Even die-hard Strike Witches fans seem to be anticipating news on the “freeware level” $80 Strike Witches game more for the opportunity to rage at otaku exploitation than the chance to play a pantsu-laden shooting game, and the latest gameplay video does not disappoint in this regard:

A less than inspiring use of an HD console, although the cunningly exorbitant price probably guarantees profitability thanks to the core of fans who would buy anything containing a saucy Sanya x Eila scene

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still don't see the issue. It makes me wonder if the people bitching and complaining have played any of the other shmups on the system. Sure, it could use better shot sounds, and slightly more flash in the graphics, but when compared to the rest of the shmup fair on the 360, only titles like Death Smiles 2 really stand out. Otomedius G and plenty of other titles are roughly on the same level as this Strike Witches game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool will I need to put a token in the Xbox to play?
    Assuming that their is a Lunatic mode, I will run out of tokens before owning this half-assed game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    watching that video clip...

    I'm not really seeing this supposed "lack of quality". but maybe I just have realistic expectations for the genre, and understand that liscensed games don't tend to be aimed to be the next huge "killer app" for a given system.
    $80 may be an exorbitant game price, but let's not confuse "the company wants too much money" for "this is a poor game".

    it's a liscensed SHMUP. it's not going to be leaping up and down, waving it's arms, and humping your leg screaming HI-DEF! HI-DEF!. honestly, I'm getting somewhat tired of games being judged based on their looks alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Games are a graphic art. A good story will not save a game that looks 'cheesy'. The clip of the combat sequence looked like a rather poor Gameboy variant.

    Considering the high quality of 3D games in general, this looks like a return to the 90s.

    As a fan of Strike Witches, I am terribly disappointed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something like this for 80 buck might've worked better back in the 90's, but now, it's just shit.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    03:32 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking "What Next?"

    Perhaps design a "Gunslinger Girl" game, but essentially just use the program for one of the classic (and Formulaic but good) SNES games, like "Iria", "Lupin", "3X3 Eyes"...

    Then charge $80...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, that's horrible. Gradius, R-Type, Einhander, etc, etc... So many game series have done side scrolling shooters better. This doesn't even look like fun from a gameplay stand point. It looks like a frustrating annoyance. Graphically... It's not good. I don't like Strike Witches in any medium, but this is the worst. They could have easily gone for a more realistic approach like varying ammo clip sizes and reloads to slow down that mindless spray that side scrolling shooters are plagued by. They also could have made a 3D shooter game wherein the flying girls gun down targets. That might have been fun just because flying in 3D is fun when well executed. This is just so so sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. They should also have made it a game where you have a vast, realistic, free roaming world where you can steal cars.

    And oh, make it first person. And replace Yoshika with Nier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Area 88 for the super nes rape this game really hard.

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    22:01 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm trying to be optimistic; I'll take the uberly cute Eila cutscene portraits and Nakai Erika's voicework as the major draws of the game while the shooting part is just an extra minigame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should have made it into a flight & yuri simulator instead..

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i will be downloading this shit for laught ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks GREAT!...
    for wii

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Touhou: Now in horizontal mode.

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    Comment by Ghostchase
    16:03 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks good and I love SW, but I'd rather just play Triggerheart after seeing the game play.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck you assholes who piss me off! Giving minus points! You shit fuckers that should die! Go die and fuck off earth! You are shit stinking assholes! You playing games is a loser time instead of finding a girl and making a family!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That boss battle would have been a lot cooler if it was bigger, doubled as a carrier, and had individual gun turrets shooting at you along its surface and belly.

    It's fought in stages.

    First, and endurance type phase where it releases tons of enemies and you have to destroy the hanger.

    Second, You get up close and personal, zooming across the wings destroying the turrets and that leads into the third phase where you attack critical points on the wing to make it crash.

    Of course a gameplay overhaul would have to be made, Ace Combat style, to make this possible. But really I should watch a few episodes of Strike Witches so I know there things are coming from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg fail. Do they really expect to get $80 per copy of this crap, or is that just to break even with all the illegal copies that will undoubtedly come out?

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    Comment by steph
    21:50 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    bad graphics or not, the gameplay looks kinda fun.

    not sure why they don't just release it for the pc, though. they could have at least animated the dialogue graphics :l

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    reward:pantsu shot at end game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And now imagine:

    -Level of Detail from Crysis
    -Gameplay of Zone of the Enders
    -120 Hours campaign (Online and offline coop support with splitscreen up to 4 players in any online/offline combination)
    -Versus mode
    -Softcore yuri scenes
    -Mini games like catch the panty-thief
    -alternate costumes
    -Dating game components

    Now that's an $80 game....actually i'd pay like 200 for a special edition with pantsu, the 100 songs OST and a figurine.

