If you’re a fan of old school shoot ‘em ups then you may remember a series called Darius way back when. It was a series that from Taito that appeared on both consoles and arcades and provided a nice alternative to other shoot ‘em ups on the market at that time such as Gradius and R-Type. It’s always sad to think about the old classics that many of us enjoyed and can’t play anymore but that’s what makes having them brought back so exciting. Taito has now brought back many of these classic games in two new collections called the Darius Cozmic Collection Console and Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade. Here are my thoughts on the Console Collection.
The Console Collection contains a total of six of the best entries in this franchise with a total of nine different versions. What’s even better is that developer M2 handled these ports so you know that they are going to play great. If you don’t know M2 is the same ones who have handled other fantastic ports such as the Sega Ages titles on the Nintendo Switch. Now the games you get included here are as follows:
- Darius II (Mega Drive, JP version)
- SAGAIA (Genesis, US version)
- SAGAIA (Master System, EU version)
- Darius Twin (Super Famicom, JP version)
- Darius Twin (Super NES, US version)
- Darius Force (Super Famicom, JP version)
- Super Nova (Super NES, US version)
- Darius Alpha (PC Engine, JP version)
- Darius Plus (PC Engine, JP version)
Now while some of these are just different versions of the same game like I said earlier it’s still nice to jump into them and see how they play and perform compared to the other. I also want to mention that this collection is priced quite steep being a full $60. That may not be worth it to some as these are just a bunch of old games with no real improvements at all. There are some nice features like the ability to choose how many lives you get, the ability to abuse save states to make it through some of these difficult games easier, and online leaderboards but other than that there isn’t much extra here.
All of the games in there I tried out and they all felt quite responsive and played well. They are easy to grasp too as you basically just fly from left to right while trying to shoot all of the enemies, which are all robotic fish, with your missiles or bombs. Enemies can approach you from behind or in front and getting hit once is pretty much enough to kill you. Power-ups are available though that can help such as a shield that will give you a fighting chance still should you be hit. Once you finish a level you then make a choice as to which level to go to next making the games less linear and more interesting to replay. This is how all the games in this go pretty much but there are some differences between them. Darius Twin can be played in co-op should you have a friend that wants to sit down with you. Darius Alpha is more of a just pure boss rush game while Darius Force gives you the option to choose from different ships.
So what don’t I like about this collection? Well for one I feel like it should’ve included some of the other Darius games such as the Super Darius titles. They would make the collection more appealing than something like Darius Alpha. Since the games are just straight up ports you also still have some technical issues in some of them such as framerate issues. It’s nothing game breaking but I have to mention it. I also always try to mention how the trophy list looks for a game and this one has a whopping 58 trophies. The list shouldn’t be too hard as almost all of them allow you to use things like save states, continues, and modifying your lives to earn them.
Out of the two collections they just released I would recommend getting the Arcade Collection over this Console one. This collection isn’t bad but it doesn’t play as well and doesn’t have the same options as the Arcade one does. It’s a solid collection that could’ve been better if it included the Super Darius titles but for right now I’d say wait for a sale on it.
*Darius Cozmic Collection Console is available now on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Reviewed on a PS4 Pro. Review key provided by the publisher for this review.
Darius Cozmic Collection Console$59.99
- Contains six solid shoot 'em ups with some of them having different versions
- Saves states and life modifiers make getting through some of these a bit easier
- Great emulation quality as expected from M2
- Having the Super Darius titles would've made it more appealing
- Console versions of these titles aren't as good as the arcade versions
- Some games here retain their technical issues