[PS4] Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition Review
Does Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype hold up hold up all these years later on PlayStation 4? Find out in our Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition review!
Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition is a horizontally scrolling shoot ‘em-up brought to us by eastasiasoft. It is a sequel to the PS3 title Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer, and an improved and revamped take on the original Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype, which originally released on the PS3 in 2010, later making its way to the PlayStation Vita in 2015. This release includes the game’s original seven levels as well as the three DLC stages, replay sharing, online scoreboards, as well as updated weapon and boss effects, rebalanced challenge difficulties, as well as a new gallery mode. Are these additions enough to make this a title worth grabbing?
Söldner-X 2 is reminiscent of games like the classic R-Type. It has a slower pace, but it’s is still very much an action-packed experience. You end up with a choice of three different ships and a number of unique weapons that can change up each run through the game. These options give each player the ability to customize their ship to match their playing style. Do you prefer something fast with a steady stream of damage or a tank configuration with spread weapons? There is enough here to vary up the gameplay to be able to find a configuration that best suits you.
Each level provides a ton of different pick-ups to increase your score multiplier and power up both your ship and its weapons. It can be a lot to manage as you also attempt to evade the myriad of bullets on the screen, which is certainly not a deal-breaker. I was sometimes lost in the chaos that is the gameplay of Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition, but it turned out that all I needed was some extra trial and error as I learned more about what the game has to offer.
The visuals here are ridiculously crisp, which is something that must certainly be mentioned when you consider that the game is now ten years old. The ships all pop on the different stages you’ll explore, and the enemy design also stands out. There are boss fights every so often, which will test your skills, but I did feel that the designs for them were a bit bland. Some extra color here and there on them would have helped.
Something that needs to be highlighted in Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition is its soundtrack. My god, the soundtrack! Each of the game’s tracks does a great job of complementing the gameplay experience and the hectic nature of the different areas you will visit. It was hard not to shake my head along to the rhythm of each song as I tried to stay alive.
Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition feels like a game of a bygone era but does so in a way that evokes memories of some of the best entries in the genre. This game has a banger of a soundtrack, fun gameplay mechanics, and great visuals, which makes it very easy to recommend it on PlayStation 4. I don’t think you can go wrong with Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition, which is available for only $9.99.
This Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by eastasiasoft.