- Title: Shantae: Half-Genie Her
- Publisher: XSeed Games
- Console: PS4/PS Vita
- Release Date: 12/19/16
She’s back again folks, and in my humble opinion, better than ever!
Many of you are probably at least slightly familiar with the Shantae series, either from playing it or just hearing about it, as it’s been on numerous platforms since the series debuted years ago. This time though, things are looking a lot more vibrant, and by all accounts, more streamlined as well.
For those of you new to Shantea, allow me to give you a brief (simplified) overview: She’s a half genie that can use her hair to attack, and can transform and use magic by way of dancing. The game is very platform based, but there’s also a good deal of exploring and puzzle solving to be done, especially for all of you hardcore completion out there.
Compared to the other games in the series, the transformation/spell casting sequence has been streamlined, and farming jewels to buy new spells and items doesn’t take nearly as long. Also, the graphics are sharper than ever before, as any release on an HD console should be.
It’s not all sun and rainbows in the new game though; the soundtrack, while initially charming, gets repetitive very quickly, and more often than I was comfortable with, but not often enough for it to be too big a deal, enemies seemingly spawned within my own hit box, hurting me before I could even possibly dodge or attack them. Still, those are two very small flaws that ultimately didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the game in the long run.
All in all, between the fun lengthy levels, the couple dozen “hidden” collectibles, and the brutal boss fights, this game certainly has enough to keep players hooked and invested, and the story is quite entertaining. Final Rating: 8/10