Airplanes and killer pianos.

#1 Posted by mwng (931 posts) -

Judging by the leaderboards I'm probably not going to see a lot of feedback here,
 
But how's everyone getting on with this? I've been pretty engrossed since release, just unlocked and finished the alternative story narrative which was pretty damn interesting if you follow that sort of thing.
 
Slowly making ground in arcade mode too, I don't think I quite have the skill necessary to finish the game in arcade, but I'm totally up for the challenge... One of the planes seems a little poor in comparison to the others for trying arcade, (the jet like plane with the large spread pattern) it doesn't really allow you to focus sections of bosses down. Some of the power ups are pretty hit and miss too, cluster bomb and the extra drone gun things seem useless in comparison to the seeking missiles/big beam of death. Bullet reflect also seems far superior to rollback and slow time in terms of time powers.
 
I'm also wondering about unlocks; I'm yet to obtain any of the other plane colours, I did unlock a gamer picture by finishing the story in challenging mode though. Anyone have any idea what else there is to unlock and how to go about it?

#2 Posted by Irvandus (2877 posts) -

I don't have any answers, game is pretty good though. Just wanted to let you know someone else is playing.

#3 Edited by Ketonic (20 posts) -

I'm playing too! My greatest achievement so far is finishing Stage I on Hard difficulty in Arcade Mode with no continues, A-rating. That's how I unlocked a paint-job for one of the ships. I'm not sure if I unlocked it for the A rating, or just for beating the stage in Arcade Mode, but there you are.

I'm trying to stop using Rollback and start using Reflect, I have seen that the highest ranked players all use Reflect (and an encouraging variety of characters).

I'm going to try and stick it out with this game. It's very difficult, but I find it rewarding to succeed. I've gone soft playing all these easy games.

just unlocked and finished the alternative story narrative

How did you do that? Do you have to beat Story Mode on Challenging?

the jet like plane with the large spread pattern

That's the ship I was using when I did my A-rating Stage I run in Arcade Mode! I had seven or eight weapon upgrades by the time I was done Stage I, and I used my subweapons on bosses at certain points (you can completely blow off the Octo-boss's legs with just one Punk Spirit, for example). Also, the large spread pattern actually switches to a more focused one somewhere around upgrade #7 or so.

If anyone wants to add me on Xbox Live (gamertag: Ketonic), it'd be swell to have a little Giant Bomb leaderboard going.

#4 Edited by mwng (931 posts) -
@Ketonic said:

just unlocked and finished the alternative story narrative

How did you do that? Do you have to beat Story Mode on Challenging?

You've answered your own question!
 
And about the "duff" plane, think I'm just complaining as it's a little rough starting out with it, as it's pretty difficult to focus areas until you hit upgrade 7.
 
I tried your arcade trick too, finishing stage 1 with all 3 planes, only one of them unlocked a colour though (the one with the most available colours). So I imagine the other colours are tied to the completion of other stages.
 
As for some friendly score competition, feel free to add "Mwngy". Not amazing at this, some of my scores are sitting at double figures though (which makes me think not very many people are playing...).
#5 Posted by el_tajij (709 posts) -

@mwng: Just added you! Yeah, this game is amazing, still getting to grips with it though. I just love the atmosphere and the world they've made.

#6 Posted by piderman (204 posts) -

I was going to play this weekend but then MLG happened. But I have this Friday off so we'll see. I'm one A-rank away from Sergeant.

#7 Posted by mwng (931 posts) -
@el_tajij: Cool, I almost have enough people to make some kind of score table now.
 
What game mode should I use...
 
@piderman: Good luck! The ranks ramp up pretty quick from Sergeant, I don't see myself finishing arcade using only my primary weapon anytime soon.
#8 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1633 posts) -

(gamertage) EarlessShrimp will add to the list, although I'm not very good at all. I have to admit though, I like the jet ship with gemini drone sub weapons and reflection capsule, it's not too bad. Only time I've beaten an arcade mode stage actually...

#9 Posted by Ketonic (20 posts) -

I just went for the sub-achievement "Complete the Story Using Only Your Primary Weapon," and I'm a bit confused. Am I not allowed to use Speed Up? Because the Prologue is unbeatable without the Speed Capsule, is it not? I went through the whole damn Story Mode using only my primary weapon and Speed Up, but I didn't qualify.

#10 Posted by mwng (931 posts) -
@Ketonic: Yeah, this caught me out too.
 
You're not allowed to use the Speed Capsule either, taking the normal route on the Prologue is pretty easy without the Speed Capsule.
#11 Posted by Ketonic (20 posts) -

If there's anything I'd like to see in an update, it would be a menu screen which shows your ratings on each stage in each mode. There's no way to see whether or not you've gotten an A-rating on a level in Score Attack, except by memory (or, God forbid, taking notes).

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