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Deathsmiles Deluxe Edition (Xbox 360)

by Rising Star Games
Xbox 360
 Ages 12 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Arcade Mode – featuring the same gameplay and accuracy as the original arcade release
  • Xbox 360 Mode – a high resolution version of the arcade game
  • Version 1.1 – an original mode for the Xbox 360
  • Death Mode - ups the difficulty even further but allows more opportunities for earning points
  • Mega Black Label – an expanded version of the game
  • Play with a friend via Xbox LIVE and submit scores to the online ranking service
  • Two alternate endings for each character played, leading to 10 possibilities (including Sakura)
  • The story of Deathsmiles unwinds over the course of four chapters
  • There are nine stages which players can choose to traverse
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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B004IK9Y9G
  • Release Date: 18 Feb 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,180 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

Windia, an 18-year-old girl living in London, mysteriously vanishes after being drawn into a flash of light. Awakening in the Otherworld, Windia arrives in a Western city reminiscent of the early 20th century, and is cared for by Dior, an elderly lord.

Discovering there is no way home, Dior reveals to Windia that she is one of the ‘lost children’, those with magical powers chosen to protect the kingdom. Known as ‘Angels’ by the people and beloved for their bravery, Angels protect the peace and ensure a good life for all.

However, the gates of Hell are overflowing, allowing monsters to cross the planes and attack human beings. It is up to Windia and her new sisters to defend the city and purge the evil menace.

Deathsmiles is a side-scrolling shoot –em-up that went into arcade operation on October 19th 2007, and was later released on the Japanese Xbox 360 in March 2009. Unlike other shooting games, Deathsmiles is designed with a left/right shooting mechanic, surrounding you with enemy units and gunfire from both sides of the screen. The player will need to employ strategy and think about enemy positioning as your shots may be blocked by obstacles.

Deathsmiles features a selectable difficulty level that allows you to choose how to proceed through the game, ensuring that newcomers are as welcome as veterans. Different stories and conversations will appear during both single player and two-player cooperative play and depends on the character(s) chosen

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Windia, an 18-year-old girl living in London, mysteriously vanishes after being drawn into a flash of light. Awakening in the Otherworld, Windia arrives in a Western city reminiscent of the early 20th century, and is cared for by Dior, an elderly lord.

Discovering there is no way home, Dior reveals to Windia that she is one of the children’, those with magical powers chosen to protect the kingdom. Known as ‘Angels’ by the people and beloved for their bravery, Angels protect the peace and ensure a good life for all.

However, the gates of Hell are overflowing, allowing monsters to cross the planes and attack human beings. It is up to Windia and her new sisters to defend the city and purge the evil menace.

Deathsmiles is a side-scrolling shoot that went into arcade operation on October 19th 2007, and was later released on the Japanese Xbox 360 in March 2009. Unlike other shooting games, Deathsmiles is designed with a left/right shooting mechanic, surrounding you with enemy units and gunfire from both sides of the screen. The player will need to employ strategy and think about enemy positioning as your shots may be blocked by obstacles.

Deathsmiles features a selectable difficulty level that allows you to choose how to proceed through the game, ensuring that newcomers are as welcome as veterans. Different stories and conversations will appear during both single player and two-player cooperative play and depends on the character(s) chosen
 

  • Play with a friend via Xbox LIVE and submit scores to the online ranking service
  • Two alternate endings for each character played, leading to 10 possibilities (including Sakura)
  • The story of Deathsmiles unwinds over the course of four chapters
  • There are nine stages which players can choose to traverse
     

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullet Hell finally comes to PAL 20 Feb 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been obsessed with Death Smiles since I first played it in a Japanese arcade almost two years ago. Since then, I've been patiently awaiting a release that didn't involve me having to import an entire new console to play it. I made do with the two region free Cave 360 shooters and the recent Guwange XBLA release. But they weren't Death Smiles, and the fact that the US got it last summer while the Japanese are enjoying a HD port of the second Death Smiles was a bitter pill to swallow.

But Rising Star Games - after rescuing Deadly Premonition from obscurity - again save the day, with a fantastic package that makes the wait worthwhile. It isn't as lavish as the US deluxe edition, but the plethora of extras make this a great package at a great price. But while soundtracks are cool (and they should be an extra with all games!) it's the game you're here for, and it impresses.

Those familiar with Cave games will notice that the game is easier than the more extreme of their releases in the standard arcade / 360 modes, but this isn't a bad thing. Accessibility is a big aim with this game, and the challenge to 1CC Death Smiles is far less daunting that some of the terrifying bullet storms that will meet you in Guwange and Espgaluda II. It's still tough - and the last few stages feature some pleasantly absurd pink patterns - but not as tough as others. This is a strength, and instead allows the player to focus on high scores. The scoring system is wonderful, and a helpful booklet provides welcome and useful tips on how to maximise your score and multiplier (as opposed to the non-translated Japanese releases thus far, in which you relied on your own skills and obscure internet posts to learn the scoring system in depth).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'll keep this brief.

