First off, for those worried that something would have gotten lost in this glossy new presentation, relax. G-Darius looks better than ever in this new format.
The visuals are still spectacular, despite the aged appearance of the game. Characters and ships are nicely smoothed over; the backgrounds look great; and the whole thing moves with effortless grace at around 60 frames per second, with slowdown only dropping in with the introduction of the larger, robotic fish battles. (Oh yeah, did we mention you’re battling giant robotic fish?)
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What’s more, the original G-Darius is also included, so, if you feel like going back to the original PlayStation entry, all it takes is a simple selection on the menu and BAM! You’re covered. It’s been treated well too, without missing a beat in its design. I will tell you what, it really makes me yearn for the days of Philosoma and Einhander.
Along with this, the music and sound effects are excellent, with those classic rhythms you’ve come to expect from the series. A remastered soundtrack along the lines of Actraiser Renaissance would’ve been aces, but what’s here isn’t bad in the least.