Real Talk By: KJ
Nano Assault. A simple title and a simple concept, so should you expect more than that out of the 3Ds exclusive? Yes you should. This shooter sees the player shooting vicious cells in an attempt to destroy growing viruses. Shin’en was fully aware of the hardware they were developing for. Plain and simple Nano Assault looks gorgeous. There are several moments where the game could pass as a PS3 or XB360 game. Real talk my friends.
The whole game fully utilizes the 3DS to its true power. The level of depth in the effect is impressive. Anyone trying to show off the power of the system to their buddies should use the game as a prime example. Several of the levels see the ship scaling a planet-like cell from all around, giving the game a Mario Galaxy feeling. The effect really shines because of this smart design. Sometimes the game will take an angle reminiscent of Sin and Punishment keeping Nano feeling fresh.
There’s no multiplayer of any kind but it’s also 10 dollars cheaper than most 3Ds titles. Try to better your score and upload it. The online leaderboards is where the real competition can be found. the game does have several levels, but other than the boss fights, you can find yourself flying through. Still I think the average gamer will find the difficulty at a fair level. Found that shooting enemies with the button pad feels a little stiff, but you can adjust the controls. I think this shooter would have really benefited from the circle pad pro attachment.
Additional modes outside of story mode are Arcade and Boss Rush. Arcade works just like the main mode, you’ll go through many of the games levels trying to link the highest combo possible. Boss Rush is simply just beating the bosses again, without having to completely go through the beginning parts of the stages.
Nano assault is a fun shooter that fully caters to the systems visual strength. Worth the money, worth the experience. While the 3Ds’ library appears small, Shin’en is helping prove otherwise.
Nano Assault gets MF MF MF MF M out of five
+Great 3D effect
+Good level design
-Could be longer
-Shooting controls lack a tad of precision