If you like scrolling shoot em ups, then you can't ask for more than this.

The control system is innovative yet intuitive.
The action is fast-paced and great fun.
This is a first-class manic shooter.

The difficulty curve is fair for the most part, though the final couple of levels do suddenly step up the action by a surprising amount.

As a package, this is also an absolute bargain. The classic (lo-res) arcade version is here for purists, as well as a wonderfully presented hi-res Xbox exclusive version. There's also an "arrange" mode which offers some real variations on the gameplay (for instance, the ability to control a secondary character with the right stick).
And all three of these modes are available in both regular and "Black-label" flavour, giving a total of 6 game modes.

Another nice perk is the ability to alter the screen size and alignment in the options menu (if, like me, you're still using an old 4:3 ratio TV set, you'll know why this is a big deal).

And on top of all this, the soundtrack CD (not to everyone's taste, but a nice addition) and a disk full of desktop goodies. For the price, you really can't go wrong!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Support this game! 27 Feb 2011
By Andy
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a great package - a quality arcade shooter with loads of modes to play.

Most of the modes are a bit on the easy side compared to a lot of scrolling shoot'em ups, but for those new to the genre this will come as a blessing. most levels have a choice of level 1, 2 or 3 difficulty, and I would estimate that level three is roughly equivalent to 'normal' difficulty in most shooting games. In Black Label mode there is a 'level 999' difficulty though - which is ridiculous! Pity there's nothing inbetween!

Don't forget though - continues are for wimps, and score _is_ important!

I'm looking forward to seeing more from this developer released in the UK - maybe a vertical scrolling shooter - and that will only happen if we support this game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget brilliance from Cave 20 Feb 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Deathsmiles is an extremely accessible horizonatally scrolling "bullet hell" SHMUP. It's accessibility comes from the manner in which you can individually select the difficulty of each level, helped further by infinite continues being available.

However, that is not to say that the game is not deep for the seasoned SHMUP fan - not that I would for a moment put myself in this category. Deathsmiles offers a variety of different modes, characters and difficultly levels, each offering distictive gameplay variations. Add the this Xbox LIVE leaderboard support and online play and you have a comprehensive package, well worth the budget price.

I for one am very pleased that the publisher has decided to release this as a packaged product. The manual is very informative with pages of expert tips and the game comes in a 3 disc deluxe set with a soundtrack CD (which is excellent) and a disc of desktop accessories ranging from the good (wallpapers, screensavers) to the not so great (calendar).

Well worth a purchase even for anyone only casually interested in arcade shooters.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly polished release of a great game 18 Feb 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The original arcade version of Deathsmiles is a great 2D shooter, providing fans of the genre with hours of entertainment.

Friends of mine who got the US release of Deathsmiles were disappointed to see the quality of the translation was very poor, so I didn't hold up high hopes. However, the PAL release is very polished. There are several different variants of the game, including those released on xbox-live as extensions in Japan. The overall quality of the release is also very good. Be sure to read the manual, which for once provides useful information on how to best play the game.

The game also includes a soundtrack and "extras" CD. The extras CD includes various pictures, icons and screensavers. The only (tiny) problem with this package is that the screensavers are windows-only. Personally I don't have much interest in screensavers anyway. The icons, sound track and pictures will work fine on any machine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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Published 17 hours ago by wayne barney
4.0 out of 5 stars An Echo In The Cave...
This review is for the Deluxe Edition of Deathsmiles (2010) on the X Box 360.

This is a cracking little shooter. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Materia Keeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome
This game has really beautiful graphics featuring stunning art and music. I managed to complete the game quite quickly but this sort of game has massive replay value as do all Cave... Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Matty
5.0 out of 5 stars the bullet hell comes back
the bullet hell comes back in Europe finally this game is amazing. beautiful art kick ass music. for gamers that would love a challenge
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Petros
4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy but after a couple of weeks it gets boring
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This is one of the most fun games i have played.It is really hard and takes a while to get the hang of it but after you do,you will love it. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Demis
2.0 out of 5 stars deathsmiles im not smiling
love my shoot em ups but i dont like this one.Give me r-type any day of the week.At first the game looks good then after about half an hour the goodness is gone if you are... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by grenny
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Deathsmiles
Poor Europeans have waited a long time for a proper shoot-em-up to come to retail, but Deathsmiles makes up for the wait. Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Kirsten
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute gem of a shmup
You would be crazy not to purchase this game. If you are remotely at all interested in shooters (shmups). This game is a no brainer! Just buy it :)
Published on 18 July 2011 by airrunner
5.0 out of 5 stars A mighty game and package from the mighty Cave
Really great horizontal shmup from the Japanese master of the genre, Cave. Beautiful cartoon-style backgrounds and animation as well as a range of difficulty levels and play modes... Read more
Published on 14 May 2011 by Finn Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, just as Progear and Donpachi
I'm not a very good player of bullet hell games, but I like all the mayhem on the screen so I picked this up and didn't regret it at all. Read more
Published on 7 May 2011 by Soy1Bonus
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