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    Comment by Coburn64
    19:19 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would make Strike Witches fans pee themselves with excitement. But yes, I can see your point. Ya hear that, developers?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never understood why the Japan devs don't do stuff like that. If they would try to make a hardcore fanservice game with replay value I'm sure people would buy it. Getting tired of halfassed fanservice crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you're saying that you want all video games to be Grand Theft Gears of Duty ODST?

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    23:27 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With anime lolis in panties killing and f*cking each other's naked corpses...

    Oh~ Maybe even licking each other's armpits like in Koihime Musou...Bloody Gods, I would not mind buying an $80 game with a yuri loli x loli armpit-licking scene in it...

    *massive nosebleed*

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 13/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    By now I'm pretty sure yo don't have a life

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i would actually want ANY game to be like this

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh! I believe you forgot a few items in your list.

    - Blood and gore
    - First person view
    - Open, sandbox gameplay
    - Big burly men

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol American gamers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eira! ¯ 3 ¯

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting game but only for X-BoX 360? I hate that shit! PS3 is better.

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    Comment by Coburn64
    19:18 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And no mention of Wii? There would be a PS3 version of this later on I guess - or a port anyway.

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    Comment by Eleriel
    18:56 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... when the big one explodes at 3:55, the game slows down as if it has trouble rendering it all.

    Now that is crappy programming.

    prolly has exorbitant loading times too. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that was made on purpose.
    Like a slow-motion effect to make it look awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:21 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ikaruga on the Dreamcast did that as well. That was definitely intentional, even whiting out the screen with the particles and everything. Had an awesome, goosebump inducing effect on me the first time I saw it. Even if it wasn't intentional, I guarantee you it was a happy accident and they kept it. They may have used a similar concept here, but not for the right reason it seems.

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    Comment by Eleriel
    20:17 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sadly, it looks more like the graphics are stuttering.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you totally missed out the effect eh?

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    Comment by Coburn64
    19:16 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would only slow down if it was rendered in 3D. If it's a 2.5D Sprite game, there wouldn't be much lag, as the consoles are faster processing 2D stuff than 3D (unless the game off-loads 3D work to the GPU, which increases the speed of the game)

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    Comment by Eleriel
    20:25 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it might be rendered in 3d but made to look like 2d by making the camera and movement fixed in one plane.

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    Comment by Coburn64
    20:36 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. I did notice that the characters do look like they zoom out (ie. get further away from the camera) when rotating around the enemy, that would mean it's 3D or pseudo-3D...

    Also, is it just me or is there no health in the game? I saw the witches get hit with some Neuroi attacks, but I didn't see any witches fall down from the sky off the screen (as they would be dead/KO'ed). Unless the health setup is going to be coded in later...

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    Comment by Coburn64
    18:40 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting concept, bad execution.

    The game itself may be of poor quality, but I'm sure that their will be many fans that will buy the game just for the laughs at the poor quality or just to kill some time.

    Despite only looking at the first few seconds of the YouTube video, if the developers learn from their mistakes, the game series could really excel. Also, full 3D or just 2.5D with sprites?

    Also, the dialogue setup is horrible IMO - I'd perfer characters in 3D interacting (like if someone's pissed off, they push the other character as you'd do in real life), not something like a visual novel dialogue setup.

    I'll keep my eye on this.

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    Comment by Lord Ryo
    01:04 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think a Strike Witches game that plays out along the lines of Valkyria Chronicles would be fantastic, or maybe even similar to Dark Void as far as gameplay goes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Phhhhfff. How *exactly* is this an interesting concept? A billion other shmups are exactly the same. Doesn't really feature any interesting mechanics at all. You want to talk about shmups with interesting concepts? Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga, Apogee's Raptor, hell basically anything but this.

    Many of these doujin shmups are downloadable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could of made this game in a similar vein to Ace Combat.

    Now that would much better game and get the view to boot :)

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    09:28 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny enough, I was kind of thinking the same thing....but it's obvious they were going the cheap route with this....

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    Comment by Ovada
    18:45 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll be buying it for a good laugh ^^
    You're totally right :D

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:31 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its not doing well like other "otaku exploitation" games simply because you can hardly see their pantsu.

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    Comment by DFC
    18:37 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A Strike Witches VN would most probably be better..

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    Comment by Aliaus
    04:37 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    will there be a pantsu-removing patch?

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    09:26 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't doubt something like that, although there will probably be a censor bar in place with the patch.

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    Comment by MasterYuke
    12:49 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that damn textbox is in the way of their not-pantsu!

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    Comment by basilio
    21:10 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're not pantsu!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOLZ! Can't have 2 cake and eat all of them....

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think there were more minutes of dialogue than action - it almost is a vn.
    As we already knew, the effects look really cheap. The hitboxes are teensy and they tried to compensate by adding more projectiles and making them more powerful. It doesn't look like that really worked or resulted in a fun game.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    09:29 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With the way this thing looks, it's as if they used a VN budget to make it....

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