Japanese boutique game studio G.rev makes its long-awaited debut on Steam with Strania!
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Release Date: Nov 24, 2015

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Japanese boutique game studio G.rev makes its long-awaited debut on Steam with Strania!

This throwback robot shoot’em up is an ode to the nostalgia of 1980s arcade games. Players will need to make strategic decisions quickly in this fast-paced, exhilarating shooter. Accompanied by a catchy soundtrack and featuring dramatic visual effects, G.rev proudly presents Strania as its first title on the Steam platform.

The Steam version of Strania includes the “Side Vower” DLC that was released separately for home consoles. Play as a pilot in the Vower camp that seeks to reclaim the land they hold sacred.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS / ATI RADEON X1600Pro
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
    • OS: Windows vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
112.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
From modern STG pioneers G.rev, Strania takes its root deep into games such as Cybattler, MUSHA Aleste, Spriggan Mk II and other 90's mech shooters, while adding the mesmerizing and cinematic experience typical to G.rev that can be seen in some of their other titles such as Border Down or Under Defeat.

With collaboration from Treasure's former employee Hiroshi Iuchi as graphic designer, famous for directing games such as Radiant Silvergun and Ikaruga, and an exhilarating soundtrack with sharp sound effects produced by Keishi Yonao (Asuka 120%, Mad Stalker, Neural Gear), Strania is an accessible shooter that focuses more on environmental aspects rather than just throwing a million bullets at you on a lifeless terrain.

The controls are some of the tightest I've ever played, and the scoring system relying on weapon leveling is a very dynamic way of spicing things up for those wishing to push further their scores. The fans of more bullet-heavy games will also enjoy its expert mode with suicide bullets, and overall this game will definitely give a fair deal of challenge for all kind of skill levels.

If you're a fan of shooters, retro mechs and dramatic audio-visuals, this is the game for you.
Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Strania marks the entrance of G.Rev straight into the PC realm. Nothing like entering with style and a loud bang, eh? The game harkens to the tradition of older STGs, employing walls, obstacles and a much smaller bullet count compared to other developers who gear towards the bullet hell/danmaku territory.

Sporting a multitude of different weapons, integrated DLC (which basically acts as a sequel/another side of the story) featuring an entire new set of stages making pretty much 2 games in 1, Strania is just great, plays great and will keep you entertained for a while.

The one little thing that I didn't like was the game booting straight to a rather crude main menu without even music to put a good ambience. What happened there, G.Rev?

For a first effort it's fine, the game runs great but the graphical options are barebones. A little AA and texture resolution would've been greatly welcomed.

Looking forward to the next G.Rev game on PC!!!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Already had it on 360 but it's so good I had to get it again.

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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
Well, here's my 2 cents on it, lol! X3

From the makers of Border Down, Under Defeat, both Senko no Ronde's, Mamoru-Kun Curse, and their latest title Kokuga. Comes G.Rev's Strania - The Stella Machina - (Seisou Kouki Strania/星霜鋼機ストラニア), their first title on Steam.

Previously developed for XBLA and the Nesica-(X)-Live Arcade, Strania is a shoot-em-up/shmup/STG, in which you're fighting a war against both the Stranian and the Vower armies vaying conquest. Yes, there is a story on both sides if you check the "How-To-Play" section after you see the mechanics of the game.

Gameplay wise, the mechanics feel similar to Einhander in a sense, where you can switch weapons (up to 3) for the right situations (though there can be times where you might end up in the wrong situation if you pick the wrong weapons.) There are a total of 9 different weapons you can use in the entire game to suit your preferences (you can also level them up if you pick the same weapon again, though the colors will vary by the sides which weapons you can only upgrade to Lv.2), although...

Scoring however, requires you to use the weapons (all 9 of them in one playthough) strategically and tactically. The game uses the JP ranking system (Kyu = Dan) to score points, use them often when destroying enemies will yield bonus points (from 10kyu to 1kyu, and then from 1Dan to 10Dan), getting all 9 weapons to 1dan or higher at the end will give you a 9Mil. point bonus if you know the game in and out. Not only that, you can use the O/D system to temporary be invulnerable for a while, and have a multiplier going from X1.1 to X2.0, use when necessary.

As it is with ports that come from the Arcade/Console versions and bringing them out to Steam, this is more or less the same as the 360 port and everything is just right with it, no issues on my end, just smooth gameplay from here on in.

Lastly on the +/- sides!

+Same as it is on both XBLA/Nesica, good gameplay/mechanics/etc. (Includes both the base game and Side: Vower! Based on the 1.1 XBLA updated version.)
+Various options you can set your experience to the PC port. Although the - only to some users as usual with PC users, there will be problems, but nothing much updates/patches could fix. And help on the game forums if necessary.
-Unfortunately, online co-op is not in the Steam version, even though the XBLA release had it, and the co-op for that had no lag whatsoever, just smooth gameplay there too. Luckily there's Local Co-Op at least. I just hope G.Rev can find a way to add this to the Steam version if they can do it.

