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 ~Spoony Spoonicus on 01:15am 10/16/10 (12:40am 10/16/10) in 14m4s  §  2504 eyeballs
 We love Virtual Console but man fuck writing a full review of something we just paid six dollars for. Have a Quick Hit instead.
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Well lo and behold, Sony's started putting import games on their download service, and one of the first two games up is a shoot-em-up mostly unknown to the western world, Gaia Seed. The other is... the notorious Cho Aniki. Wow.

Gaia Seed is a fun, if somewhat basic, shmup - scroll to the right, collect powerups and blow stuff up. It's a bit more forgiving than most, though - rather than one hit kills and a limited supply of screen-clearing super bombs, you have a shield that can sustain multiple hits and slowly regenerates when you're not taking damage, and your super attack temporarily bolsters your weaponry, also regenerating a short while after expending its power. Dying also only takes away one level of your powered up weapons, rather than making you start from scratch as in R-Type and several other games. The game also has plenty of aesthetic appeal for an early Playstation release, with multi-layered backgrounds, colorful explosions, large scaling and rotating sprites, and a unique and vaguely operatic soundtrack.

If you're a shootemup fan and you've got a PSP or Playstation 3, this one is worth your time. And with an asking price of only $6, it's easy on your wallet to boot. Much easier than buying it on an import site, at any rate (where it fetches upwards of $150).

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