In an industry overloaded with choice, there’s a modesty to Habroxia 2 that’s easy to appreciate. The successor to Lillymo Games retro-inspired arcade shooter humbly thanks you for playing the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita release each time you load it up, and while cynics could hand-wave the gratitude and declare it disingenuous, we get the distinct impression that the developer is being sincere here: it knows that there are lots of options on Sony’s consoles, and it genuinely appreciates being your pick.
The title rewards your time with a confident and likeable intergalactic escapade that will run you about four or five hours to see through once. Beyond that, there’s a New Game Plus mode designed to encourage a second run, and because the game is built around persistent upgrades, it’s something you’ll probably want to beat as you blast your way towards the title’s Platinum Trophy. The plot – about an intrepid interstellar explorer searching for her father – takes a backseat, allowing the old-school action to take centre stage.
Combat is entertaining, and enhanced by a loadout system that allows you to select from a pool of different secondary fire options. Levels transition between horizontal skirmishes and vertical shootouts, and always end with a boss fight. Some have multiple bounties hidden within them, encouraging replayability. Everything is done in service of tokens, which can then be spent on enhancing your space-craft, adding amenities like additional health or reinforcing your fire rate. Stages that seemed tough initially will quickly become a breeze.
Because of this the game can seem a little easy at times, but it’s rewarding in the right way, and a staggering number of unique enemy types makes for fun encounters regardless. There’s a Boss Rush mode and Boost Rush mode to extend the lifespan of the title once you’ve completed all of its core stages, and the entire experience is complemented by a bone-shaking chiptune soundtrack. The sprites look big and chunky on a 4K television, but the gameplay transitions to the PS Vita tidily – there are just some forgivable framerate judders on Sony’s handheld to keep in mind.
All in all, Habroxia 2 knows it’s not reinventing the wheel, but it settles for a fulfilling campaign that will hold your attention from beginning through New Game Plus. With a rewarding upgrade system and sturdy presentation, this is gaming comfort food for those who grew up in the arcade era, and it comes recommended if you’re looking for an old-school shooter to blast through in a few sittings.
Looking forward to getting my copy. Enjoyed the first and more than happy to support Colin.
looks pretty awesome
More shmups is always welcome
The game seems good and I like to support cls, I hope sometime in the future they're gonna make 2D metroidvania games
First one was great, take my money.
Never played the first one, but I enjoyed Twin Breakers. Also, I’ll gladly support Colin for the endless hours of podcast entertainment he’s given me.
Big supporter of Colin, already pre-ordered my physical Vita copy and look forward to buying digital upon release.
Me and my son will definitely be getting on this He just doesn't know what he's been missing out on when it comes to these games lol but he will learn 😉👌
@ShowUp2ShutDown Haha! Love this!
Yep looks like Lillymo and CLS or last stand media as they are now know. keep capturing lighting in a bottle - bravo Colin . Looking forward to playing this on the vita
@wiiware Colin said a JRPG is next in the works I believe.
So excited. Can’t wait how it’ll turn out.
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