3rd issue Advice for players who are suffering on areas after area 2|
Hello Xbox360 users and Xbox LIVE Arcade fans. How are you? I am Tadashi Iguchi, the director of Galaga Legions.
How far have you gotten through the game? We have received a lot of comments, and many users think that Galaga Legions is fun but difficult, especially after area 2.
Don't you worry!!
Galaga Legions is not as difficult as it looks (even when the enemies fill up the screen). What will be more valuable than your reflexes will be your ability to recall the movement patterns of your enemies, the ability to quickly assess situations and form strategies, and your ability to concentrate on the game for about 5 minutes. Even players who are not good at traditional shooting games can clear the game if they are conscious of these and keep on playing the game with diligence.
Keeping these things in mind will help anyone having problems on areas after area 2.
First, aim to clear each area on the championship mode. You could put off attacking the high score for later.
- First, for the way to get on with the game, most of the players who are suffering with the game are concentrating on playing "Adventure," or are aiming for the "Score Attack" from the beginning. The amount of elements that are quickly introduced to the player can often be overwhelming and confusing.
- We recommend you play the game as follows :
1: Clear each area on championship (figuring out a way to clear the game as the first priority)
2: Clear Adventure (adjusting to making less errors with the 1st step as a base)
3: Challenge the Score Attack (it's easier to play the championship mode, then the adventure mode for this as well)
- It seems like a long, round-about process, but this is the quickest path to completing all the achievements and getting a nice high score.
- Each area should be able to be cleared in 5-6 minutes. If you can concentrate for 5 minutes, you should be able to feel the rhythm of the game.
Memorize the attack patterns of enemies in each area.
- Memorizing the attack patterns of enemies is a fundamental part of Galaga Legions.
- Practice responding to attack patterns of enemies based on the blue flight path indicators.
- We recommend the following flow:
1: Practice clearing one area without any mistakes on "Championship".
2: Review the replay to aid in remembering where the enemies' attack patterns.
3: Move to the next area to perfect.
Master the Satellites (basics)
- The enemies will attack from all directions all the time after area 1. Skillful control of the Satellite will be a requirement.
- Detailed advice:
1: Play with "Auto fire" until you get used to controlling the right stick.
2: Shorten the amount of time of your ship and the Satellites are apart as much as possible. *Being separated from your Satellite decreases your fire power increases the risk of mistakes. It is highly recommended to call back the Satellites in an instant by using LB.
Master the Satellites (advanced)
- Concentrate the firepower of both Satellites on a target for a more effective attack.
You can overlap the Satellites by placing the two in the same direction in a row. This enhanced fire power will defeat fast hordes of impeding enemies that your regular attack can't defeat quick enough.
- Fight back while escaping by hitting the right stick repeatedly while being tracked down by a high speed line of enemies.
When the line of the enemies chase after you at high speed, quickly replace the Satellites and aim them at the enemies while your own ship escapes.
- Place the Satellites where Galaga convoy ships are going to appear or on the routes they are going to follow and strategize on taking out enemies with the secondary explosions.
Place Satellites where enemies will spawn, or pass through, especially the mini-bosses and Galaga convoy ships, to exploit the weak point of the Legions.
Once you place the Satellites, get out of there! These targets are often quickly overwhelmed by supporting enemies.
Extras (secret technique)
- I just want to beat the game! I want achievements! I'm about to break down! This is a technique for such players.
- First, calm down!
Galaga Legions is a fast-paced, high action game with lots of intensity.
You may find yourself playing "Adventure" over and over again. Exhaustion will cause your concentration to break, leading to more mistakes.
Take a break after each area and relax, then try again. You may find yourself having fewer mistakes.
Also, switching the music and character skins (the visual type) may be a nice change that works well with you.
- Take your time!
In levels 1~3 of each area, if you can survive for a certain amount of time you can automatically clear the game.
If you can feel the tempo the enemy you can clear the level and go on without having to face as many Galaga Legions. *You will need to beat the boss in level 4, so you can't use only this method.
- Countermeasures against the "return bullets"
Return bullets (they look like red throwing stars) come flying at your ship with a curve, and increase in appearance in relation to the increase in your combo multiplier. *Please refer to the "Hints" in the tutorial.
If you are having problems with the "return bullets," don't boost your multiplier up so high and you shouldn't see too many of them.
That's all for today, I'll see you again.
Galaga Legions Director Tadashi Iguchi (19/9/2008)
2nd issue Galaga Legions: The beginner's shoot'em up|
Hello Xbox360 users and Xbox LIVE Arcade fans. How is everyone doing? I'm Tadashi Iguchi, the director of Galaga Legions.
Finally, Galaga Legions has been released!
If you haven't downloaded the retail version, or haven't made up your mind on whether to purchase it or not, download the trial version right NOW!!
Now, the 2nd issue is Galaga Legions: The beginner's shoot'em up. In this installment, I am going to give some hints that will help players who aren't as familiar with shoot'em ups, and might think the game looks cool, but is "hard to play" or requires the concentration and reflexes they only had when they were kids. Or even if you just don't feel confident with the controls, please give this a read through!!
Step 1: Check the tutorial
- After loading Galaga Legions, choose Single play, Select mode, then Tutorial.
- There are 4 parts in all so make sure you read it all over. You can skip any parts by pushing the D-Pad. Everything you need to know is written inside.
- Get used to the controls. Proper control of the right trigger, LB and both sticks are the fundamental keys to victory.
