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Game Vortex (Mar 31, 2008)
Many enemies will soak up your regular fire several times over before exploding, but give them a quick shot of your secondary and they're up in smoke. The secondary weapons are extremely good in boss battles, as long as you have them well matched. At the beginning of every level, you'll have a chance to change your settings, including a tweak to how your satellites are configured around the ship and what secondary you've chosen. All this customization and the variety of the game itself makes Nanostray 2 one to grab if you like a retro game. Even if the retro ticket isn't yours, you'll still find Nanostray 2 incredibly entertaining if you like action-packed arcade games. Fans will know the score, but Nanostray 2 has the potential to convert non-fans on their first try. Give it a whirl.
85 (Mar 28, 2008)
The shooter has been a genre in decline since 3D gaming became the standard, but games like Nanostray 2 are shining examples of why this type of game needs to kept alive. When you ask people why they games, they usually say that they like the challenge and fun that gaming provides. Well, Nanostray manages to provide both, and it provides them in quality fashion. Fans of the genre really shouldn't pass on this game, as it's easily the best available on the system, and possibly on any Nintendo handheld.
Project COE (Apr 03, 2008)
Nanostray remained one of my favourite games on Nintendo’s dual-screen system for a long period of time. I really didn’t expect Nanostray 2 to improve on the original formula as much as it has. It corrected all of the previous flaws and even added a new point of view. It doesn’t revolutionize the genre, but it proves to be a solid addition to the DS’ library. If you’re a fan of old-school shooters, do yourself a favour and pick up this game.
Game Chronicles (Mar 20, 2008)
Nanostray 2 has shattered my ego and destroyed my confidence as a gamer, at least on the DS and in this genre. The staggering difficulty and blazing visuals may overwhelm the casual gamer, but anyone who takes the time to master the frantic gameplay model and memorize every level and every enemy wave and boss pattern will find a deep, strategic, and somewhat oppressive shooter.
IGN (Mar 20, 2008)
If you're a DS-owning shooter fan, Nanostray 2 is a must buy. Not only is it a perfectly able shmup, it's also the only game in town. It's not inventive enough to catch the attention of the rest of the world, though. What it does it does well, but it's all been done before. Of course, in games, being fun is more important than being new, and Nanostray 2 is definitely fun. While the visuals are flashy, it's a shame the developers couldn't give the vehicles more character. The audio department helps to make up for the dull character design, though. Let's hope Shin'en's next DS shooter won't take another three years.
Da Gameboyz (Apr 12, 2008)
Nanostray 2 is great follow-up to the original DS title. With great graphics, great sound, and solid gameplay, there is really nothing wrong with this title. If there is any complaint to be had it is that this game may not appeal to casual gamers or newbies to the genre as noted in above. However, given all that is, Nanostray 2 deserves a chance to be experienced by anyone who owns a DS.
80 (Aug 28, 2008)
Nanostray 2 est un must du shoot’em up sur console portable. Graphiquement superbe, il propose des niveaux variés dont la difficulté ne rebutera pas les plus téméraires.
GamePro (US) (Mar 11, 2008)
Nanostray 2 sets right the problem of many first-gen DS games, namely tacked on controls, but it also homes in on its core demographic-- hardcore shooter fans. And really, there isn't a whole lot you can do with the schmup besides make it exponentially harder, which Nanostray 2 does in spades. The title will definitely please hardcore arcade shooter fans, but the increased difficulty may narrow the game's mainstream appeal. And we're fine with that, especially in an age where the casual gamer rules the galaxy.
GamesRadar (Mar 17, 2008)
Unrelenting difficulty aside, Nanostray 2 for the Nintendo DS is a top-notch shoot-'em-up that will give you your money's worth.
80 (Apr 30, 2008)
Nanostray 2 seemingly improves on the first game in every way while keeping up with detailed, interesting levels and gameplay. The sheer difficulty of the game, however, is enough to recommend that only dedicated shooter fans pick up this title. While the game is fun, it's also extremely hard, and will probably be a turn off for some gamers who don't like replaying the same thing over and over again because their ship got shot up just before they finished a level. For everyone else, it's a great time, and Challenge mode adds to the replay value after you finish the main story.
Traditionally, games that needed to carve out a niche for themselves within the crowded shooter genre have done so by introducing a new gimmick. Nanostray 2 relies instead on pure polish. The result is a game that feels a lot like the best parts of many classics that came before it. It might not appeal to the folk that engage in epic debates about the differences between Cave and Psikyo, but for the rest of us it’s well beyond satisfactory.
GameSpy (May 09, 2008)
Considering you'll revisit most levels multiple times and that you'll encounter the same obstacles and the same enemies at the exact same spots every time you do it, it's a very good thing that Nanostray 2 is fun. Damn fun, and very addictive. The weapons, the scenery, and the challenges are imaginative, the close-quarter combat is exceedingly difficult at times but never unfair, and the sights are pure eye candy. Even the audio, which includes 30-plus tunes, a ton of sound effects, and credible voiceover work, is impressive. If you enjoy this type of game, you won't find a much better example of it in the portable world.
GameSpot (Mar 27, 2008)
The multiplayer and Simulator modes leave a bit to be desired, but the Adventure, Arcade, and Challenge modes are quite satisfying. In fact, these modes should offer more than enough to satisfy and challenge both newcomers and pros alike. For classic shoot-'em-up action on the DS, Nanostray 2 is the game to get.
80 (Apr 27, 2008)
Ultimately, Nanostray 2 caters to the hardcore, traditional shooter fan. With limited continues and frustratingly-difficult level design (even on easy), the game will test anyone who claims to be a competent gamer. Visually, the game is still stunning with great background animation, and objects popping in and out of your shooting-plane; it’s just a shame the art direction for enemies feels so recycled. Aurally, the game holds up just as well, complete with voiced narration and synthesized music. The game is a much welcomed step up for the series, but casual gamer, consider ye be warned.
