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Viewpoint -- Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts brings you Viewpoint, now for play on the Sony PlayStation. Fight through six challenging levels, all graphically enhanced with an upbeat techno soundtrack, in this isometric prespective shooter converted from the SNK classic of the same name.

When I saw this at E3 I couldn't believe my eyes -- Viewpoint... on the PlayStation? Not only is this Viewpoint but a much improved version! This is one of those games that is very hard but you get to blast a bazillion ships into oblivion before you bite it -- that keeps me happy while I lose all my reserves. The incredible graphics, unreal soundtrack, and massive challenge offset the only real problem I have with Viewpoint -- the problematic slowdown. Destined to become more of a classic than it already is.

Another contender for the "Best 2-D" shooter slot on the PlayStation. Viewpoint goes well beyond Novastorm when it comes to the soundtrack... Basically, the music in this game great. Graphically, this is one slick package, everything is rendered in very crisp bright colors. As for play control, the game fares pretty well. Although I have to say this is one of the most difficult shooters that I've ever played, it wasn't so difficult as to discurage me. Nice HUGE explosions, pumping sound... without a doubt, this version makes the Neo*Geo original pale in comparison. One thing that got me though, was that E. Phoenix said he observed, was slowdown when he played. I personally didn't really notice much slowdown in this title. In fact I was rather impressed with how smooth the game ran. In any event, I would recommend this as a must buy for shooter fans. No question about it.

>>>>> 47.5/50 <<<<< E.Phoenix R.I.P.
Graphics 4.5 5.0
Sound 5.0 5.0
Gameplay/Control 5.0 4.5
Longevity/Playability 4.5 4.5
Overall 4.5 5.0
Total 23.5 24.0