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Ikari Warriors (PSP Minis) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . With the possible exception of Athena, the final two SNK games are definitely the best known of the bunch. Up first is Ikari Warriors, an overhead action/shooter that apes Capcom's Commando. Ikari Warriors is the better of the two war shooters, thanks in large part to the interesting level designs and harder difficulty. Rating: 64%
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With the possible exception of Athena, the final two SNK games are definitely the best known of the bunch. Up first is Ikari Warriors, an overhead action/shooter that apes Capcom's Commando. You play an Arnold Schwarzenegger-style action star that gets dropped behind enemy lines to kill everything in sight. Along the way you'll be able to pick up new weapons and even pilot a tank, all while working side-by-side a second player. Although SNK has attempted to port this game a number of times (most notably on the Nintendo Entertainment System), the arcade's funky controls have consistently gotten in the way.

In case you aren't familiar with the arcade cabinet, Ikari Warriors features a unique rotary control. This arcade joystick allowed players to turn in eight directions, imitating a dual-stick shooter (without worrying about a second stick). There are a number of ways SNK could have handled porting this control scheme, but they chose to use the right and left shoulder buttons to rotate the player. This isn't a bad set-up, though I would have preferred turning the face buttons into a faux-second stick. It worked well with another PSP Mini, Dracule: Undead Awakening. This set-up certainly takes some getting used to, but once you get it down you'll be killing soldiers like the best of them. Ikari Warriors is the better of the two war shooters, thanks in large part to the interesting level designs and harder difficulty.
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