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Steel Dragon EX is the Poor man's Radiant Silvergun

Why pay the equivalent of a week's rent on eBay for one of the finest shooters ever crafted when you can buy a PS2 rip-off for the price of a sandwich? Well, because Treasure's Saturn masterpiece is deep, balanced and mesmerizing and Steel Dragon EX is not.

It's not terrible - in fact the game benefits greatly from copying Silvergun 's Catherine Wheel bullet patterns and multiple-limbed bosses - it's just that Treasure's game will always be the deluxe version.

A blatantly similar-looking menu screen makes SDEX 's provenance clear, but without the genius weapon system, retainable upgrades and color-based score multiplier, it's all a vague, diluted approximation.



Above: At first glance it's Radiant Silvergun - until you wash it and all the dye comes out

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8 comments

  • D0CCON - February 27, 2010 5:52 a.m.

    Gotta love how the poor man's game still cost just as much as the good version.
  • GrayFox161 - January 7, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    Winback... What a crappy name...
  • linkganon - October 16, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    nobody will ever be able to outthrone metal gear solid except of course another metal gear solid. ah, hideo, you have to have long cutscenes which is a long rant, in which everybody makes no sense, and i guess raiden doesn't understand the ending of the second one eather, he might have intended to confuse you in order to put you in raiden's shoes.
  • RandomSamurai13 - August 31, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    That Street Racing Cyndicate sounds almost creepy, "Winning girlfriends" is almost justifiable, but making them dance clearly shows the distrubed nature of the developers. Who the hell makes their girlfriend dance?
  • WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny - August 31, 2009 2:20 p.m.

    hamstets rule
  • musashi1596 - August 31, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    Dogz is the poor mans Nintendogs? Fair enough, but the latter was hardly stellar material to begin with, so I shudder to think of the quality of the former.
  • hybrid616 - September 20, 2009 1:53 p.m.

    @darklinkinfinite. actually, MGS1 had the pop out and shoot mechanic. and also the laser sight. granted, you couldn't use it in first person, but it was there to help you aim with the overhead camera... did you assume they meant MGS2 because they used that picture? they used it because they were both on PS2.
  • darklinkinfinite - August 31, 2009 11:51 p.m.

    I wonder if they realize that Winback on the PS2 is an updated port of an N64 game released in 1999, two years before Metal Gear Solid 2 and actually introduced the pop out and shoot w/ laser site mechanic that MGS2 would later itself use.

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