Cheat Code Central (Apr 03, 2008)
Shoot-'em-up fans who own a DS would be remiss to pass-up Nanostray 2, especially since there's not much else currently available in the genre for the system. The game simply delivers some no-nonsense, hardcore space shooter fun that's decidedly tough to beat but easy to pick up and jump right into. Nanostray 2 doesn't bring anything particularly new or amazing to the genre; it's great because it stays true to its roots.
GameDaily (Mar 18, 2008)
If you can't stand shooter games, Nanostray 2 isn't going to change your mind. However, if you can't let a day go by without dodging a few bullets and unleashing a super-bomb, this game is a delectable treat. Shin'en outdid itself in every department, including controls, presentation and the various modes. So what if it's hard? Swallow that pride and get ready to dish out the pain.
Game Freaks 365 (Mar 24, 2008)
With that said, approach Nanostray 2 with some caution: it requires patience, and fans of the genre will definitely find that it is an entertaining game to play. It is not going to suddenly revive 2D shooters or restore them to their former glory, but those seriously missing their favorite classic genre will be happy with what Shin'en has put together.
GameTrailers (Apr 24, 2008)
Nanostray 2 doesn’t go out of its way to reinvent arcade shooters, but it does deliver a fresh dose of bullets and boss fights for players with itchy trigger fingers. The challenges and online leaderboards are a plus for competitive players, and the high-adrenaline experience is a great fit for quick handheld sessions.
77 (Oct 23, 2008)
Rein technisch betrachtet ist Nanostray 2 genau wie der Vorgänger ein Musterschüler auf dem DS: Detail- und effektreich, wunderbar flüssig, wunderbar chaotisch - genau so hat klassische Balleraction im modernen Gewand auszusehen! Auch spielerisch folgt Shin’en dem ungeschriebenen Buch des Shoot-em-Up-Designs wortgenau, der Abenteuer-Modus ist herausfordernd, die Challenge-Variante ein toller Bonus für Pad-Profis. Allerdings bin ich mit der Steuerung nach wie vor nicht glücklich: Zwar bleibt uns dieses Mal dankbarerweise die fummelige Waffenwahl des Vorgängers erspart, aber sowohl mit Digi- als auch Touchpad gibt’s Probleme - erstere Variante ist etwas zu langsam, bei zweiterer fehlt die Übersicht. So bleibt ein toller Shooter, für dessen vollen Genuss man bereit sein muss, Kompromisse einzugehen - aber das sind Oldschool-Ballerfreunde ja ohnehin gewohnt.
Power Unlimited (Sep 08, 2008)
Als je wilt genieten van ouderwets pittige vlieg-en-schiet-actie, zonder het gevoel te krijgen dat je écht iets ouderwets speelt, dan is Nanostray 2 een mooie game voor jou.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 04, 2008)
Nanostray 2's one original feature is its unconventional (and confusing) scoring system, which rewards you for killing enemies one at a time. The adventure mode lets you unlock the eight stages, and it's a lot of fun despite some lame intermissions. An arcade mode lets you play each stage for score, but the fact that you need to finish each stage in order to register a high score makes no sense at all. When the rubber hits the road, Nanostray 2 succeeds in bringing back old-school shooting action, but isn't distinctive enough to make a name for itself.
Nintendojo (Apr 26, 2008)
This one's for shmup fans only. With no competition on DS, N2 scratches the itch for portable shooting. There's nothing fancy here, but it's a solid playthrough for $20. There's a bit too much memorization, but Shin'en feels close to something special. A third game might just fit the bill to greatness.
Video Games Daily (Apr 14, 2008)
All in all, Nanostray 2 is a significant improvement over its predecessor. The game looks pretty good, plays well, and has enough content to occupy your time for at least a little while.
While formulaic, it's a solid fun couple of hours to play through, and a difficult challenge mode injects added replay. There's even some multiplayer options, even if your buddy doesn't own a copy of the game. Oh, and as a favor to the game, I'm going to pretend I never tried the horrific touch-screen control variation.
70 (Oct 01, 2008)
Sans être révolutionnaire, Nanostray 2 est un shoot'em up agréable qui plaira aux amateurs du genre. Shin'en a visiblement privilégié le fond du titre sur sa forme : il a beau être un peu moins clinquant que son prédécesseur, Nanostray 2 propose en effet un gameplay plus classique qui présente l'avantage d'être particulièrement efficace.
Nanostray 2 is a solid game, no question. It would be nice if there were more of it, but what's there is both fun and challenging. If you're new to shmups, this definitely isn't the best place to get started. But salty, old gamers with fond memories of R-Type, Gradius and Life Force will get great pleasure out of Nanostray 2's multiple modes, even if they can see everything there is to see in the space of a day.
Pocket Gamer UK (May 13, 2008)
The DS isn't exactly inundated with shoot-'em-up titles and after the encouraging first game we had high hopes that this sequel would be an essential purchase. While it undoubtedly represents a definite improvement over its predecessor, we still can't help but hanker for something a little more original. Most should find it relatively engaging but if you're a hardcore shooter fan that has experienced this kind of caper a million times before then Nanostray 2 is unlikely to hold your interest for long.
1UP (Mar 17, 2008)
While the first Nanostray seemed to be an early filler for a lacking DS shooter library, the extra time spent on the sequel seems to have been worth it. Outside of retro ports, there isn't a straight-up shooter on the DS quite like it. But make no mistake -- its progression flaw is a big one, and if you know you can't deal with the unforgiving trial-and-error nature of games like it, look for something far more relaxing.