppable force of destruction. When you roll to avoid attacks, your hit box will decrease while your Buzz range increases, which can significantly help you during some of the more dangerous bullet hell moments. Leveling up is essential since by doing so, you will get a boost to your attacks and their power, increasing your odds of survival.


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After completing a stage, the game will offer you a chance to select the next level you will take on. It will show you the name of the level (a number followed by a letter) if it’s an easy, normal, or hard stage to take on, and you can decide if it’s worth the risk based on your current level and expertise. Sometimes there will only be one option for you to take, and this will be because your ship’s level is not high enough to access more challenging sections of the game. You will take on a set of stages that shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes or so to complete per run, but due to the different patch you can take, there is some extra replay value added into the overall experience.


If you feel like proving to the world you’re the best at Psyvariar Delta, you can take on the game’s Score Attack Mode, in which you try to obtain the highest score possible, or the Replay Mode+, in which you can take on any stage to see how good you really are. Once you’re done, your performance will be uploaded to the game’s online leaderboards so that you can compare your score with that of players from all over the world.

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You can configure your experience by selecting the difficulty between Very Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard, choose the number of lives you get (from one to five), the number of bombs in your stock (again, from one to five), and if you can or cannot continue after all of your lives are gone. There is also the option of rotating the screen 90, 180, or 270 degrees, which will allow you to either flip the image or have it display vertically so that you can play the game in a setup that is closer to what you would have experienced when playing it at the arcade. Be sure to also make it so that the menu rotates with the screen, or else you will find yourself with a bizarre configuration combo!

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Psyvariar Delta is a solid shoot ‘em up option on the Nintendo Switch with fun gameplay mechanics, a good challenge, and more than enough content to justify its asking price. I certainly spent way more playing many shoot ‘em ups at the arcade back in the day than the $29.99 asking price, and I certainly recommend you take this one out for a spin. You can also purchase an extra ship that is available as paid DLC for $4.99, which along with a new ship with new gameplay mechanics also includes new music.

This Psyvariar Delta review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Dispatch Games.

Review Overview

Fun and fast-paced arcade shoot 'em up