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PSYCHIC STORM
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©1992 Telenet Japan
©1992 Alpha System
Release : 1992-03-19 (¥6980)
SuperCDRom² TJCD2025
Shooter / Vertical
Psychic Storm is a vertical shooter up by Alpha system and published by Laser Soft/Telenet. Earth is under attack by a vicious race of insectoid-like aliens and the action begins in New Hong Kong City where most of the alien invasion seems to concentrate. Humanity's last hope lies with four courageous pilots and their space-fighters - Alex and his vulcan-gun laser, Charr and his Psyco Shell, Joe and his short-ranged but powerful Hell Flame and finally Nastasia and her Ion laser beams. Each ship can fire secondary weapons and also transform into a bio-mechanoid-beast ship with frightening powers. Alex's ship, for instance, can turn into a giant butterfly and shoot waves of fire from its large wings. Obviously, these forms only last for a short period of time but more energy can be collected along the way to extend their temporal power. Flashing enemies drop power-ups when destroyed which can either upgrade the primary weapon (blue orbs) or bring some life back (dual orbs). Pressing the two action buttons together also unleash a powerful bomb blast - they however take time to recharge and need to be used wisely. Finally, a two simultaneous player mode is available where players can combine their ships into a much stronger and powerful mutated form.
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Alpha system is today better known for their excellent Shikigami no Shiro (aka Castle Shikigami) shooter series.


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Psychic Storm debug mode Extra menu options:

Go to the title screen and move the cursor over the Transform mode.
There, press Select, I + Select, II + Select, I + II + Select, II + Select, I + Select and Select.
A new menu should appear (picture on the right) with new options including a level select.

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Honestly, the first time I played Psychic Storm, I didn't really know what to expect. Not many players praise this game but it ended up being a very enjoyable experience. Graphics are not the best I have seen for the PC Engine system but they are more than correct and everything runs smooth. The gameplay mechanics are by-the-book but they work really well, same for the controls which are excellent and always responsive. I would only have two complaints about the game - first of all, the soundtrack doesn't fit the action well and it is a real shame. Then the game is overall too easy... but I'm a shooter freak so maybe this comment doesn't really apply here. All in all, Psychic Storm is a nice shooter and provides its fair share of fun. The game is full of surprises and sadly too often overlooked.




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