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Cave shooters live in their own world. Floods after flood of flashing bullets intimidate newcomers, but maybe casual shooter fans will be able to get into Espgaluda II: Black Label.

 

Espgaluda II: Black Label has a tutorial mode with lessons that explain how to play the game. Unfortunately, the notes, unlike the game’s menus, are in in Japanese.

 

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The game also has a novice mode. While readers here may not utilize these modes, these are key features. Additions that make Espgaluda II more accessible and enjoyable to new players are attempts to broaden the shmup niche. And a wider audience means more Cave games. Espgaluda II: Black Label still has regular difficulty modes for Cave fans.

 

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