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[Beyond PlayStation] Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire Review
EdEN
  • On February 13, 2020

Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire from Alfa System and Chorus Worldwide is a new shoot ‘em up on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire review!

 

In Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire from Alfa System, who also brought us the Castle of Shikigami III shoot ’em up, you will take control of each of the five sisters mentioned in the game’s title, as they battle out to decide who will get to marry the dashing Lord Yashin. Because of this, they go out on an adventure to battle each other and prove who’s the most capable of the group. You’ll get to select between playing as Sonay, Selma, Ece, Lale, and Nur, hence the “Five Sisters Under Fire” after the game’s main title.

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Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire is a shoot ‘em up of the bullet hell variety. What this means is that along with the many enemies you will need to attack and destroy, you’ll have to make sure you’re not hit by one of the hundreds of bullets that will be flying around all over the screen. As is usually the case for other bullet hells you might have played before, your hitbox in Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire is going to be rather small. Did a bullet grace your character’s hair? Then that doesn’t count. Did you make a mistake and move your legs into an incoming flurry of bullets? Worry not since you’ll be fine! The core of your character is what can be hit by enemy bullets, but even then, you should know that you won’t go down in one hit. You actually have

 

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Something that is interesting about Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire is that, unlike most of the shoot ‘em ups out there in which you’re controlling a flying vehicle or a character, or a character that is riding a beast of sorts, as is the case of Dragon Blaze on the Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha collection, for Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire each of the characters you will control will actually be walking on the ground. This sets the game apart from other shoot ‘em ups you might have played over the years, as does the way you will be attacking enemies.

 

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You will move each of the sisters with the left analog stick or the D-Pad and will need to compensate for a bit of a floaty walking “drift” when changing directions – on top of how your character will slide around when walking over ice in one of the stages. You can shoot with the A button, and if you’re close to danger – be that an enemy or their many bullets –your attacks will be powered up, dealing additional damage. You can summon a familiar by pressing and holding down the B button, but its attacks usually put you in danger since you will get more coins if you’re closer to enemies, so it’s an interesting trade-off you have to consider. The Y button is for unleashing a bomb that makes you invincible as it deals considerable damage to anything in its path.

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Each of the five sisters will have a different attack – and attack pattern – to unleash with the A button, as well as a different type of familiar to summon into action. Their bombs will also be different and will be related to a different elemental attack as well – fire for Sonay, ice for Selma, lighting for Ece, wind for Nur, and a special spirit-based attack for Lale. It adds some extra replay value for the game since, because of all of this, each of the sisters feels different as you play.

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There is one piece of extra DLC available for Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire. For $2.99, you can add witch Ode into the mix. She has a different attack, summons, and bomb, and she also gets a new story mode run for you to take on. If you end up liking the main game and playing as each of the five sisters, then perhaps you will like to spend the extra three bucks top add one more playable character to the game.

 


You can also customize your experience to increase your enjoyment of Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire. You can flip the display from the default horizontal view, rotating it to the left or to the right, which makes this one a great candidate for playing with the excellent Flip Grip. Along with this, you can change the size of bullets, as well as the speed at which they travel, so that players that are not as adept at shoot ‘em ups can have a shot of finishing this one without the overall experience becoming too frustrating.

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Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire is a fun shoot ‘em up of the bullet hell variety that tries to do some things different to stand out from the crowd. As is the case with most shoot ‘em ups, one full run from start to finish with one of the sisters is going to take you around 20-30 minutes at most, so do keep that in mind. Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire is out on Nintendo Switch for $12.99.

Disclaimer
This Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Chorus Worldwide.

Review Overview

Fun shoot 'em up with some interesting twists
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