Certain games bring the player a great feeling of nostalgia. Ghost Blade HD gave me that feeling of playing at the arcade. This game is just a little too short for my tastes though. Thankfully, the price is still really low.
The story is not even mentioned during the game. For me to understand why I was destroying so many ships, I had to look online for the story. I really can’t use that to review the game, so the story will have no impact on this review.
The gameplay for Ghost Hunter HD is rather simple. Players don’t have to do much other than just shoot everything that comes at you. You find the ship that you are piloting has two ways to destroy the enemies. The basic ability to fire is the main feature I used at the start. The second feature is more of a focus fire that uses all of the energy to destroy enemies.
Moving the ship around is something I found to be way too easy. The gameplay is something you will find easy to pick up, but mastering it is something else. I would love to talk more about the gameplay. It is just that the game doesn’t feature more than shooting and moving around. I give the gameplay an 8 out of 10.
The music in this game is something that you have to learn to enjoy. When the game starts, the music is something you really want to turn off. As you progress through the five levels, the sounds of the game slowly start creeping up on you. These techno beats just cause you to either hate them or fall in love. For me, I have to give the audio a 7.5 out of 10.
Ghost Blade HD features hand-drawn backgrounds and a group of fantastic looking 3D model enemies. The backgrounds feature different space-themed worlds that feature highways. These games always have some kind of road built in them. Even in the midst of space, you see highways rising above everything. The three pilots look like something you would have drawn in high school: three scantily clad women who are kicking butt. I give the graphics a 7 out of 10.
Ghost Blade HD is a run-of-the-mill game that will keep the fans of the shmup genre happy. The game really only has five levels. Something like this on the Xbox One should be a little bigger. I keep taking about the crowded market that is Xbox Live’s store. This game would shine if it had something other than an online leaderboard. Perhaps in the future an online multiple player mode could be added.