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SNK Playmore USA Corp continues to roll out classic Neo Geo titles. Few gamers could afford the machine when it was so pricey. But now the games have come way down in price, and are downloadable on the Playstation 3, and Playstation Portable. SHOCK TROOPERS is a shooter in the same vein as Ikari Warriors. You pick a character and a difficulty setting. Then shoot everything in site. If you want to survive you will avoid incoming fire.

I am impressed with the graphics in SHOCK TROOPERS. Little items like bananas looked realistic. Characters animate exceptionally well in SHOCK TROOPERS. The downside for this downloadable game is the blood flows freely, and there are plenty of disturbing violent images. I once caught my character on fire. He flayed around while he burned. That is the kind of image that sticks with you. Every continue you can choose a different character which is a very nice touch.

SHOCK TROOPERS feels like an arcade game. The only thing missing was standing up and putting quarters into the machine. The sound effects are mostly explosions and shooting sounds. In fact experienced shooter gamers will keep the fire button down unless they have an upgraded weapon. The upgrades only have so many shots in them. A few of the sounds felt like they were coming from inside a can, but most were crisp and clear.

SHOCK TROOPERS gives the player various paths to take. This will increase the replay value. The price is fair considering the alternative is much more expensive - if you can find an original cartridge. Various difficulty settings can be adjusted to add to the challenge. SHOCK TROOPERS is good at giving players just a little more, and bringing them back to get to the next level.

Speaking of levels, they are long in SHOCK TROOPERS. A level can consist of numerous areas, mini bosses, and finally an annoying boss. I had some problems with the direction the gun was shooting. Especially when I was trying to run away from something but shoot as I strategically retreated. Too often the game would move the gun to the direction I was moving. A quick jerk back would reset it, but this cost me numerous hits.

The goal of SHOCK TROOPERS is to stop the evil military force. I am not sure why they bothered kidnapping a doctor's daughter to get an invincibility serum. They have plenty of troops. I had trouble killing them all just to get to the end of the game. That many troops could take over quite a few countries. The lesson in SHOCK TROOPERS is to get them before they get you, and avoid getting hit.
- Paul


Graphics: 49%
Sound: 64%
Replay/Extras: 67%
Gameplay: 61%
Family Friendly Factor: 55%
System: Playstation 3/Playstation Portable
Publisher: SNK Playmore USA Corp
ESRB Rating: 'T' - Teen
{Violence, Blood}

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