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The Last Starfighter NES TItle screen

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What is a simple concept in theory is a nightmare in execution, as enemy ships come out of nowhere flying extremely fast, and shooting and/or avoiding them comes down to more luck than skill. There are also homing mines that mean almost instant death that come at you if you fly too slowly, but flying too quickly will result in you crashing into one of the many ground obstacles or incoming enemies. It’s a gameplay catch-22 that results in a mess of a game. Below average music and sound effects don’t help either.
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Questicle.net (Jul, 2012)
In my humble opinion, because of the lack of things to shoot, the wonky controls, the horrible placement of your ship in the center of the screen, and the huge amounts of luck that it would take to actually beat the game, let alone progress past the first level, The Last Starfighter is less a shmup, than a malevolent entity bent on causing human beings pain and suffering. And I’m not a man given to hyperbolic statements or long Faulknerian sentences.


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