North American GameCube cover art
|Platform(s)||Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2|
|Genre(s)||Shoot 'em up|
|Arcade system||Sega NAOMI|
Chaos Field (カオスフィールド Kaosu Fīrudo) is a 2004 shoot 'em up video game developed by MileStone for the Sega NAOMI arcade platform. 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 Japan, in North America, where it was simply titled Chaos Field. The game is also included in the Ultimate Shooting Collection for the Wii.
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.
Levels primarily consist of battles against powerful "boss" enemies. The player's ship can move back and forth between two parallel dimensions: the "Orderfield" and the "Chaos Field". You build up scoring potential in the Order Field where foes at are normal strength, then reap rewards in the more difficult Chaos Field.
One part of scoring is the combo system. 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 soon called the Chaos Field. Upon its discovery, the overly destructive inhabitants of the Chaos Field, 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 Orderfield.
- 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.
The Dreamcast and GameCube versions received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave the Dreamcast version a score of one seven, two sixes and one five; and later gave the GameCube version a score of one seven, two six and one five.
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