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Nanostray 2 (DS)

Nanostray 2 (DS)
alaScore 88

21 reviews

Oct, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the controls and graphics are on the whole positive. The gameplay and design also get good reviews, but there are some mixed opinions about the value for money.

design, gameplay, graphics, controls

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Nanostray 2 (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 21 reviews)

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Nanostray 2 (DS)

 

Hundreds of enemies. Thousands of projectiles. Millions of points at stake. Billions of ways to die. Nanostray 2, in classic shoot-'em-up tradition, pits these mind-bending numbers against the power of one in a relentless challenge that demands...

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Nanostray 2

 

If the gaming world was a family, side-scrolling shooters are the grandfather that fought in World War II and Korea. Older, wiser but not forgotten, today's side scrollers, like Nanostray 2, do their heritage proud. Developed by Majesco Entertainment,...

Beautiful graphics for a DS title ; Old-school shooter goodness ; Stylus controls that actually work

Brutal difficulty level

This game is a must have for any shooter fan with a DS. It’s variety of play modes and difficulty will be keep you entertained indefinitely. My only real quarrel with the game is Adventure Mode’s "start from the beginning when you run out of lives"...

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Nanostray 2

 

Also known as Anger Management Training.

Excellent, mostly-smooth graphics ; Solid electronica soundtrack ; Varied level designs and environments ; Additional game modes, online rankings, and multiplayer extend game life ; Solid face-button controls

Extremely high difficulty ; Sometimes difficult to discern foreground from background ; Little difference among difficulty settings ; Worthless touch screen controls

The touchscreen controls work perfectly, I think it's the size of the screens and the hardware capabilities that limit it.

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Nanostray 2

 

A marked improvement on the original 2005 release, Nanostray 2 proves that old-school shooters have a place on the DS.

Highly addictive gameplay; improved control setup; the DS has rarely looked prettier

Some visual perception issues; unoriginal premise; too difficult for casual players

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Nanostray 2

 

The first Nanostray game started out as a little-known vertical scrolling shooter on the DS in 2005. The game's developer, Shin'en, took influences from its Iridion games they developed for the Game Boy Advance. It was a sleeper hit and solid game;...

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Nanostray 2

 

"The game is a much welcomed step up for the series, but casual gamer, consider ye be warned."

Looks great with interactive backgrounds ; Enormous replay value for any hardcore shooter fan ; Refined gameplay mechanics, with choice of control scheme

Frustrating even on the easiest of settings ; Not a lot of replay value for non-hardcore shooter fans ; Nothing special for character design

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Nanostray 2

 

The arcade shooter used to be the rule of the roost. Lifeforce, Gradius, R-Type, 1942, and other titles used to munch quarters and still sell well on home consoles. These days, the games are a niche genre. Ikaruga, Rez, and others show that while these...

Solid level design and decent challenge provide fans of the genre what they're looking for

Bland boss design ; Unlockables are rather ho hum ; Touch screen design is useless

This will be a good pocket shooter for fans, but if you aren't an initiate it won't do much to convert you.

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Nanostray 2 Review

 

Shooter fans shouldn't hesitate picking up this demanding blastathon.

Majesco

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Nanostray 2

 

The unforgiving difficulty and fast-paced thrills of blasting away wave after wave of incoming fighters is part of what made arcade space shooters of the mid-eighties and nineties so addictive

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Nanostray 2 review

 

Shin'en created a pair of decent 2D shooters for the Game Boy Advance; Iridion and Iridion II. These games influenced Nanostray, one of the DS's early titles. It was rated as a good game by many critics, and was one of the only 2D shooters on the DS...

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...

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