And to finish it off, Strania is a great game overall, the game can be tailored to your liking either for relaxed or hardcore play. I just hope this ends up being a success somehow that G.Rev can port their back catalog onto Steam. Maybe even new titles if they can! X3
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
Wonderful modern shmup from genre masters G.rev, featuring spectacular graphics and great gameplay. Tactics would prove essential in your battle, since your choice of weaponry (and there are plenty of those!) in each situation can either help you make it alive or lead to your firey downfall. There is also an alternate mission, in which you play the side of Vower, the Stranian's foe whom you fight in the original mission. That said, one could say you have two games in the price of one. Very highly recommended, superb game trully worth its price!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Looking for an accessible shmup with great looks and a kick ♥♥♥ soundtrack? In love with japanese mecha anime?
Look no further, the game you're looking for is right here: Strania is a masterpiece of arcade gaming!
Perfect for a quick round or two while still offering a deep and satisfying weapon system.
Highly recommended.

P.S.: Yo G.rev! Would love to play Under Defeat on Steam:-))
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Strania is yet another Xbox 360 shmup release that is seeing new life on the Steam platform. As far as those releases go, this was my favorite along with Eschatos (also on Steam, and something you should also buy if you haven't yet). What I appreciated the most about this game was G.Rev's decision to design it will respect to the "Traditional" style shooter, as opposed to the bullet hell style which has become more common in modern shump design. Not to say I don't like to play bullet hells, I just prefer the design elements of the 80's/early 90's shooters, where the focus was on less numerous but more targeted bullets, an assortment of distinct weapons to use where success in the game is determined by proper use of said weapons in different situations, environmental hazards, cinematic style stage progression, etc. Think Gradius, R-Type, Thunder Force, the various Complie shooters like MUSHA, and Einhander as examples of what this is modeled after. That type of style is right up my alley, and Strania does the job of scratching that particular itch. Add on top of that, add the catchy, shump appropriate, electro synth fusion soundtrack of Keishi Yonao, and you have a very well crafted game.

The craftsmanship extends to the fact that G.Rev took it upon themselves to make a whole extra addition to main Strania campaign with the "Side Vover" add on (at no extra cost in the Steam version), were you play the game from the perspective of the Stranian antagonists, the Vower. Essentially, you play the main game in reverse, starting from the Vower home colony, going through the same stages from the Strania side to get the Stranian home base. However, instead of being the recycled affair you would likely expect from something like this, the stage design, bosses, music, and progression is distinct enough to make it feel like an entirely different game. It was an example of how to do DLC the right way, by adding value to the game while keeping the main portion whole and untampered with.

Those that are more observant will see the subtleties that G.Rev put in both campaigns to differentiate the Stranian and Vower sides, and give them personality without even having to rely on story composition. For example, the Stranian's mechs and infrastructure are very angular and blocky and the uniforms of the main pilots suggest a militaristic, organized culture. The Vower's mechs and equipment on the other hand, are mostly rounded and curved, and the dress of the pilots suggest a tribal, nomadic, theocratic culture. Another example is that while pilots on both sides can use each others weapon arrays (denoted by being highlighted by Blue (Strania), Red (Vower) or Purple (Netural) in game), only mechs on the Stranian side have access to enhanced versions of the Strania side's weapons (essentially activated by collecting two of the same weapon on one weapon slot), and only Vower mechs can use enhanced Vower weapons on the other end. Depending on what side you play, you'll find that the enemies will mostly attack you with their side's weapons, which you mainly get from stealing them off destroyed enemy mechs. Weapons on your side are mainly gotten by storage crates and friendly drops. It's the little things that help make this game special.

If you are a fan of the genre at all, don't make the mistake of overlooking this game, as it apparently was when it was initially released. It deserves more recognition, and is a much purchase. And you definitely want G.Rev releasing more of their games on Steam.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Next to CAVE, G.Rev are the GOLD STANDARD to me in #SHMUPS

One of the easiest shooters to get into, and most addictive. Although G.Rev's pinnacle is Borderdown. This is still a fanstatic treat to play, and plays in FULL PC rmonitor resolution!! ..and looks amazing!

The only thing lacking which could help 'seal the deal' is the OST, but other than that..


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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
Mechs, lots of weapons, and big explosions! The gameplay video on Steam pretty much says it all, and it plays just as good as it looks.

The most interesting thing about this game is the variety in both the environment, enemy placement and design, and the way you handle each situation with the different weapons. This is a game that rewards experimentation and replaying with different combinations. You can switch on the fly and keep something in reserve, so each time I make a mistake I always think "oh yeah, I should try it like this instead". Very fun if you like to go in-depth with the available options.

