Well, I have quite a bit to say about this game. First, I shall give mention to it's predecessors. The previous two games in the franchise (that are available on Steam) 'Exceed: Gun Bullet Children' and 'Exceed: Vampire REX' Are nothing to write home about. The first one, I would barely describe as playable. It's an untranslated mess, but that's not the focus of this review. The third game is by far, the best of all three I have played. First I shall note what I consider good about this game;
My favourite part of the game is the soundtrack. it is absolutely brilliant, it blends synths with rock instruments for a seldom heard style. The next point I want to touch on is possibly the most important one in any Bullet Hell Shooter-style game. The attack patterns of the enemies are varied and interesting. While the standard enemies may not have particularly outstanding attacks, the bosses have many impressive attack patterns to display. Each boss is structed into a four or five stage battle. When you have depleted the boss's health bar it will change it's attack pattern. As you deplete more health bars they will be reduced at a quicker rate, but the attack's will become more varied and difficult to avoid. The final 'outstanding' positive point is the character design and sprites. They pretty much speak for themselves, as generic as they may be they are endearing to say the least.
Now on the negatives;
As is the problem with most Bullet Hell Shooters, the backgrounds are unexciting and bland. While the development teams for these games are generally small it does not excuse such lackluster work.
As for another negative point, the interface is cramped and hard-to-read. The red text on black background can be hard on the eyes at times. The screen of the actual game could have a wider ratio, but that's not something withing my control.
Also, the arrow keys are not a sensitive enough method of control for some of the delicate movements required to dodge some of the enemy missiles.
It is a fun casual experience that should not be followed for any 'story' as such. It is frantic, occasionally stressful fast-paced gameplay that is not for the easily bored. It requires good hand-eye coordination. While it could be argued as a Touhou rip off, which it undoubtedly is, there is only so much originality you can out into a Bullet Hell Shooter. With some endearing, sometimes unintentionally amusing voice acting it makes for an enjoyable package. And one word of warning, never take your finger off the 'Z' key!
Thanks for reading!
~Wolfinsin (11th April 2014)