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Border Down Reviews (Dreamcast)

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The Video Game Critic (Aug 10, 2008)
The game is slightly boss-heavy, but they don't tend to overstay their welcome. High scores are saved with your initials to a rankings screen. The electronic music isn't exceptional, but at least it has a nice old school vibe. It's a shame Border Down wasn't available during the Dreamcast's heyday, because this really shows off the system's power.
85 (Mar 24, 2011)
Curieux mélange entre manic shooting et styles plus classiques, Border Down est au carrefour des genres et enrichit son gameplay grâce à son système de border unique qui permet d’aborder chaque niveau sous trois angles différents. Sa difficulté délirante et son système de scoring complexe sont aussi ses caractéristiques principales et seuls les plus chevronnés d’entre vous auront une chance de s’aventurer dans les derniers niveaux du jeu. S’il ne parvient pas à faire trembler les maîtres incontestés (Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga, Thunder Force V, etc.), sa réalisation sans faille et son gameplay aux petits oignons en font actuellement le meilleur shoot’em up à scrolling horizontal pour Dreamcast. Un autre shoot, Sturmwind, devrait sortir sur la dame blanche de Sega dans le courant de l’année 2011, et les premières vidéos du jeu semblent vraiment prometteuses. Parviendra-t-il à détrôner Border Down ? Seul l’avenir nous le dira, mais soyez sûr que l’on vous tiendra au courant.
Defunct Games (Apr 23, 2006)
For fans of this genre, which is indeed beginning to wane, this is well worth adding to your collection. Supporting these kinds of games will let the world know we are still playing our Dreamcast's and loving every quirky minute of it.
Bordersdown (Nov 04, 2003)
Border Down is plenty hard enough to provide a serious challenge, requiring a decent time investment to suss out all the available levels and even then, the constantly varying difficulty level ensures you can never really learn the stages off by heart. The developers have thought long and hard about how they can create something original that remains superbly fun. This has paid off, resulting in a tight game structure, where there is a real incentive to not lose any lives unintentionally. Some players are going to be put off by the lack of obscene power-ups and choice of only two available weapons, but others are going to be drawn in by the thinking man’s combat system, along with the relaxed and pure style of the gameplay. This is where Border Down excels. Dodging bullets, shooting aliens, owning the bosses and racking up the scores.