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Viewpoint gets a lot from it's new rendered graphics. In fact, it looks almost too good to be true...probably because it is. Payment for the visual bliss comes in the form of intermittent frame rate slowage. Additionally, the music (which was the best thing about Viewpoint) has been changed. The new tunes, though at times change? Finally, the difficulty is still cranked up to nearly impossible (Viewpoint's only real drawback). Still, this is a great and visually blazing iso-shooter die hard shooter fans should not miss.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
While I like the graphic changes of the Neo, the new music just doesn't sound right. Viewpoint uses some original concepts and the perspective is pretty cool. I have played the Neo Geo version, so I'm used to the speed. Newcomers might find it a tad slow. If you want a tough shooter, you won't be disappointed with this one. It's hard...unbelievably hard. The password system is nice, but I would have settled for a more lenient "easy" mode.
Viewpoint's snazzy scenery still demands some serious play time, but take a run through Jupiter Strike if you need a dose of responsive, riveting space combat.
The password feature makes things easier, but even with only six levels, this will take you a long time to solve - if you have a high threshold for frustration. Otherwise, you may discard it long before.
All Game Guide
In conclusion, I'm not sure Viewpoint even be enjoyed by the hardcore shooter fans. You'll be cursing this game for the difficulty combined with a lack of innovation, slowdown and flickering problems, and the weak three-quarters view. Because there's so many bullets flying at your tiny little ship, the game feels almost unplayable at times. Rent before you buy.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
This is still a fair shooter. Die-hard fans of the genre will likely find something to like and this group is always up for a challenge. Rest assured they'll find it here. This one is actually harder than the first game thanks to the stuttering slowdown, but not even this is as annoying as the awful excuse for a soundtrack. Those who enjoyed this one on the Geo are better off staying on those grounds then venturing into this new territory.
The Video Game Critic
I was absolutely shocked to witness such a heinous degree of slow-down on a console like the Playstation. A three-letter password is provided, but there's no memory card save capability. I also dislike how the music tends to kick in belatedly during the opening stage. Viewpoint is a good game, but this Playstation translation didn't turn out very well at all. Stick with the Neo Geo version.
Sure, the graphics are nice, as far as these things go, but the control is incredibly slow. And, to confound things even more, the difficulty level has been set way too high. No one wants to play a tough game with awful control no matter how good it looks. It only makes things all the more frustrating. With wave after wave of obstacles that get in your way, and you with hardly any way of destroying them or moving out of the way, well, there's just no point. Avoid.