Shoot ‘em up sequel Habroxia 2 from Lillymo Games is reporting for duty on PlayStation 4. Learn more about it in our Habroxia 2 review!
Shoot ‘em up sequel Habroxia 2 from Lillymo Games is now ready to go PlayStation 4! You’ll be flying your spaceship as Sabrina, a young pilot just getting her start. She sets out on an adventure to defend the Free Space from an alien attack while she searches for her father, who went missing when a group of pilots was sent to take action. As was the case for its prequel, you’ll be exploring levels that switch around between a horizontal shoot ‘em up and a vertical one, having to adjust to things accordingly.
You’ll move your spaceship with the left analog stick, aiming and firing your main weapon with the right analog stick. Because of this, you’ll be able to aim and shoot all around you! You’ll also have access to special weapons that can be used with the L1 and R1 buttons. There are also extra specials mapped to the L2 button, which will depend on what you manage to collect as you explore each stage. You could have a powerful laser that will destroy anything on its path while also dealing a big chunk of damage to bosses, a bomb to clear the screen of all bullets while also dealing damage, or some satellite shields to protect you. There is also have a handy boost feature you can use with the R2 button, which will allow you to destroy some barriers and damage enemies that get too close.
There are different special weapons for you to equip on your spaceship’s front and rear-facing slots, with each one having different stat values in speed, bullets, power, and spread. Some might offer a faster shooting weapon that can deal average damage without having any spread whatsoever, while others can spice things up by offering different patterns for the bullets you shoot while sacrificing power, speed, or the number of bullets you shoot. At first, you’ll only have access to the Vulcan special weapon, but as you progress through Habroxia 2, more options will become available.
Once you’re done with the starting tutorial stage, you’ll be thrown on a map where you can fly around to search for the next level to take. Each stage will have some additional objectives for you to complete, such as rescuing a missing astronaut, taking down an enemy bounty, or hunting down a boss or two. To complete all of these objectives, you’ll need to pay attention to each level as you fly around it because you could end up missing an alternate route that would not only lead you to a new boss fight – and maybe that missing astronaut or a bounty enemy – but could also open an extra stage for you to take on!
As you destroy enemies, obstacles, asteroids, and bosses, you’ll get to collect the shiny credits they leave behind. Credits can be spent at the shop at the space station so that you can improve your spaceship’s performance. There’s the option of increasing its health, shot power, shot spread, special shot power, fire rate, add a pickup magnet so that stuff just flies into your ship when you’re flying nearby, or even add a bomb, a laser blast, a bubble shield, orbital shields, or an extra boost to your ship. You can purchase 64 upgrades in total, with each subsequent upgrade in the same category costing you more credits.
Your first trophy will pop once you’ve finished the tutorial. After this, you’ll be unlocking trophies the first time you die, for having 1,000 credits on you at any time, for beating each of the game’s 20 bosses, for beating a level with 25% health or less, for rescuing an astronaut, for rescuing all astronauts, for killing ten astronauts, achieving an S rank on any stage, for defeating an enemy bounty, for defeating all enemy bounties, for getting a combo of 100 or higher, or for beating a boss with the boost, to name some examples.
And once you complete the game, you’ll unlock Boss Rush Mode, Boost Rush Mode, as well as New Game+! Boss Rush Mode will have you battling against all of the game’s bosses, one after the other. It will allow you to select your starting special weapon, but after you defeat each boss, it will switch it up for a new one. For Boost Rush Mode, your spaceship will be moving forward at boost speed at all times, and you must avoid all obstacles to stay alive. New Game+ has you once again take on all stages – and final bosses –, but the difficulty is increased, and enemies and bosses have extra health. At least you get to play it with all of your unlocked upgrades!
Habroxia 2 improves on everything that its prequel did, giving us a better looking, better sounding, and more fun shoot ‘em up on PlayStation 4. It does tread some familiar territory by reusing enemies and bosses from the first game, but that’s not unheard of in other shoot ‘em ups – or of sequels in general. Habroxia 2 is out now on PlayStation 4 with a $9.99 asking price.
This Habroxia 2 review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Lillymo Games.