Moon Diver

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Moon Diver
Moon Diver logo.png
Moon Diver logo
Developer(s) feelplus
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s) Koichi Yotsui
Producer(s) Andou Takehiro
Platform(s) PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade
Release date(s) PSN
  • JP March 29, 2011
  • NA March 29, 2011
  • PAL March 30, 2011[1]
  • EU March 30, 2011
XBLA
  • JP May 4, 2011
  • NA May 4, 2011
  • PAL May 4, 2011[2]
  • EU May 4, 2011
Genre(s) Side-scroller, platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Download

Moon Diver (ムーンダイバー Mūndaibā, MOON DIVER?), formerly known as Necromachina, is a side-scrolling platforming video game developed by feelplus[3] and published by Square Enix. It was released for the PSN on March 29, 2011, and the Xbox Live Arcade on May 4, 2011.

Gameplay[edit]

Plot[edit]

It is the dawn of the 22nd century on the third planet from the sun. Humanity, broken free from its eschatological thralls, now watches as a lone boy stands before it. Within his hands, he controls the power of Mephistopheles – a force which can breathe life into that which has none. Animated machines devour the helpless; buildings shower the streets with storms of glass; cups, trains, bridges, whole towns – the remnants of civilization are transformed into bloodthirsty beasts whose only purpose is to wield the hammer of judgment.

The boy’s name is Faust, and he will not stop until he has cleansed the planet of humankind and claimed it as his own. Centuries have passed since his advent, and the world now holds its breath as the End of Days draws ever closer. Yet hope is not lost. Hidden among humanity’s last remaining survivors, an elite unit of specially trained ninja known as Moondivers have been lying in wait for orders from their Shogun to embark on one final mission to reclaim the planet. Today, those orders arrived.

Development[edit]

Koichi Yotsui directed the four-player side-scroller, with gameplay reminiscent of the Strider game series, which was also helmed by Yotsui.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 61[7][8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 7.25[5]
IGN 7/10[6]
Xbox Addict 8/10[9]
Official Xbox Magazine 4.5/10[10]
Team Xbox 8.5/10[11]

The title has received generally mixed reviews, with a score of 61 on Metacritic. IGN gave Moon Diver a score of 7 out of 10, calling it fun but inconsistent and flawed. The Official Xbox Magazine gave it a score of 4.5 out of 10, praising the co-op mode but criticizing the unnecessary long stages and calling the solo mode a hopeless grind. Game Informer gave the title a 7.25 rating out of 10, stating that the multiplayer component was more enjoyable and polished than the single player. Team Xbox gave the title an 8.5 out of 10 rating, praising the fun gameplay and graphics but criticized the repetitive soundtrack.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moon Diver strides to PSN March 29". Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Square Enix Drops Moon Diver on XBLA Today". Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "『MOON DIVER(ムーンダイバー)』近未来忍者アクションが登場". Famitsu. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  4. ^ ""Father" of Strider talks Moon Diver". Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Moon Diver Review: Feelplus Falls Just Short Of The Strider Legacy - Moon Diver - Xbox 360". www.GameInformer.com. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  6. ^ Colin Moriarty. "Moon Diver Review - Xbox 360 Review at IGN". Xboxlive.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  7. ^ "Moon Diver for Xbox 360 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  8. ^ "Moon Diver for PlayStation 3 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  9. ^ "XboxAddict Moon Diver Staff Review". XboxAddict.com. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  10. ^ "Official XBOX Magazine | Moon Diver review". Oxmonline.com. 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  11. ^ "Moon Diver Review (Xbox 360)". Reviews.teamxbox.com. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 

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