The recharging shield is also a cool dual-purpose tool. You can use it for quick bursts of invincibility during a tricky section, or use it to boost multiplier during particularly lucrative situations. It's up to you; play it safe or balls to the wall.

The graphics are a good compromise between awesomeness and visibilty. There's streams of shell casings flying out of weapons (even though they shoot lasers), sweet but brief boss intros firing flak everywhere, and of course the deeply satisfying mega explostions when you down giant bosses. Color choice is done well, so no matter how much is going on I haven't had visibility issues with bullets or the hitbox.

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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
Just a preliminary report from having my face smashed in on a quick three credit attempt: The port runs fine. Can't speak at the enthusiast's level for detail though.

For anyone else, this shmup's gimmick is that you are a giant robot with three weapons, (rotating, one in each hand, one in reserve) and you can constantly switch them out from a variety of drops offered through the game. The weapons are swords or various shot styles. Tremendous chance for experimentation here and varied play styles. This was a favorite of mine on Xbox, glad to see it escape XBLA.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
great game worth the price.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 2
From the G.Rev, the creators of legendary Under Defeat, here comes a modern shmup with kickass music and gameplay. Make no mistake, G.Rev is the only shmup developer which can catch up with the other best shmup developer CAVE. This stuff is highest quality and a must buy. Nuff said. If you are shmup fan you own it anyway. PS - i love G.Rev for the way they present the games: this is a technical . cold looking world as you would expect from more old-school shooters i.e Raiden Fighters Jet or Tiger Heli if you really wanna dig into past. Not really much of lolitas and anime here.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: July 1
+Good challenge
+love the premise
+short but sweet
+nice alternate game modes
+techno music fits the game well
+weapons are fun and interesting to utilize in a variety of situations
+few replays will ever be the same

I recommend it. It'll be joining the ranks of my many other shoot em ups.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: June 4
A really good danmaku by one of the most inoving compagny for shmups. Unusual gameplay (you can loot up to 3 weapons, then you use 2 of them simultaneously, and you have to learn when to pick which weapon), good graphics, good OST.
If you like maniac shooters, it's a must have.
Also: when it first launched, my stick wasn't working. I asked on the forum if the dev were planning to fix it, they told me to wait for next patch, and next patch my stick was perfectly working. I wish more compagny would react that fast and listen to their customers.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: December 27, 2015
Brings me back to my PS1 days, feels so much like a mechanized Raystorm to me. Its a very colorful entertaining game, and the videos don't really do it any justice. There are starting to be some really good looking japanese shmups on STEAM, but this one plays so well too, really does feel like a 2010's arcade machine. The only negative I see is the limitted credits. Seriously? I'm only a casual gamer that just wants to finish the game. Yes its definitely only a 720P game, maybe even less ingame, but it still looks great! I modded my PS1 and PS2 to play imports, this title would easily go for $70 all said and done to play it. Times are changing, no longer as PC gamers do we need to rely on emulation to play games like this. This is a great game at a great price! I WANT MORE! And honestly at this price, pretty much anyone can afford more! I do agree this game is underrated. Yes there are mech shmups out there, some even pretty good. But as far as Japanese mech shmups go, this is number 1. I love anime and Japanese culture in general, but this game captures the whole essence of what a Japanese arcade style mech shmup is all about. And considering the price, its not about money, its about supporting your worldwide fans! The Japanese underground culture is great and all, but what about the rest of us who its just not accesible? This fills a much needed void for the rest of us, A HUGE THANK YOU to studio G.rev! Hoping to buy more titles from you on STEAM in the very near future! I LOVE THIS GAME!!!
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Anax of Rhodes
2.5 hrs
Posted: December 26, 2015
Star Fox meets Mega Man. Maybe a dash of Gundam to add to the flavor.
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NicoNico ニコ ニコ
1.5 hrs
Posted: November 30, 2015
Do not read this if you think Mechas are a cereal brand.

From the perspective of a common couch potato this is a delicious shmup served in a very decent way.
G R E AT fun as a 2 player co-op, be aware that it is different than the x-box release as this will be LOCAL co-op only!

Comes with twice the amount of weapons borderlands has, or so I think.
Splendid 2.5D interaction inlevel as well as infight during a boss encounter.
Combination of 3 collectable weapons, 2 or even 3 active at the same time thus go mad combining them.

Given the gerne, the storyline present is a little more catchy than usual i'd say, not Shakespear but fun.
Two different factions to play, controls differ a bit, weapons seem to be the same.
This pumps up replayability quite a lot, anyhow it is great fun to play encouters from both sides.

Runs great, 1920x1080 @60, on a 7 year old GTX260 with a quad core cpu, so this is no hardware consuming monster and thus should run quite well on most modern rigs.

So go, go highjack your best childhood friend, tape him to the sofa and enjoy at least 48h of this utterly brilliant action game.

If you are a litlle pew, pew, pew you basically want to play this!

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