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Review: Super Ken Senshi
Author: defenestrator
Added: 17/08/2003

Super Ken Senshi is an excellent old-school shooter which will undoubtedly bring back a lot of memories of similar games for a lot of players (Xevious for me), and the fact that the makers implemented the online capabilities is very, very impressive. It's not without it's problems, but the fact that you can have a relatively good experience with up to four other players is a great achievement on their part.
Basically, Super ken Senshi is a vertically scrolling shooter, and while it may not have a huge amount of depth, shooters generally don't, and they don't need it, either, because flying around and killing hundreds of enemies has always been a good time. There is an excellent variety of weapon power-ups and enemies, and the lack of variety in levels doesn't really bother me. You don't really play a game like this to look at the scenery, after all. The sound and music are well-done and fit the futuristic combat mood of the game, and never get in the way of the overall experience.
Now, while it's great that you can play with others online, if you're trying to get a high score, it's probably the worst thing you can do, because the game begins lagging noticeably and I experienced lockups on more than one occassion. Also, it's tough to get ahead when someone else is there, grabbing all the powerups and killing all the enemies. If there were more of a focus on teamwork, such as building up a team score, or working towards killing a final bad guy, this wouldn't be such a problem, but since building up a high score is the only objective in the game, it's really not in your best interests to share. Yes, you can host invisible games to prevent others from playing with you, but I racked up 700,000 points doing that and the score didn't get sent to the high score list. I'm not sure if that's intentional (it shouldn't be), or even how often it happens, but I really don't feel like finding out again.
Then again, it's hard to fault the makers too much for trying to add more to an already-great game, especially when it's free. Hopefully, they'll find ways to make the sequel even better. Thanks for the game, and great job.

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