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[PlayStation 5] Feeble Light Review

[PlayStation 5] Feeble Light Review
EdEN
  • On July 6, 2023

Feeble Light is the latest trippy shoot ‘em up from eastasiasoft and Panda Indie Studio on PlayStation 5. Learn more about it in our Feeble Light review!

 

Feeble Light is the latest trippy shoot ‘em up from eastasiasoft and Panda Indie Studio on PlayStation 5. It’s a hectic bullet hell experience initially presented in a black, white, and red color pallet, and you can unlock additional color palettes the more you play. You’ll blast off as a small star that is tasked with removing the angry celestial beings from the cosmos. Some enemies will move across the screen. Others will remain stationary. And some of them will chase your little star, putting you in a tight spot!

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The controls are easy to pick up on since you’ll be controlling your shiny start with the left analog stick as you shoot with the X, Triangle, L2, or R2 buttons and use a mega bomb with the Square, Circle, L1, or R1 buttons. Your star will move at a slower pace when shooting, so you’ll have to take this into consideration so that you can destroy enemies while you avoid crashing into them, into any walls, or being hit by their attacks.

 

You start with three lives and one bomb charge. If you’re hit, a mega bomb will be automatically deployed to give you a chance to damage everything on the screen and get rid of all enemy bullets so that you can take a second to readjust your strategy. As you defeat enemies, they will drop small stars. The stronger the enemy, the more stars they will release after you destroy them. By collecting stars, you’ll be able to fill up the bars at the bottom of the screen, which represent additional mega-bomb charges.

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At the end of each short stage, you’ll get to take on a deadly boss battle. You’ll probably die the first time you meet a new boss since you’ll be trying to learn its movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right window of opportunity to deal a ton of damage. Since your star’s hitbox is very small, you’ll end up navigating through a sea of bullets as you try to avoid colliding with the boss. Beat it, and you’ll be rewarded with an extra life, which will increase your total lives. Or you could get a power-up to boost your attack power. Who knows, you might end up running into some mini-bosses along the way!

 

Since you can find hearts to heal your wounds as you play through each level, the longer you play and the longer your run lasts, the more extra hearts you’ll be able to add to your total. This will, in turn, make it easier for you to complete some of the more challenging stages you’ll run into since you’ll be able to make more mistakes along the way, recovering some of your lost lives by collecting the heart power-ups.

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What other power-ups will you be able to collect? Along with recovering some of your lost health, boosting your overall lives total, or increasing your attack power, there are also power-ups that will increase how many bullets you shoot, add a homing flare attack that will deal extra damage to enemies, a shield turret that will block bullets, and even a rotating turret that will circle around your star as it shoots an extra set of bullets. Since you don’t know what power-ups you’ll get for each run – or in what order – nor do you know which levels you’ll be exploring, no two runs will be the same.

 

This one is from eastasiasoft, so we’re getting a full trophy list as well as a Cross-Buy release. What this means is that if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you’ll be able to download both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. The list is a short one since it has nothing but Gold trophies for you to unlock – 11 of them, to be precise. They’re tied to unlocking additional color palettes for the game, which will pop as you play the game over and over again and improve your run. Will you be able to defeat the deadly boss at the end of stage 5?

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As has been the case for other releases from Panda Indie Studios and eastasiasoft, Feeble Light offers a trippy vertical shoot ‘em up on PlayStation 5. Trial and error is a must since new enemies will pop up as you take on each of the procedurally generated stages. Enemies’ attack power, aggressiveness, and HP will scale depending on what order their stage is presented in, so taking on the asteroid field stage as your first level will certainly be easier than if the game throws it at you as the fourth level in your run. Feeble Light is available as a budget Cross-Buy title, so your $4.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of this shoot ‘em up.

Disclaimer
This Feeble Light review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

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A trippy vertical shoot 'em up that dials up the difficulty to 11
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