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Area 88 is under attack and it is up to you to save the good guys from disaster. U.N. Squadron is another shoot em up on the SNES, so love or hate 'em this is it. For me this game takes everything from the genre and does it right, not adding much to the standard recipe, but hey why fix what isn't broke.
The controls for the game are crisp and responsive, and also fairly basic. You have your directional buttons to control direction of course! Then the default controls are set to have X for changing weapons Y for firing your basic weapon and B for firing your special weapons. For my personal preference they make it easy to change this set up and I like to change the basic attack from Y to A since I just feel like A should be the most used button and in this game the default controls leave it unused.
This game has a more modern setting straying from the standard futuristic setting. I prefer this because it makes the game feel more realistic. Actually becoming immersed in my ship and feeling like I am in control of a fighter jet.
I really like the graphics for this game. The intro right away took me into the game and had me impressed by the 3D effects. I was surprised at how well it was done for a SNES game. The game contains different levels that have unique themes that bring you into the games different areas. Their is also a lot of different enemy's and bosses that each look like proper time was spent giving them individuality. I think the only thing that may have been better done for this game would be flashier special effects for the explosions and different special weapons.
I enjoyed the games soundtrack and thought the music was fitting for the games theme. The different levels also have their own songs so you are not left hearing the same music over and over. Again one thing that may have been done better was the games special effect sounds for when you use your weapons.
For me shoot 'em ups are just innately addicting games to play. Maybe it is because I'm not especially good at them so it takes me forever to actually get anywhere in them ahaha. The game also has a well made score system creating the competitive edge to top everyone else's score on vizzed.
Shoot em ups are not really games played for their story's so as usual the story for the game is fairly basic. You are the pilot of a fighter jet and you must destroy the attacking enemy's.
The game has plenty to do for a shoot em up. It contains multiple levels so you will have plenty of places to go. The game allows you to upgrade your jet through earning cash by completing missions and destroying enemy's. This adds a lot of fun to the game allowing you to customize your jet. You are allowed to choose between 3 Pilots being Shin Kazama, Micky Schymon or Greg Gates. Each pilot has his own advantages between being able to repair quicker, having improved maneuverability or better weapons. I personally find Greg Gates, the pilot who is allowed to repair quicker, my favorite due to my poor piloting and constantly getting hit I need his fast repairs to keep me alive longer.
Like I said, I'm not all too good at these games and I often find them pretty difficult and this game is no different. For me, I need to get a good feel for the levels by playing and dieing but getting to see the enemys patterns. After quite a bit of practice I can finally get a good rhythm going and finally accomplish something but it does take practice and could become frustratingly difficult.
Overall I really enjoyed this game, and think it's a great game to get into the action quickly for fast fun. For haters of shoot em ups don't play this game because that is this game and I doubt it would change anyone's mind about the genre. Although the game should cater well to fans of Gradius or RType who couldn't get enough because it is just the same or anyone interested in a good introduction to classic shoot em up games.
Graphics 9 Sound 8 Addictive 9 Depth 9 Story 7 Difficulty 9
U.N. Squadron Box Description: Soar to glory in a high-tech aircraft! The Evil Project 4 has torn freedom from the people of Aslan. Mercenaries control the entire country, except for a tiny airfield. But this field is headquarters for the best fighter pilots in the world -- UN Squadron!
You must destroy all eight of Project 4's bases as you force back an overpowering enemy war machine. Dog-fight a wolfpack of stealth fighters in a battlefield of clouds! Strafe enemy tanks!
A giant missile launcher, laser cannon and desert aircraft carrier hammer at your plane. Counterstrike with missiles, thunder lasers, napalm and bombs. Lead an airstrike for freedom!
U.N. Squadron Description: Side-scrolling shoot-em-up, in a similar style to such games as Gradius, R-Type and Scramble. The aim is to wipe out the enemy, which has gathered around the allied airspace of 'Area 88', in a series of military aircraft-based scenarios.
You choose one of three unique pilots; Shin Kazama, Micky Schymon or Greg Gates, each with varying abilities at damage repair, weapon handling and flying skill, and engage the enemy over a series of challenging missions. The player starts out with the weakest plane, the F8E Crusader, which can only be armed with a very basic range weapons. But, through completing various missions, enough cash can be raised to purchase higher-quality aircraft. These superior planes are more agile, have improved resilience to damage and have a greater range of fire. Furthermore, the more advanced fighters can be armed with superior special weapons, such as napalm.
The missions include attacks on sand bases, the nuclear submarine 'Seavet' and enemy supply camps, as well as seeing off groups of airborne 'bandits' who swarm-in on Area 88.
The enemy is plentiful, and the pace is frantic. Shoot at everything on the screen that moves, and the allied forces might just come out on top......
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U.N. Squadron Cheats, Codes and Tips:
Beat the game on Hard or Gamer mode without using continues to see a parade of Mobi-Chans spelling a message at the "Thanks for playing" screen.
At the options menu, highlight Game Level with controller one and hold X and A on controller two. Press Right twice on controller one. Exit the menu, and enjoy.
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U.N. Squadron User Reviews
9.2 Graphics 9 Sound 9 Addictive 9 Story 5 Depth 8.5 Difficulty 7.5
- U.N. Squadron SNES
Finally just beat this after originally playing it when I was but a wee lad, and I must say I'm still highly impressed. I actual...
Graphics 9 Sound 10 Addictive 9 Story 3 Depth 8 Difficulty 6
Review Rating: 5/5
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8 - U.N. Squadron - LegolasJJH
Area 88 is under attack and it is up to you to save the good guys from disaster. U.N. Squadron is another shoot em ...
Graphics 9 Sound 8 Addictive 9 Story 7 Depth 9 Difficulty 9
Review Rating: 3/5
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10 - Jordanv78
There isn't anything you can say bad about this game. It's one of the best Shmups ever made. This is a PORT of an arcade game, but anyone that has played both will tell you that THIS GAME IS WAY BETTER than the arcade version, which is rare. The games graphics are great, the controls are spot on, and the music score is some of the best on the SNES and many would argue that it belongs among some of the best video game music of all time. Add that with being able to choose different characters with different strong points, and being able to customize your special weapons, and buy better/faster/stronger planes makes for a great experience. If you love Shmups, you will love this game, and keep playing it for the rest of your life.
Review Rating: 5/5
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