Getting to Know… Burst Sky (Free to Play MMO Shooter China)

Burst Sky is a free-to-play old-school side-scrolling MMO shooter from China studio NetEase. This is a dungeon-based arcade shooter with some bosses that provide plenty of bullet hell moments. It seems simple at first but the gameplay can be quite challenging and entertaining.

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  • Vince

    That 2D art looks great. I’m sort of interested in this as a design – an MMO schmup is definitely unique. But I just don’t feel the game type; Dungeon Fighter is not for me. Saw that vid thumbnail and was hoping it was something Cosmic Break… but flying… or something? I don’t know – not DF.

    I watched anyway ‘cuz I like this guy and I was intrigued. And it sounds cool for a schmup. I’m bummed out by the lack of multiplayer moves though if it’s an MMO.

    There was this 4 player co-op Schmup on the Xbox 360 Live Arcade called “Aegis Wing”. It was actually developed by students with assistance from Microsoft and given away for free (this was back in ’07 or something). It was a pretty bland, but solid schmup by itself, but in co-op it become a massive joy because of the co-op mechanic. Basically, once there were two or more ships in a game, they could link up. If you approach another ship and get close enough, the “X” Button prompt would appear, and whoever hit the button would latch onto the other player becoming their turret enabling them to fire in 360 degrees while both of your shots are now 2x as big & powerful. The tradeoff is that you’re now slower. As you can imagine, the game got hectic and fun with more ships in there, as people would link up to get through areas that were tricky and take advantage of the power boost while fighting certain enemies, then splitting up and scrambling away when necessary to dodge bullet hell patterns, and coming together again, etc. It was a brilliant mechanic that is pretty much THE perfect way to handle multiplayer schmups. I’ve been disappointed seeing every schmup since ignore multiplayer possibilities like that, and I admit I’m disappointed here for the same reason.

    Still the art is nice and the vid preview was cool. :)

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    • freemmostation

      Only know of that game by its name, but the mechanic definitely sounds interesting.

      I remember this old classic Amiga shoot’em up called Apydia, I loved it but the 2-player mode was kind of unfair, yet original. Player one controlled the big, badass bee while the second player controlled this small, nearly useless bee that, if I recall, couldn’t even use power-ups xD

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  • Vince

    Haha. That game actually kind of looked awesome for the time (made me look up a video of it). That little bee reminds me of one of those orange ball things in Gradius – an option, I think? Yeah; it definitely looks like it can only move in ways that follow the main bee.

    But man, that music is super catchy!

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    • freemmostation

      Oh, the music in Apydia! Several times I’ve looked for it just to remind how cool the tunes were. It was awesome!

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