The summer months generally bring quite a few nice things in to our lives, such as the only chance of beautiful weather we get every year, ice cream and music festivals.
Unfortunately, a wealth of blockbuster video game titles to choose from do not number among those aforementioned nice things. This doesn't mean that the odd gem doesn't feature among the trickle of independent releases that pepper the console's respective app stores.
Enter Galak-Z, a nostalgic throwback to the days when video games used to be hard. Like really hard. The type of games that require vast amounts of experience and muscle memory to master, and nothing more.
Galak-Z mimics the look and feel of old-school classics like Asteroids or Sinistar, along with paying homage to various anime series that came to the West in the 1980s.
Players control the character of Adam "A-Tak" Takamoto, the last surviving pilot of a human interstellar coalition ambushed by bad guys from a hostile alien empire.
A-Tak links up with a wayward carrier Axellios and teams up with its crew to try and get back to Earth to warn their home planet of impending doom. Galak-Z takes its name from Adam's spacecraft, a unique ship that can transform from spacecraft to mech robot.
The standout feature of Galak-Z, for me, has to be the control scheme, which makes brilliant use of multi-directional thrust physics. Once mastered, this system allows you to dance literal rings around your enemies.
Elements of the controls are carefully introduced one by one at first so as not to overwhelm, but taken as a whole the control scheme does a great job of making me feel like I'm actually piloting something. This is probably GALAK-Z's greatest achievement, and the sense of skill and accomplishment it imparts is ever-present, and constantly increasing as you get deeper into the 25-mission campaign.
There's also a wide array of cool power-ups to unlock, but I found that there is rarely places to implement these creatively or meaningfully, due to the fairly repetitive nature of the objectives presented to you. Needless to say, this does not decrease the fun factor by any huge amount.
Galak-Z is the perfect title to have sitting on your console for some casual fun, a definite recommendation for any PS4 owner.
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