Cyber Citizen Shockman from Ratalaika Games and Shinyuden is finally landing in the West. Learn more about it in our Cyber Citizen Shockman review!
Cyber Citizen Shockman from Ratalaika Games and Shinyuden is finally landing in the West. The game was originally released for the PC Engine – what we know as the Turbografx-16 – all the way back in 1989 and is now getting a PlayStation release. You’ll be taking on the role of Shockman, the hero of justice, who has been transformed by Dr. Goutokuji. Shockman has been called into action to save the town from the Evul Groupp before 18 days have passed. Player one will be playing as Tasuke, while player two will be playing as Kyapiko. If you’re playing on your own, you can choose between either character.
Since this is an old-school game, the controls are going to be simple and to the point. You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button and attacking with the Square button. Once you get permission from the police station, you can use a charge beam by pressing and holding down the Square button. You can collect bombs to make all enemies on the screen explode, or some power-ups like the spring that allows your character to jump three times higher than usual, or a set of wings that will make your character float down at a slow pace after a jump.
You can also press the L2 button to rewind the action in case you make a mistake. Pressing the R2 button will fast-forward as needed. The game supports save states as well, as you can press the Touchpad on the DualSense at any time to bring up the menu and save your progress. There are also a pair of cheats you can activate for your convenience. One will make your character invincible so that it’s not damaged by any attacks. The other one can set your money to 9999, but that one needs to be activated once the game is up and running.
The money that you collect by defeating enemies can be used to purchase hints or to purchase items such as the Shockbeam Enhancement Unit A or repair your character to heal its wounds. You will also collect items as you liberate each area after defeating all enemies on your path and beating the boss at the end of each level. There are even upgrades for your sword and armor that you can collect after completing specific levels.
The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. And since Cyber Citizen Shockman is a Cross-Buy title, if you have a PlayStation 5, you can download the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each version will have its own trophy list. Said list includes 5 Silver trophies and 10 gold trophies. You’ll make them pop by completing each level and for obtaining the sword and armor improvement.
Cyber Citizen Shockman remained as a PC Engine Japan exclusive for over 30 years, and it’s now finally landed on PlayStation consoles. It offers an old-school gameplay loop and a 16-bit look that certainly has its charm. But given the game’s old-school nature, there will be many elements that repeat. There’s not much variety in the enemy department, and you’ll take on the same bosses at the end of each stage over and over again. Sure, one dragon might float around the screen while another one disappears and reappears, but you’ll run into one or the other more than once during your time with this one.
As a bonus, there’s a Gallery section where you can check out the game’s case and HuCARD, dozens of illustrations from the game and its characters and enemies, as well as the original game manual. Cyber Citizn Shockman is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your purchase will allow you to download both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game at no extra cost.
This Cyber Citizen Shockman review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.