Assault Suit Leynos is a remake of the classic on the Sega Genesis / Master Drive system with the same name. Simply you control a mech that you have some customization options in the way that you get to choose how much armor or what weapons to use on missions. There are eight missions in total and damn they can be difficult. I’ll explain why later in the review. Rising Star Games took everything from the older game and modernized it, the ships and enemies look similar but upgraded, the levels add a little more detail but are basically the same.
Graphically the game looks decent, sometimes it felt like it was an upgraded Flash game. For me I wish they kept the UI a little closer to the original or even some of the pixels but I understand the idea of modernizing everything from head to toe. You don’t really need to learn too many buttons, Jump, shoot, boost, punch. Those are the major buttons. On the triggers you can hold the angle you are firing (which is great when you need to strafe or get the hell out of the way of the massive incoming of bullets and not try to find that ‘sweet spot’ again), and change weapons. There is a shield as well if it is equipped but I was terrible at it and chose to forgo it…Probably not a great idea. I did hit some glitches (I walked into the cave you were supposed to go too early I guess and it then pushed me out of the top of the cave out back into the open) and some minor bugs, but with the feel of the game they were almost expected to be there.
Now the missions have different objectives that you need to accomplish, it’s not all just shoot shoot shoot punch punch punch all day. For example one I had to guard doors so the enemy didn’t blow them up…while fighting a boss battle. It gets a bit insane. Now here is where the difficulty came in for me. They had Japanese voice actors doing the voice overs during the missions. I was having a rough time trying to read the subtitles and understand what they wanted from me next. One for example I had to stop an assault on one of our ships by destroying another before the time ran out. Well time kept running out and I was on the platform the arrow was guiding me too. I died 5 times until I tried running to the left and then it worked. It was a little frustrating not having clear instructions and dying 5+ times.
Now my experience wasn’t all too great but fans of the classic game, I’d highly recommend picking this up and relive your glory days in a new coat of paint and challenge. Overall the game was entertaining for a bit, though I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as a true fan. It does have some minor issues, but with a price tag of around $20 it isn’t too bad to spend a few hours if you are an existing fan or mech fan.
Note: GameOctane received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+Took every model from the old game and modernized it
+Good to waste a few hours for mech fans
-Non ASL fans or mech fans have no pull to play
-Some objectives aren't clear
-Some bugs and glitches make you cringe