Cotton Reboot is the revised version of one shoot ’em up historical, Cotton – Fantastic Night Dreams, which saw its first appearance in the distant past 1991 in Japan, and placed players in the shoes of a young red-haired witch in a universe full of Japanese humor and animated by battles against hundreds of opponents and bullets on the screen. We therefore had the opportunity to test and draw up the review for the remastered version in HD of the game for the PlayStation 4 console and our test has reserved a few for us positive surprises And Some doubts.
A Cdigital abinato in 2021
When we talk about Cotton Reboot we cannot leave out a small but very important premise in this review, we are talking about a game belonging to a kind of 30 years ago with all his strengths and his inherent problems, which must find their own context in today’s gaming world. In fact, we are talking about a very particular product that could make happy those who have a lot of experience in video games, as well as in part for novices, but at the same time disappoint both portions of the public.
In this reboot, some key elements of the old cabin cruisers have been adapted to our times and it is therefore possible to aim to achieve increasingly impressive scores by challenging those of others. thousands of players scattered around the world, thanks to a series of scores And rankings shared, all very detailed for each individual game mode and challenge level. Precisely in this regard we can note how the actualization of these very specific contexts, such as the rankings of small arcades, leave (in our personal opinion) “The time they find”, at least nowadays, if not accompanied by a playful system in step.
In fact, we are talking about a catchment area that is obviously immensely greater than that of the individual small shops of the 1990s. It follows that the challenge level Yes raises in an exorbitant way even just to hope to reach a place a half of the regional ranking. However, we recognize that this factor is extremely subjective, because some players may instead appreciate a system like this, already present in many products. However, in the next few paragraphs we will explain more extensively why this system has not completely convinced us.
A gameplay partly in step with the times and partly anchored in the past, for Cotton Reboot
The gameplay has some changes compared to the previous iteration of the 90s, which can still be found in the game under the name of X68000 Mode. However, the new introductions do not solve some such chronic problems. After all Cotton Reboot it presented itself in the review phase as one of those historic titles that made one stick it’s a pair of keys the combinations sufficient to continue the adventure. This feature involves the presence of some typical elements of the genre such as the impossibility of the player to direct the character’s focus in other directions than that of the lateral scrolling from left to right.
This means that it may happen that you find located enemies behind our position, and being able to “Shoot forward only” we will be absolutely unable to counterattack the attacks of the enemies placed behind us. Of course, there is always the option of manual dodge of incoming shots, but even this feature is not always very useful in the hell of bullets from which the subgenus of bullet hell is characterized. We are therefore very far from the complexity and balance of the modern game shooting system, to the point that titles like Enter the Gungeon – which even have a random spawn system – manage to show a more challenging level. “right” towards the player. In fact, in Cotton Reboot very often we find ourselves in almost completely hopeless situations, and which require enviable speed and skill to complete, at least in theory.
A theoretically impossible and yet very easy game
So we come to the point on the issue of rankings “More or less an end in themselves”. In fact, despite what was said above about the difficulty of the game, Cotton Reboot comes to the player by placing a characteristic extremely far away from the primitive concept of arcade games, namely that of “Infinite lives”. We are not kidding, in Cotton Reboot it is possible to continue your battles even once the typical trio of lives has been exhausted, with the only negative element of lose a part of the experience points earned, which are necessary for obtaining truly competitive scores to be compared with other players around the world through the rankings.
In a nutshell, anyone with minimal experience in the genre and above all a good degree of patience can, with relative simplicity, complete all the stages even at the highest challenge level, but with the disadvantage of placing himself in the ranking at the lowest places ever, if his performance were to be studded with countless game over. This element can also have a positive reading key, because it partially increases the accessibility of an extremely niche game and particularly relegated to outdated mechanics, such as that of the one-way focus. Yet, this element could displease some of the hardcore gamers who, we specify, can still ignore the function and manually restart the game after each defeat.
The graphics that take us back and forth in time
Nothing to say about the technical component of Cotton Reboot, which in the review has shown itself to be fully up to the task, capable of plunging us back into a colorful universe And full of explosions And chaos on screen. The new graphic revision of the game stood out in definition and stability and the audio component was well integrated with the changes. We must point out, however, that in some contexts the new visual appearance presents such a high number of colored bullets and objects simultaneously present on the display to the point of confusing less trained players, who could easily take damage, mistaking bullets and bullets for their own. simultaneous attacks of the strongest enemies.