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[PlayStation 4] Shootvaders: The Beginning Review

[PlayStation 4] Shootvaders: The Beginning Review
  • On July 17, 2023

Shootvaders: The Beginning from Went2Play and 7 Raven Studios brings us a classic style vertical shoot ’em up experience on PS4. Learn more in our Shootvaders: The Beginning review!


Shootvaders: The Beginning from Went2Play and 7 Raven Studios brings us a classic style vertical shoot ’em up experience on PlayStation 4. You have been sent by the Space Mission Center to locate a new planet where humans can have a chance to build a new settlement. The bad news is that the universe is packed with aliens that don’t want you to succeed.

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You’ll control your spaceship with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you shoot all your weapons with the R2 button. You can activate a shield with the Square button if you have any charges in stock. If you have a megabomb, you can launch it with the X button to destroy everything around your ship over a small radius.


By collecting coins and alien materials, you will get a chance to purchase more weapons for your spaceship. You will start with some coons and some alien materials since you need to buy the human or alien weapons you’ll be using to equip your spaceship before sending it into battle. Each weapon will have different values for stats, such as damage, speed, and attack rate, for you to consider.

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You will also have to think about how some weapons need to be equipped to specific slots on your spaceship. What are your options? You can purchase and equip lasers, small cannons, beam waves, firewalls, fusion cannons, small plasma cannons, sonic guns, pulson launchers, a photon blaster, and more. Each weapon will favor particular playing styles, so be sure to try them out to find the right combination for you.


Collecting stars after defeating enemies will give you a chance to upgrade your spaceship. These upgrades include boosting the basic gun rate of fire, adding a magnet that will attract stars to your spaceships, enabling shields that will protect you for a bit, extra rocket energy, adding a star multiplier, or even enabling a megabomb that will destroy all enemies around your spaceship. These upgrades can be improved even further as long as you have the stars for it!

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Trophy-wise, Shootvaders: The Beginning has a full trophy lost with a Platinum, with a list split into 3 Bronze trophies and 11 Gold trophies. The objectives to complete include defeating 100, 500, and 1,000 alien spacecraft, picking up 20, 40, and 60 craft upgrades, reaching a score of 5,000, 20,000, and 50,000 points, reaching a distance of 10,000, 100,000, and 500,00 AU, finishing all waves, and completing all narrow alleys.


Shootvaders: The Beginning is a minimalist classic-style vertical shoot ’em up in which you’ll have to survive through wave after wave of enemies, alternating with some tunnel segments where you’ll have to avoid crashing into the walls or being shot down by enemies. Because of this, the game is going to feel a bit repetitive. Shootvaders: The Beginning is out on PlayStation 4 with a $6.99 asking price.

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This Shootvaders: The Beginning review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by 7 Raven Studios.

Review Overview

Classic style vertical shoot 'em up that feels a bit lacking