Challenging bullet hell shoot ’em up Danmaku Unlimited 3 from Doragon is ready to go on PlayStation 4. Are you ready? Check out our Danmaku Unlimited 3 review!
This is a double review for Danmaku Unlimited 3. Ceidz and EdEN played the game, and this review presents what they both had to say.
Take to the skies once more as the last defender of humanity against overwhelming odds! Lovingly built to be enjoyed by newcomers and genre veterans alike, Danmaku Unlimited 3 is a perfect medley of the best aspects of classic Bullet Hell shooters wrapped up in a modern and approachable package.
Challenging bullet hell shoot ’em up Danmaku Unlimited 3 from Doragon is ready to go on PlayStation 4. The game was launched on Nintendo Switch back in 2018, and it’s one I was curious to check on Sony’s console. As you begin, you’ll be thrown into a quest to defend humanity against the invaders who are up to no good. It’s a Japanese-style bullet hell that pays homage to the classics in the genre, and it’s one that feels welcoming enough to newcomers while also offering something for veterans.
As I started to play, I noticed how some bullets that seemed like they should have hit my ship would not make it explode upon contact. Upon taking a closer look, I realized there was a shiny glowing dot right in the center of my ship. It turns out that this dot was my ship’s actual hitbox, which means that unless a bullet hit that dot, I was safe. This ended up changing how I approached things and how I played, but I have to say it’s something I really liked since having a visual cue for the hitbox is a clever way of keeping you on alert while being fair.
You’ll be able to control and pilot your space fighter with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you line shots and avoid incoming attacks – again, by making sure they don’t hit the glowing dot in the middle of your vehicle. You can fire your weapon with the X button and can unleash a beam by combining this with the Square button. You need to know that when you’re using the beam, your ship will move at a much slower speed, which could end up leaving you open for an enemy to hit you with a bullet that you could have avoided. I felt this was a nice way of giving us a risk-and-reward scenario for this shoot ’em up.
The Circle button will be used for Trance. Trance is only available when playing in Spirit Mode – EdEN will tell you more about the two game modes below. What Trance does is it boosts the power of your weapons for a short period of time instead of unleashing a bomb, which is what the Circle button is used for in Graze Mode. I also liked how I could set bombs to be used automatically when a bullet was about to hit me, which is a nice touch since bombs will destroy all enemy bullets within its range while also dealing serious damage to enemies!
I have to say that I enjoyed playing Danmaku Unlimited 3 on PlayStation 4. The gameplay is fun, and having the two game modes – Spirit and Graze – made it easier for me to jump into the game as I learned the basics so that I could have a better idea of what I was going up against. I definitely recommend you play this one on Sony’s console since it offers a shoot ’em up experience to remember!
As Ceidz mentioned, Danmaku Unlimited 3 from Doragon is a solid bullet hell that will challenge you from start to finish. Doragon is a single-person development studio from Canada that features the work of Sunny Tam. I previously reviewed the game on Nintendo Switch – and so did Tracey – so I was definitely up for checking out the game and once again taking it for a spin on PlayStation 4.
The game can be played in one of four difficulty settings – Easy, Medium, Hard, and True, which makes it easier for gamers of all skill levels to be able to reach the end. You can also further customize your experience by selecting your main weapon and beam loadout to complement your playing style. Your choices will affect the firing pattern of your primary weapon and beam, and you can mix and match as needed. At first, there are only two options for your to choose from, but by completing some objectives – such as beating the game, grazing 3,000 bullets in one chain, or scoring over a billion points, you’ll unlock some extra options.
As Ceidz hinted at, you can play through all of Danmaku Unlimited 3 in one of two modes: Spirit and Graze. Spirit is recommended for those of you that don’t have as much experience with the shoot ’em up genre since it will offer a lower overall challenge. The enemies you defeat will leave their bullets behind as spirits, which are harmless to your ship. Collect them to boost the Trance meter. As for Graze, as you fly closer to bullets, energy will be added to the Trance meter on the right side of the screen.
Once the Trance meter is full and you press the Circle button to enter Trance mode, your attacks will deal a lot more damage over a short period of time. On top of that, all enemies that you destroy during Trance mode will be converted into gems, which you can collect to considerably boost your overall score. Why is that? Because gems will be added to the counter on the left side of the screen, which will act as a score multiplier.
And now, let’s talk about the trophies. Danmaku Unlimited 3 has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and while it won’t be an easy one to work on, it will certainly be a fun one! The list includes 11 Bronze trophies, 6 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies. Due to how the objectives are split between them, you’ll have to play the game from start to finish in Spirit Mode and do it again in Graze Mode – or vice versa – to obtain most of the trophies. The miscellaneous ones are for
We had a good time with Danmaku Unlimited 3 on PlayStation 4. The game’s fast-paced action offers a solid bullet hell experience that gamers of all skill levels will get a chance to enjoy thanks to its two modes – Spirit and Graze – as well as its four difficulty levels. It also allows you to customize your experience by offering two starting primary weapon and beam options with some extra ones to unlock. There’s also a Boss Rush Mode to take on
for some extra replay value. Danmaku Unlimited 3 is out on PlayStation 4 with a $13.99 price tag.
This Danmaku Unlimited 3 review is based on PlayStation copies provided by Doragon.