Indsendt: 28. juni
Exceed 3rd- Jade Penetrate Black Package is not a hentai game surprisingly enough, instead it is the third entry in a series of vertical bullet hell games. Who is Jade and who penetrated her black package? That is something we may never know. Moving on from that very weird name, Exceed 3 is a reboot of the series and is set in a different dimension. Only one of the previous characters briefly show up and everyone else are new characters. We play as Rayne Lindwurm who is in a fight to the death tournament with other mages to decide who will become one of the 7 Lords of the realm. It all sounds very exciting but in reality it is a pretty boring story and thankfully we still have the option to turn off dialogue. This has the same issue as the last game in that it has the subtitles broken if you are play in fullscreen, which is kind of unforgivable to make that mistake yet again when one your selling points is a “Cutscene-driven story-telling” experience.
We are given the choice to either play Arcade or Practice mode. Practice mode is supposed to let you choose any level but it is broken and only allows you to choose the first level making the mode utterly useless. One of the first things that you will notice is that the graphics are much improved . They are not impressive by any means but it is a big step forward from the last game. Our character does not have the ability to switch magic types and absorb bullet types which is unfortunate since that was a really cool feature. In it's stead we have a fews bombs per life and the ability to make your character move slower. It's nothing unique and felt like a step down from the previous entry. Bombs let you clear all the projectiles on the screen and has a small zone that can damage enemies while slowing down also allows you to narrow your shots and target a specific enemy. You also have a special attack which fires homing beams at an enemy and is recharged by avoiding projectiles when they are very close to hitting you.
Powerups are also included into this entry. We have one where you someone a familiar for extra fire power and another that gives you an extra bomb. Your familiars are very handy and is the only way target enemies when you slow down. If you die they revert to their powerup form and bounce around the screen until you collect them again. There are three diffculty modes and if you are finding the game too hard you can enable the auto-bomb setting which will detonate a bomb every time you get hit effectively tripling your lives. Which may be a wise choice for new players since Exceed 3 wastes no time showering you with tons of projectiles. There are still red and blue projectiles but their color doesn't really matter this time as they will both kill you in one shot. Controller support isn't listed but it still works perfectly with a controller and has rebindable keys. It does not feature dpad support sadly. Also the escape key still closes the whole game instead of pausing.
Mini bosses have also been added in between levels but they are the same robot each level so fighting them gets a bit boring. There are 6 bosses in the game and it takes quite a while to defeat them since they have like five forms of fighting that will refill their health five times but change how projectiles are shot at you. In the last game they had three forms but changed appearance or had some kind of flashy animation when they switched but in this they just switch projectile patterns making the fights feel a bit too dragged out. Remember to use the slow down feature when fighting bosses as the narrow shots will defeat them a lot faster than your spread shots. Bombs are also very effective against bosses if you can get in close enough to actually harm them with it and may be a better used as weapons when a boss form is too difficult for you as they will cause massive damage causing them to switch to a different form.
Exceed 3 feels like a straight bullet hell game as it no longer requires any of the strategy of the 2nd and does not reach the heights of the previous game in my opinion. It is by no means a bad game though and is far far better than the first Exceed game. It would actually be one of Steam's best bullet hells if practice mode worked, full screen subtitles worked and if bosses showed some signs of being worn down or angered throughout the fight. As it stands it is an inferior sequel with all the same technical problems of the 2nd that have not been fixed for some reason and introduces some new ones including a whole broken mode. Most of the problems with Exceed 3 are due to technical issues and not the actual game itself. Our character is less fun to play as this time around and Exceed 3 has nothing to do with the previous games but it is still a very fun fast paced bullet hell that will keep any fan of the genre entertained.