Seirei Senshi Spriggan (CD)
Graphics-9 Sound-7.5 Control-9 Challenge-7 Story-?
Level Design-8 Frustration-7.5 Fun-8 Originality-6
+ Difficulty options, interesting weapon system (collect coloured orbs in 4 different colours that you can do a triple combo with (each new orb replaces the first one in your inventory). 3 orbs of the same colour gives you a strong but specialized weapon), good variation, some cool effects, good bosses overall (some have several forms, most are huge), pretty intense at times, good cutscenes with voice acting (not as good as the intro in MUSHA though, mostly still images), great art direction and use of colour, two types of smart bomb (waste an orb or pick a flashing one up - the latter option is not always practical and the first one downgrades your weapon), adjustable speed (three settings, not really needed), good sound effects overall (some are weak and/or annoying)
+/- Somewhat forgiving hit detection, mostly Euro Techno-ish soundtrack (breaks away from previous titles which had hard rock and synth pop soundtracks and some tracks aren't very memorable), loading times of 3-5 seconds (some are poorly masked and simply stop on-screen movement before transitioning to the next level)
- Uneven difficulty, the weapon system can get distracting (picking up one orb when you have three deletes the first one in the row; The orbs are also used as smart bombs so if you want to use bombs manually you'll have to keep changing the setup), trial & error (bosses, worms and jellyfish in stage 4), the ending is in black and white and the pictures are smaller than usual, single colour background in second level, one or two distracting backgrounds (flashing water), somewhat slower paced than MUSHA or Power Strike 2 (lacks sped up sections), minor flicker
7 Stages long