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For Thunderforce fans who own a PlayStation, this is a coup. Not only do you get a technically superior version of Thunder Force V, you get it with all the extra bells and whistles too, providing considerable value and excellent gameplay.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System has a lot of hardcore, vocal detractors – a cult anti-following, you could say. These horizontal shmuppers are quick to decry its faults: “It doesn’t look as good as Lightening Force, and that’s a 16-bit game!” And, there’s more: “It doesn’t sound as good as the Sega Saturn version!” Even 2D shooter fans who don’t purchase outside of their PlayStation comfort zone pile on: “It doesn’t have the polish of an Einhander.”
Thunderforce V is a good game in a genre that may have one foot in the grave. It isn't the most exciting, nor best shooter on the PlayStation but it does have some entertaining areas that might be enough to arise interest. Fans of the shooting genre should take a good look at Thunderforce V as it could be the last pure, oldschool shooter for the PlayStation.
The Video Game Critic
Is it just me or are video games getting extremely hard? This game is a little too tough! Fortunately there's a full range of options to let you customize the difficulty and control. Completing stages unlocks artwork for your viewing pleasure. Thunder Force V never rises to the level of classic, but shooter fans will find plenty to enjoy.
במילים מאוד פשוטות, זהו משחק שניתן לוותר עליו. עוד כאב-לה על תהילת עולם, שהולכת ונמוגה אל מול שנות ה-2000 אשר בפתח.
All Game Guide
A throwback to the 16-bit era of gaming, Thunder Force V: Perfect System will please diehard fans of the Thunder Force series. However, it will frustrate many gamers, and some will feel as though they had more than their share of this type of shooter back in the early 1990s.