Super StarDust Delta

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Super Stardust spiritual successor a PlayStation 4 exclusive

Super Stardust spiritual successor a PlayStation 4 exclusive

Housemarque also making an unannounced PS4 project.

The Super Stardust spiritual successor is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, developer Housemarque has announced.

Finnish developer Housemarque, which also made Dead Nation and Outland, is hard at work on the game as we speak.

Housemarque boss Ilari Kuittinen said: "We are super excited to be working on Sony's next-gen hardware. The platform's performances are enabling us to do things that wouldn't be possible otherwise and we truly believe that better technology can lead to better gameplay. The more tools and resources we have at our disposal, the better.

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Super Stardust Delta Review

Fire and ice. Move and shoot. Life and death. Super Stardust Delta is a game about absolutes. It isn't concerned with grey areas or depth, but this score-attack twin-stick shooter uses its simplicity to its advantage.

As was the case with previous Super Stardust titles, you control a ship orbiting a spherical force field surrounding a planet. Hazardous asteroids made of fire and ice rain down from above, and it's your job to melt and shatter mother nature's wayward minerals and rack up a high score in the process.

The colour-coded opposition is only vulnerable to one of your two main weapons, so you fight fire with fire and ice with ice. (Shouldn't that be the other way around?) Fans of Super Stardust HD will notice that the generic grey third variant of rock and its counter beam have been excised, but this only streamlines the action and makes weapon switching much more instinctive. This is a clear binary language that becomes second nature in all of two seconds.

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