So, who else is playing this masterpiece? I didn't play the first one, because I heard about the slowdown/framerate trouble, and I wasn't sure if people were actually praising it because it was good. But now, now! I bought the sequel, and it's AWESOME. You play either a regular-joe EDF soldier (like the grunts who try to fight off Godzilla in the movies) who carries tons of heavy conventional weaponry - guns, bazookas, grenades, bombs, tanks - or a cute elite female soldier who has a JETPACK and lots of energy weapons. The goal? BLOW SHIT UP. You run around huge urban environments blowing the shit out of huge swarms of alien invaders: giant ants, spiders, UFOs, Martian tripod things (like War of the Worlds), centipedes, a clone of Godzilla, and whatever the fuck else might show up. There's a fuckload of weapons to find, and there's tons of variety and diversity, and they all have tactical use. I've played 17 missions so far and I've found 20 or so of the girl's weapons, and the game's claiming I've only done 5% of what I can do with her. Apparently there's 71 missions to play. I can't wait to see what kinds of weapons and monsters show up. I can't believe this is a 2000 yen game. There's just so much here to do and see, and it's all very well-done. The framerate can get pretty hairy at times, but given the amount of detail and the size of the levels, and the number of monsters you can have coming at you at any given time, it's forgivable. The locations are mostly based on real cities. London is particularly cool, and it's fun blowing up Big Ben. :lol
This is a no-brainer for a budget US release, aside from the amount of voice it has. Somebody needs to pick it up, stat.
I wrote more coherent, more detailed impressions here: http://namakoteam.com/news.php?id=83
Official site: http://www.d3p.co.jp/top/special/s20_special.html
BUY IT: http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-r-70-mbw.html