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Vanguard (PSP Minis) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Vanguard doesn't get the amount of respect it deserves. This thirty year old shoot-em-up does a lot of enormously influential things for the very first time, yet it's rarely referenced. Unfortunately the game can be a little too easy at times, but not to the point where it takes away from the enjoyment of this influential shooter. Vanguard is definitely worth the three dollars. Rating: 92%
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Vanguard doesn't get the amount of respect it deserves. This thirty year old shoot-em-up does a lot of enormously influential things for the very first time, yet it's rarely referenced. Not only is this a competent horizontal shooter, but it's also a great vertical shooter. That's right, Vanguard manages to fit both types of shooters into one game, all while introducing the world to the concept of dual-stick shooter. It's a dizzying amount of new ideas, many of which are still trendy all these years later. But even if you take out all of these firsts, Vanguard is still a damn fun action game that holds up better than you think.

Like all shooters, you fly a ship through a series of corridors shooting down whatever gets in your way. There aren't any weapon power-ups to speak of, but you do have a spaceship that can fire in four directions (up, down, left and right). This unique control scheme makes switching from horizontal to vertical (and sometimes even diagonal) seamless. Everything goes down in one hit and it's easy to dodge most of the bullets, even in the later (read: faster) stages. Unfortunately the game can be a little too easy at times, but not to the point where it takes away from the enjoyment of this influential shooter. Vanguard is definitely worth the three dollars.
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