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超攻合神 サーディオン
©1992 Asmik
Release: 1992-03-20 (¥8800)
Cartridge SHVC-XA
Platform / Action game

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XARDION
( SNS-XA-USA )
Xardion is a futuristic platform/action shooter by Asmik. The player takes control of a team of futuristic humanoid robots in a world at war. The battle takes place in a distant solar system and the player must explore three different planets (Oceansphere, Hollowsphere and Fiera ) that span over nine different levels. One of the originality of the game is to offer three different robots, each one with their own special abilities and weapons : Salamander can fire in several directions and activate a shield, Alcedes can use a powerful spinning and freezing attack, and Leopard is short and can reach enemies that none of the others forms can hit (later in the game, Xardion, a powerful and mysterious robot, replaces Panthera). The game also offers an experience-based upgrading system, the more experience points the player collects, the more powerful and strong the characters become. Special items are also scattered around the game to help them out, such as life containers, special weapons and so forth.
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post card As a side note, the original Japanese version of the game also includes a gorgeous post card illustrated by Yasihiro Moriki.

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Xardion is a decent but really average game. The three characters are surprisingly very well balanced and you actually end up using all the forms available (unlike other games where you play with the same couple of characters). I personally like to freeze enemies with Alcedes before finishing them with another form to gain experience points. However the game becomes quickly difficult, very difficult, and experience points get harder and harder to collect as you progress... especially when the tiny jellyfish or bouncing squids from the first stage award you the same experience points that tough enemies later in the game! How frustrating is that? But I still like the balance between pure shooting action and strategy Asmik has put in the game. Xardion is not an amazing game, far from it, but it still offers some entertaining and highly challenging moments, even if it really shows its age...



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