In Azure Striker Gunvolt, your primary weapon is the Lightning Ring, which Gunvolt uses to damage enemies and objects. In order to aim the Ring, Gunvolt uses his Dart Gun to shoot enemies and tag them as targets first.

 

Depending on the kind of cartridges loaded into the Dart Gun, the flight path and number of enemies that you can lock on to changes. Below is a look at five of the darts in the game, although there are more than that in total.

 

Violet Dragon: The standard dart. Allows for automatic fire and three lock-ons.

 

Water Dragon: Can be fired in one of five directions and ricochets around the screen. Holding down the fire button changes the firing direction. This dart allows for one lock-on.

 

 

King Cobra: Holding down the fire button charges a shot that can pierce through enemies. This dart allows for up to five lock-ons. As previously reported, this is one of the attacks that can be powered up using equipment.

 

Teknos: Two darts are fired at the same time. One goes up and travels along the ceiling, while the other goes down and travels along the floor. Allows for two lock-ons.

 

Hydra: A small drone hovers behind Gunvolt, firing darts in seven directions. Allows for up to eight lock-ons.

 

Judging by the different behaviours of the various darts, it looks like Gunvolt will allow for some drastically varied playstyles, depending on the kinds of darts you use and how you choose to target enemies. Watching more proficient players go through the game should be very interesting once it’s available.

 

Azure Striker Gunvolt will be available in North America this Summer.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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