North American GameCube cover art
|Publisher(s)||MileStone, Sega, O~3 Entertainment, Able Corporation|
|Genre(s)||Shoot 'em up|
|Arcade system||Sega NAOMI|
Chaos Field (カオスフィールド Kaosufiirudo?) is a 2004 arcade shoot 'em up developed by MileStone. It was ported to Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo GameCube; the PlayStation 2 version is known as Chaos Field New Order, and the GameCube version is known as Chaos Field Expanded. The GameCube version was also the only standalone version to be released outside of Japan, in North America. Otherwise, the game is included in the MileStone Shooting Collection series.
The player can choose one among three ships, each with specific traits of firepower and speed. Along with normal gunfire and energy swords, there is the "Wing Layer" and the "Lock-on Shot". The Wing Layer can be used to damage the enemy as well as canceling bullets to obtain combos. The Lock-On shot targets parts of the boss or bullets. These attacks function differently for each ship.
The game follows the "boss fest" style; the levels primarily consist of battles against a single, very powerful enemy. The player's ship can move back and forth between two parallel dimensions: the "Orderfield" and the "Chaosfield". In the Order Field, enemies have less firepower, whereas in the Chaosfield there are more opportunities for amassing points.
Combos can be obtained as well. The player can generate combos by targeting bullets or sections of the enemies with the Lock-on Shot or by canceling bullets with the Wing Layer. However, it is only possible to target bullets with the Lock-On Shot while in the Chaos Field.
Taking place some time in the future, the technological advancements of mankind discover a dimension of absolute chaos that its discoverers quickly called the Chaosfield. Upon its discovery, the overly destructive inhabitants of the Chaosfield, known as the Abo, invaded Earth which is considered the Orderfield. The war raged so long that special pilots were selected to fly the best star fighters equipped with trans-dimensional technology to combat the Abo and save the Earth and its field.
- Hal, a 15 year old boy and pilot of the Mixed Blue. He is extremely stoic and was selected to become a pilot since his birth.
- Ifumi, a 19 year old girl and pilot of the Flawed Red. She's a natural optimist who has acted as a sister figure to Hal.
- Jinn, a 30 year old man with a mysterious past who is the pilot of the Fake Yellow. Many rumors have spread around him, the most interesting being he was genetically created from Abo genes.
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- Packaging for this release changed the name to "Chaos Field" while retaining the original title in-game
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