Azure Striker Gunvolt, known as Armed Blue Gunvolt (蒼き雷霆 ガンヴォルト Amudo Burū Gan'voruto) in Japan, is a platform game released by Inti Creates for the Nintendo 3DS eShop released in August 2014. In addition to utilizing gameplay similar to Mega Man ZeroAzure Striker Gunvolt also introduced new gameplay elements such as Gunvolt's ability to "tag" enemies and target many at once, adding an additional layer of complexity to the genre. The game also got a PC version on Steam, featuring full Japanese voice acting and some lines cut from the 3DS version.

Gameplay Edit

Azure Striker Gunvolt is a side-scrolling action platform game. The player controls the eponymous Gunvolt, who is able to jump, dash, and utilize a gun with special bullets that "tag" their targets, which grants a homing effect to Gunvolt's electric fields. The player's actions are limited by an energy bar, which depletes when using the electrical field, using additional movement abilities such as double-jumping or air dashing, or being hit by enemies.

Gameplay focuses heavily on the player's technique and skill in moving through levels. While finishing a level is relatively easy, the game provides a ranking system as well as several optional challenges. The game introduces a "chain" system in which the player's score is constantly increased so long as the player avoids being hit by enemies, with special actions such as defeating an enemy in the air or defeating multiple enemies at one time providing an additional bonus.[citation needed] The game uses an item-forging and equipping system, the former of which is instrumental in achieving the game's true ending.

The chain system (referred to as "Kudos" in-game) is designed to challenge players to combine speed and tactical planning. It naturally increases as GV shocks tagged enemies, with some bonus applying. For example, defeating an enemy with 3 tags give a 10 Kudos "Full Strike" bonus. Should GV be hit, he will lose all his Kudos even if he doesn't take damage. Kudos can be banked in by using a special skill or by touching a checkpoint. If Gunvolt reaches 1000 Kudos in a level, the standard music will be replaced by a J-pop song sung by Lumen.

There is also a Speedrun Mode which challenges the player to complete stages as fast as possible, with an online ranking and leaderboard system. The Steam version adds Christmas mode (where points are determined by presents collected as they fall from the sky), and Perma-Anthem mode (which grants a permanent Anthem buff, but disables Prevasion, makes spikes instant death, and overall makes the levels harder).

Plot Edit

Azure Striker Gunvolt is set during an unspecified date in the near future, in which several people called "adepts" have developed "septimal powers".[3]These powers enable superhuman feats including flight, the use of powerful energy weapons, and manipulation of the elements like fire, water, and electricity. The world is at peace thanks to the efforts of a world-spanning corporation known as the Sumeragi Group. However, the Sumeragi Group is, in reality, controlling and experimenting on adepts. Gunvolt, one of the most powerful adepts, has the ability to create electrical fields and works for an organization known as QUILL, which is seeking to reveal and put a stop to Sumeragi's ulterior motives.

The game opens with Gunvolt assigned on a mission to assassinate an adept named Lumen. However, Gunvolt discovers that Lumen is housed within the body of a young girl named Joule and instead rescues her, leading him to amicably defect from QUILL and set out on his own to protect her.

Gunvolt then takes on and defeats several agents of the Sumeragi Group before finally defeating their leadership, Nova, and freeing Joule. In the initial ending, Gunvolt is then betrayed and killed by Asimov, his father figure and the leader of QUILL. However, if Gunvolt is wearing a special pendant created by Joule, the true ending will occur and will see Gunvolt be on the edge of death, but be rescued by Lumen. He will awaken to find Joule's body being deathly cold and ultimately comes to realize that, in order to save his life and be with him wherever he goes, Joule forsook her physical form by fusing her mind and personality with Lumen before further fusing herself into becoming a part of Gunvolt's septimal energy. After this revelation, Gunvolt is confronted by Asimov and, with no other choice, fights him to the death. Following this final battle, Gunvolt leaves his remaining allies in QUILL in order to be alone together with Joule.

Development Edit

Azure Striker Gunvolt was developed by Inti Creates, the Japanese video game development company that also created the Mega Man Zero series,Mega Man ZX, and both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10.

Inti Creates later released an update for the game on March 5, 2015 on the Nintendo eShop. The update fixes typos in the game's dialogue, fixes various bugs in the game, the ability to transfer save data from the demo version to the purchased version, new features only available to the New Nintendo 3DS, and more new and/or updated content.[4]

Special Promotion Edit

If Azure Striker Gunvolt was purchased before November 28th, the owner received a code on their receipt to download Mighty Gunvolt. After the promotion ended, Mighty Gunvolt became available on the 3DS eShop for $3.99. A similar promotion occurred during the Steam release of Azure Striker Gunvolt.

Reception Edit

Azure Striker Gunvolt sold over 100,000 units six months after its release.[12] Its sales have been described as doing well "as a download-only Nintendo 3DS game."[13] Inti Creates later announced that Azure Striker Gunvolt sold 150,000 units as of April 1, 2016.[14]

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Edit

A physical compilation of the game and it's sequel, subtitled Striker Pack, will be released on the Nintendo 3DS in October 4, 2016. It will also be published by Yacht Club Games, famous for developing its hit platformer Shovel Knight.

Media Edit

Azure Striker Gunvolt - Trailer HD02:10

Azure Striker Gunvolt - Trailer HD

This is the first trailer (Remaster: HD) of the game, it shows the history and the mechanics that will appear in the game. We cant see much of the other content inside the game but it's already possible to know what's coming up.

Azure Striker Gunvolt - Trailer 2 (JP)03:00

Azure Striker Gunvolt - Trailer 2 (JP)

This Trailer shows the new stages such as Sinner's Row, Subaquatic Base and Media Tower and also gies a glimpse of each character's plot in the game.

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