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I Hope You Like Missiles

Posted by Sean on May 27th, 2011

I was recently perusing Metacritic when I happened to notice a well-reviewed game with the title “Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury.” While not a fan of the part of that title that sounds like a Taiwanese Sex Tourism package, I am a big supporter of both missiles and fury. The mech on the game’s box art doesn’t look especially furious, but I can safely say the missile angle had been thoroughly covered. This game is all about their guided chemical explosives.

Based on a few screenshots I found, it’s clear that the game design process for Missile Fury went something like this:

  1. Play classic side-scrolling shooter
  2. Write down every weapon in said shooter
  3. Replace whatever that weapons fires with missiles
  4. “Is it shooting enough missiles? Give it some more missiles to shoot.”
  5. Add that weapon to Bangai-O: Missile Fury

Don’t believe me? Prepare to be humbled by your own factual inadequacy.

I made several dedicated attempts to describe exactly what is going on here, but gave up after I ran out of ways to combine the word “missile” with “horsemen of the apocalypse”. I have a feeling the technical writers at Treasure, the game’s Japanese developer, ran into the same issue.

As surprising as its missile-centric worldview is, this $10 XLA game is apparently pretty damn good, with an 81/100 Metacritic score. I’m not usually a big fan of maddening, nonsensical Bullet Hell games but I think I’ll give this one a try. Expect my vocabulary of missile-related terms to increase exponentially.

[Source: Metacritic]

2 Responses to I Hope You Like Missiles

  1. The real question is whether you pronounce the -ILE in missile as in “Kim Jong-IL” or as in “pedophile”.

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