Warning! A Huge Battleship "Darius Burst" Is Approaching Fast

By Spencer . August 25, 2009 . 9:00am

dburstA leaked Famitsu scan revealed Darius Burst, a new entry in Taito’s robotic fish shooting game, for the PSP.


Like other games in the series, Darius Burst has branching paths. However, this game only has eleven zones, which may mean less endings than other Darius games. And endings, for me, are the best part of Darius since they’re just as bizarre as blasting cybernetic cephalopoda.


Hardcore Gaming highlights some of the series’ joke endings like where the pilot’s mom wakes him up for school after dreaming about the game. Here’s hoping for at least one utterly weird ending in Darius Burst.

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  • ReturnOfSomeDude

    For me, Darius is kind of the downfall of the arcade shooter. It was the first one I played that had autofire in the arcade. Now instead of your own rapid fire being key to survival, the game just assumed you were firing at max speed and all that was key was dodging.

    I’ll probably give this a go, anyway, though.

    • thaKingRocka

      i never had much interest in getting carpal tunnel syndrome. honestly, the rapid button presses are something i don’t mind leaving behind. i don’t miss doing that at all. it’s just not healthy.

      oh, and when the controller IS the console, rapid button presses mess with the stability of the image you’re focusing on. rapidly tapping on a handheld always leads to moving handhelds which leads to moving screens. i quit contra 4 when i realized that the auto-fire was not as fast as rapid presses. i couldn’t press quickly enough and remain focused on the screen properly.

    • ECM

      Interesting comment. I, too, bemoan the bullet hell future we find ourselves in, where dodging–and not shooting–is the raison d’etre of shooters, but it never occurred to me that Darius had, perhaps, a direct hand in bringing us the dodge ’em up world in which we now live.

      And KingRocka: if you get carpal tunnel from tapping a button, you have serious problems since carpal tunnel injuries don’t stem from tapping (on, say, a keyboard) but from the way you hold your wrists for extended periods of time.

      • ReturnOfSomeDude

        I actually really hate bullet hell games, because they’re no longer about even dodging, they’re about pattern memorization. It’s “find the only safe spot on the board after multiple deaths” and not about either dodging or shooting.

  • Kris

    I’m a fan of the Darius series, so this pleases me immensely.

  • Cloud_ST

    The PSP is so hot now.

  • shion16

    I love darius games
    what a good new

  • fuzaku

    Isn’t rapid tapping always faster than pressing down, even in the Darius games?

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