Step 2: Choose a mode
- I'm going to focus on clearing Area 1. In Galaga Legions, there are 5 Areas and each Area is made up of 4 Levels. I'll notate "Area 1, Level 1" as "1-1."
- First, choose the Adventure Mode.
- For the Fire Mode, please select "Auto-fire" for an automatic stream of bullets.
Step 3: Play 1-1 with only your left hand
- When the game starts, your ship comes up in the center of the screen.
- As explained in the tutorial, your ship (Fighter) can move all around the screen, but until you get used to playing, stay at the bottom of the screen like the original Galaga.
- By playing with only your left hand, you will be able to focus on moving your ship, thus getting used to the controls and game tempo.
- The blue lines indicate the enemies' estimated orbit and trajectory. The enemies will follow those lines, so be careful when you move your ship over those line.
- The blue enemies with wings are the mini-bosses. They are strong and spit out a lot of bullets, so when they come out, take them out first. *When there are two Galagas of this type, you have to shoot down both of them to make them explode.
Step 4: Beat the Capture Galaga to power up
- Close to the end of stage 1-1, you'll see a Capture Galaga that looks kind of like an eye-ball.
- Target the Capture Galaga once it appears!
- You'll get a big power up after you successfully blow up a Capture Galaga. *For more information, please refer to "about the Legions attack" in the tutorial.
Step 5: Clear Stage 1-2 using the entire screen
- Stage 1-2 is the first time hordes of enemies will come after you wave after wave.
- Read the blue flight paths and be ready for the Galaga before they appear. When the enemies do appear, find the yellow Galaga convoy ships, position yourself and take them out. The secondary explosion will take out the group.
- Even though you might make a couple of mistake, as long as you stay calm and in control, you'll be able to clear stage 1-2.
Step 6: Use your Satellites
- If you can clear stage 1-2, then all of area 1 shouldn't be too difficult.
- In order to clear area 2, you'll need to be able to effectively use the Satellites with the right stick and LB.
- Practice using the Satellites in area 1 until you are comfortable with the controls. *There's a description of how to use the Satellites in the tutorial as well.
- Once you are able to clear area 1 with the Satellites, congratulations, you're not a beginner anymore!
Extra: To clear area 2, watch the demo play.
- Using the Satellites is the key to clearing the areas after area 1.
- Check out the demo play for area 2 for hints and playing tips.
- You can watch the demo after loading the game. *Once you play, the demo is replaced with your past replay.
- Once you have mastered these basics, you will have to rely on in-game experience and understanding the enemies' movement patterns in each area to make it though. Remember, "Practice makes perfect!"
That's all for today, I'll see you all next time!
Galaga Legions Director Tadashi Iguchi (19/9/2008)
1st issue How was Galaga Legions made?|
Hello Xbox360 users and Xbox LIVE Arcade fans. My name is Tadashi Iguchi and I am the director of Galaga Legions.
In this column, I would like to introduce you to interesting episodes and other tidbits of information about Galaga Legions to give you an inside peak on the creation of this product. I will be updating this site every so often, so stay tuned!
Now, for the 1st issue, I would like to talk a little bit about how Galaga Legions was developed.
The original Galaga was released in 1981, becoming a legend almost immediately with fans of the product remaining loyal still today. I'm sure the shock and excitement experienced back in the '80s after playing the game lingers still in the memories of these fans. Even for the non-hardcore players, Galaga remains one of the top classic games of all times.
What a pity!
The original Galaga is definitely a game that's still enjoyable today. It has its own unique "fun" that doesn't exist in modern games. However, it does have its problems. The game structure of Galaga, isn't suited to make the most of the power of the Xbox 360. The best example of this is in difference between the classic vertical display and the modern wide-horizontal display. There was a need to look over many elements of the game in order to address these problems when remaking the game, and we though that was the most difficult and also the most interesting part of the development.
Rebuilding from scratch
When we first started development, we broke down all of the aspects of the original into their individual core elements and began inspecting each element for what it was, so we could build the fundamental aspects into the remake from the bottom-up. This turned out to be a very time-consuming process, requiring a lot of trial and error, and a lot of everyone's time in getting everyone's ideas together. There are a lot of hardcore 2D shoot'em up fans on the team, and we spent countless hours debating, discussing, and sometimes fighting over the ideal image of what "Next-gen Galaga" should be.
After all the drama was over, we came up with the following key concepts:
1: Retain and strengthen the "unique fun" and battle "strategy" of the original
2: Implement all the new and interesting visual, sound, and interface ideas we could come up with.
Basically, we decided that we had to pack everything that sounded fun into the game.
Natural evolution + mutation
When looking at the final product, many people would not believe Galaga Legions to be the reincarnation of the original Galaga. They would probably think it's a totally different game!
Although the number of enemies and the overall speed is incomparable to the original, you'll see that the unique fun and excitement of the original Galaga is still there. The addition of the enemy path forcasting and the strategic sub weapon "Satellite" came to us naturally as we thought long and hard about ways of keeping the fundamental excitement of Galaga while using the immense powers and technology of the new game environment.
While Galaga Legions started off as a natural evolution of the original Galaga, as you can see, it has become more of a mutation of the original, with improved visual impact an advanced game play strategy.
I've been writing on and on, and while I think people can understand the fundamental strategy behind the development of Galaga Legions, I think the only way to experience the evolution and mutation of this original title is by playing it. To all the fans of Galaga, and beginners to shoot'em ups as well, please enjoy a new style of heart-pounding annihilation you've never experienced before!
Thank you! And I'll see you all again.
Galaga Legions Director Tadashi Iguchi (19/9/2008)