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Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

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Game Reviewed: Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Treasure
Reviewer: Clint West
Platform: Wii
Category: Third Person Shooter
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

The universe is embroiled in an eternal conflict between inner space and outer space. Inner space is the home of many Earths, created by the appropriately named “Creators.” During the purging of one of these Earths, a soldier named Isa is sent to track down a girl named Kachi and destroy her. He finds her, but her innocence and curiosity about humans intrigues him and he cannot bring himself to kill her. They leave Earth-4 together, but are shot down by the Nebulox, an elite group of soldiers from inner space sent by the “Creators.” The Nebulox mission: kill Kachi and Isa. Isa and Kachi battle their way off the ship and through deserts, underwater tunnels, and cities to find another way off the planet. Not only do they have to contend with the constant pursuit of the Nebulox, but they must also contend with the “Keepers,” monstrous creatures placed on each earth to function as it’s “immune system,” fighting off any undesirables.

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is the sequel to the cult N64 hit Sin and Punishment. In this sequel you take the role of Isa or Kachi. You control your character from a third person perspective with only a single gun at your disposal; no power ups or special pickups. If enemies get too close you can punch, kick or pummel them with a sword. You also have several defensive measures at your disposal, the most versatile being a dodge move to avoid enemy fire. You also have the ability to bat missiles and other large projectiles back at enemies for big damage. You will need these skills to battle the thousands of enemies that come at you, as well as the massive bosses. Levels have not just one end boss, but multiple bosses.

Score is king in Star Successor, hearkening back to a time when the most important goal in a game was not to finish it or unlock all of its secrets, but to get the highest score. If you stay on the ground, your score will constantly increase, but it is easier to be pummeled by enemies. If you take to the air, your score only increases with the enemies you destroy, but you will have more evasion options. A score multiplier increases with the more enemies you destroy in succession, but drops whenever you are hit. The higher the multiplier, the more points you get for taking out enemies. Getting a huge score, of course, comes with bragging rights, and the online leader board allows you to post your score to see how well your skills stack up against other players.

What Parents Should Know

Violence

There is nearly constant gunfire, rockets, lasers, or shooting of some type. Enemies are not limited to robots and alien creatures, but also to humans. A couple of boss battles involve combat with swords, punches and kicks. In one level, a woman appears to be impaled on a spike, but there is no blood and she ends up okay. Some enemies explode in sprays of blue or green. One giant enemy has a bluish spray from its mouth when defeated. Another enemy is shown floating face down in water when defeated. Also, at times enemies and heroes can be dropped into lava.

Language

I heard the word damn used twice

Sexual Content

A couple of female characters skirts are a bit short.

Spiritual Content

At one point in the game, Kachi is called a demon. There is a boss dressed like a Shaman. Some enemies look like ghosts and one stage has zombie arms coming up from the ground. One character mentions power entering his soul. Also, a character speaks of a soul crumbling. There is a stage involving protecting a character’s soul from attack. In one part of the game a character’s soul appears to go inside another character. The “Creators” are said to create the different Earths, put humans on these Earths, and then destroy the humans if they get out of line.

Misc.

One Keeper spits out a ball that flies through the air and lands in lava after it is defeated. The Keeper’s baby, a mostly lizard-like creature, then jumps out of the lava, climbs up a wall and takes control of a crane.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

I found Sin and Punishment: Star Successor to be a blast to play. I really liked the frequent battles with enormous bosses. I also thought this game sports some of the best graphics on the Wii to date. The game is rather short, however, and this may be a turn off to some. My first play through only took me 5 or 6 hours. If the content, however, meets with your family’s guidelines and if you are the competitive type willing to put in time learning the game’s scoring mechanics and replaying stages over and over again to learn enemy patterns, then you may just enjoy Sin and Punishment: Star Successor as much as I did.



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