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Kid Icarus: Uprising
Original Release Date: 23/03/2012
Platforms: Nintendo DS.
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Kid Icarus Uprising is the third entry in the Kid Icarus series. The previous two being released in 1986 and 1992 respectively. Directed by Masahiro Sakurai, better know as the creative mastermind behind the Super Smash Bros franchise.
Uprising is a 3rd person action game that blends on rails shooter segments with free roaming ground combat. The single player campaign is lengthy and packed with lots of reply value. There’s a large list of achievements, collectables and easter eggs to work through, and that’s not even taking into account the full fledged multiplayer suite. There are 9 different weapon types to choose from which are all substantially different in handling both in air and on ground.
A deep weapon crafting compliments the variety on offer. The game is controlled by using a combination of the circle pad and aiming on the touch screen with the stylus. Becoming acclimatized with the unique controls is worth the hand cramps to see the epic story to it’s conclusion.
It plays best on the XL versions of the 3DS system, and even better if you have a grip attachment. Uprising is a title definitely tailor made for the 3DS, as it utilities all of the systems capabilities. It has streetpass functionality to trade weapons with other players, online multiplayer has its own plethora of achievements to work through, A fun little gallery for Augmented Reality cards, And a innovative scaling difficulty slider which gives each level 100 different ways to play through it.
Mention must be made for one of the best soundtracks Nintendo has ever produced. The voice acting is stellar and the script is outrageously funny. Kid Icarus Uprising comes highly recommended.
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