Macross VF-X22Q2014 issue

Pho­tos cour­tesy of

Find your way in the stars

ありがと ございました おなしと の おとこのしと!

And for the non-Nihongo speak­ing, thank you ladies and gen­tle­men! It’s great to be

William Har­ri­son, GI con­tribut­ing editor

back and for the Far East­ern (Nihon, Nihongo = Japan­ese lan­guage) issue. I under­stand that a lot of peo­ple may be won­der­ing why it’s not called Robot­ech. Well, let’s just stick with the ver­sion that was released in Japan. The funny thing is, this game was actu­ally sched­uled for an Amer­i­can release but was later can­celed because of the “cre­ator” of the Robot­ech series. His demands were a bit on the ridicu­lous side and rather than bow to him, Big West/Bandai Visual (before it merged with Namco) made sure that the Amer­i­can release never saw the light of day.

But if you knew the right places to go and were will­ing to pay the price, you could have your very own copy like I do. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to play it, but this is still one of the best games I have played in a long time and the fan boy in me was all over this when I saw it in an import store in Greenville, S.C. I fell in love with Macross VF-X2.

VF-X2 is a flight-style com­bat shooter with a bit of an arcade feel to it, loads of fun and not too bad of a story to add to the Macross uni­verse. You are Arges Focker, rookie pilot who joins the U.N. Spacy and is shortly recruited to the Raven Fight­ing Squadron. You bat­tle through sev­eral mis­sions, pilot­ing sev­eral of the vari­able fight­ers from the orig­i­nal Valkyre to the VF-22 (Macross plus YF-21: The 21 was des­ig­nated the 22 to honor Guld Goa Bow­man after his death).

The game plays very well and the sounds and effects will put you in the right frame of mind of the Macross series, but, unfor­tu­nately, it does have a few bugs.

One of the main bugs occurs when you beat the game: The clos­ing cin­e­matic glitches and plays for two frames then either freezes or boots you to the cred­its screen. That’s heart­break­ing because it kind of ruins that whole sat­is­fac­tion of beat­ing the game. The game is solid as a whole, but the glitches kind of cut into the fun. If you love Robotech/Macross, don’t let the glitches keep you from a solid rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the series.

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