COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Liberation Maiden 3DS Review

Updated: 11/05/2012 12:53 PM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

I have really been enjoying my Nintendo 3DS XL a lot lately. I didn’t know how much I would play it because of my busy schedule, but I actually play it a lot more than I thought I would.

I can just pull it out anytime and play whatever game I have loaded on to it or inserted. It takes seconds to start up and there is little to no waiting to start playing a game.

The one thing that I really like is that there is an “eshop” where you can log onto the internet and buy games that are downloaded to the 3DS. There are new games like “Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask” and there are classic games like “The Legend of Zelda.”

You purchase the games with a credit card or by using a pre-paid card.  The games range in price from $1.99 to $39.99. 

There are also new games that are developed just for the Nintendo 3DS like that game I am going to review now called “Liberation Maiden.”

This is a sci-fi space shooter that was created by Level-5 and Grasshopper Manufacture’s SUDA51 team. 

You character is named “Shoko Ozora” and you are a specialized fighter pilot and you control a robot named “Kamui.” It is 100 years into the future and your mission is to protect the New Japan from invading forces. There are ground, air and sea forces trying to stop you and you have to destroy them all.

The main things that Shoko has to destroy in each level are Conduit Spikes. They are big dome shaped things and they are sometimes hidden. In order to destroy them you have to damage their under core and then you can start doing damage on the upper part. Once you destroy them, the mission is over and it’s on to your next mission. 

It’s very difficult, because there are homing missiles chasing you and you have to try and figure out where they are coming from and destroy the source before more come after you.

The game is really short, but I really liked it and thought it was fun. There are five missions and at the beginning of every mission a commander tells you what your mission is and if there is a submission he will appear and tell you what you need to do for that.

The graphics were amazing.  I really enjoyed the opening sequence, because it was like watching a Japanese anime movie. The graphics on the 3DS are unbelievable in my opinion on some games.  The actual game play looked great. Everything was very detailed and when the homing missiles got close you could really see the details.

“Liberation Maiden” was made or the 3DS and the 3D is amazing. You could see the depth of the land and buildings and the subs in the water that you were trying to destroy. The 3D effects really stood out when things were shooting at you and when the missiles were coming at you.

The controls were really easy and pretty much anybody can pick this game up and play it. You use the circle pad to control your character. You use the stylus on the bottom screen to lock in on your targets and when you let it go you shoot your missiles. You also have a couple of different weapons and you can choose them by using the stylus again on the bottom screen. You just tap the weapon and it changes.  

Another cool thing that I really liked, was that when you were about to lose all of your health, you can do a special attack. The game goes into a different mode and you move the stylus really fast back and forth on the bottom screen and you do a special attack that destroys almost everything on the upper screen.

Another thing that I thought made the game fun is that there are a few things that you can unlock while you are playing the game. You can unlock “honors” by doing something specific in the game like completing a sub mission or by destroying a certain amount of ships in a level. You can view these in the gallery. 

The honors are either text tell you about the history of what is going on in the game or you can watch video scenes like the opening video. 

You can also unlock a “stage attack” mode where you can go back and play the different levels again.

I really liked Nintendo’s “Liberation Maiden “a lot.  The graphics and 3D were amazing. The controls were very simple and easy to learn. The game was short, but it was very fun and it was under ten dollars. I would recommend getting “Liberation Maiden to anybody that is looking for a game that they can just pick up and play.
 

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.