|System: PS3 (X360,PC - 2006, 2007)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Wanako Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 28, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Since the game's release, however, other downloadable titles (such as Shadow Complex) have pushed the graphics envelope, and Assault Heroes is no longer at the front of the pack. For this reason, we wish the developers had used their three years of downtime to punch up the visuals a bit, making the game feel at home in 2010 on the PSN (and give Xbox owners a reason to buy the new version), but it's not the end of the world.
The sounds, meanwhile, are exactly what they should be: ominous-sounding rock music coupled with the usual assortment of explosions and gunshots. Along with the two-stick setup and current-generation graphics, the soundtrack helps the old-school gameplay seem fresh and exciting.
The only downside to the game is that the final scene is a bit too difficult, especially on medium difficulty and above. It's a timed escape that requires you to run down a hallway that's densely packed with enemies without slowing down. It's a shame that, after getting so far, so many casual gamers will probably just give up. To look at the bright side, re-trying this scene endlessly adds to the total playtime, which is only a few hours without it.
Assault Heroes is a simple game to learn, but there are many levels to work through, tough bosses to kill, and plenty of ways to challenge oneself. Every fan of action games should download it in some form. While the new PSN version add nothing to the game and costs more, it brings a great game to lots of new fans, and it deserves credit for that. Let's hope that 2008's Assault Heroes 2, another great XBLA title, will get the same treatment.
CCC Freelance Writer