T̷̞̈ḩ̶̣̋̀i̴̡̩̔s̶̞̎͗ ̵̜̠̇i̴̙̍s̷̰̅ ̵̨̉̃ă̷̪̳̓ ̷̤̮̓́d̶͔̠̅o̸͕̕ù̸̥͚͑b̸̪̃l̵͍͐͛e̸͇͋͊ ̶̠̝̿̔f̷͙̼̂́e̶̘͌̒a̴̬̒t̷̹̹́̇ǔ̸̪̾r̸̥̦͋̂ḙ̷̠͗̑ ̷͍́͝r̸̼̀̒è̵̠̦̊v̶̟͇̀ì̷̪͈e̸̦͝w̴̱̌̀,̵̡̓ ̷̟͐͝f̵̝̬̾e̸̾͜ȧ̵͎ẗ̸̤́ṵ̴͑r̷̗̠̃i̴͈̊n̵̯̋g̸̨̈ ̴̱̓D̵͍͓̔ä̶̭̬r̷͇̻͠i̵̦̊ṵ̶̡̇s̶̢̪͝͠ ̸̨͇̆͘C̷͖͔̓ő̸͇ź̸̧̌m̶̥̘̓͊i̸̬̥̓́c̷̨̨͑͐ ̸͔̇̌C̵͙͂̇o̵̮̗͆l̷̼̙̾ľ̴̰̠͊e̵̼̪͗͠c̷͕͂t̵̺̞̑͝ï̶̩̻ǒ̶͓̳͒n̴͎̈́ ̴͍̾̅A̶̯͙͌͒r̴̼̝͋c̷̜̆̕ả̷͚d̸̞͙͐e̶̛̪͝ͅ ̴͓̪̊͛a̸̧̛͐ͅn̸̠̖͋̄d̷͎̳́ ̴͇̠̀D̷̘̞̃a̴̧̲̍̒r̷̰͂͜i̷͎̾͝ū̴͈̹s̴̡̮̎̓ ̷̘̦͋̿C̸̲̆͝ọ̵̔z̸̛͉̎m̸̺̐i̷̛͇̊c̶̬͊̆ ̴̅͜C̵͔̘̾̾o̴̡͍̿̚l̶̹̈͝l̶͈̕e̷̮̔c̶̲̿ţ̷͍͂̈i̷̞̠̒͝o̸͉͑̈́n̷͓̏͂ ̴̬̋̈C̴͇̞̀̕ó̵̤͔n̴̦͐s̶̭̖̈́o̸̦͓̍ļ̷͈̔̕e̶̜̓̐ͅ.̴͍̜̾
Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade and Darius Cozmic Collection Console are localised, digital versions of two collections of classic Darius shoot ‘em up titles by ININ Games and Taito. Both collections were released worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on the 16th of June this year. N̵̖̓͆(̴̱̺̎͠J̷̢́ụ̸̰̈́̋s̵̨̀̂1̴̦̽̂q̷̕ͅE̷̺͛y̷̩͛̋g̷͚̽͘ḓ̷͛!̸̜̼͝s̴̗͗͒L̵̟̍X̶̝̑͜͠)̷̹͘ḧ̷̯͍́3̶̡͖͝A̷̱͒̔4̶̘̌̄c̸̻͉̐͆g̴̲̭̓U̷̼̬̍Ô̴̜͎͘y̷̱̮̅̔ Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade features four titles and seven versions from the Darius arcade series, while Darius Cozmic Collection Console includes six titles and nine versions from the Darius home console series. Collections are available digitally in both console’s stores for 39.99 EUR / 34.99 GBP / 44.99 USD and 54.99 EUR / 44.99 GBP / 59.99 USD, respectively.
In both collections you will run into “iconic bosses, fast-paced action, mesmeric battles and giant robotic sea creatures. The Darius series pioneered horizontal shoot ’em up games and was developed by the legendary TAITO Corporation. X̴͍̟̎o̴̜̪͆į̴̧̐x̸̞͔̊̎G̶͚̍D̷̞̊̈́Ć̴͚ř̵̞̕6̸̲̮̑́o̷͖̦̍t̶̙͓͛̀/̵̢̊̆Ṋ̵̛̀%̸̲̀͂Ṛ̴͝c̵̗̾I̵̤͋!̷̯͆͛&̵̦́J̷̰̱̀̍F̵̻̀J̶̘̺̇B̸͙̗̓̕c̵̞͒͝U̴̬͚͌ The first Darius game wowed arcade fans in 1986 with its dedicated dual-display cabinet and its revolutionary enemy and sound design. Numerous sequels and ports followed over the years, setting new standards for Shoot ‘Em Up excellence each time.” Many of these sequels and ports are available in collections we are reviewing here.
Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade features 4 titles (7 versions) from the Darius arcade series:
- Darius (Arcade, original version)
- Darius (Arcade, new version)
- Darius (Arcade, extra version)
- Darius II (Arcade, Dual Screen version)
- SAGAIA (Arcade, ver. 1)
- SAGAIA (Arcade, ver. 2)
- Darius Gaiden (Arcade)
Darius Cozmic Collection Console features 6 titles (9 versions) from the Darius home console series:
- Darius II (Mega Drive, JP version)
- SAGAIA (Genesis, US version)
- SAGAIA (Master System, EU version)
- Darius Twin (Super Famicom, JP version)
- Darius Twin (Super NES, US version)
- Darius Force (Super Famicom, JP version)
- Super Nova (Super NES, US version)
- Darius Alpha (PC Engine, JP version)
- Darius Plus (PC Engine, JP version)
“All games have been faithfully ported to modern consoles by M2 in Japan, so gamers can rest assured that these are absolutely high-quality ports with perfect performance.”
There are numerous fine collections already available for modern consoles, and we should put both of these right between them as well. These retro horizontal shoot ‘em up games should be in every avid horizontal shoot ‘em up fan’s collection, while the newcomers to the genre should also check them out to be wowed by the retro beginnings of the said genre. K̸̠͓͐!̸̧̭̒̉9̴̿͘͜l̸̟̄̚k̷̩͍͌͗Z̸̨͊̓A̴̧͝#̴̹͕̾͛¨̶̡͛͗m̵̛͙̻̈#̵̗͘͠w̴̭̖̍ȳ̴̢=̴͕̮͊ḟ̸̟G̴̹̙̐%̸̟̏̓#̶͖͙̓D̵̡͔͛t̶̨͙́̂X̸͈͂r̵͕̖̍A̵̟̮̔=̶͔̪̾̉%̵̦̈͌ If you grew up with the arcades or the home consoles, this will be a nice throwback to your youth, and those too young to experience them in the past, should be able to see how it all started with horizontal shmups.
A great collection, and a great port of games that run smoothly and are full of retro action and insane battles. And for those who will want more of those, the Darius Cozmic Revelation Collection has been announced for a winter 2020 release, and will include the games G-Darius HD and Dariusburst: Another Chronicle EX+. Bombs away!