Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

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Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
SinPunishmentStarSuccessorBox.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Treasure Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Atsutomo Nakagawa
Producer(s) Masato Maegawa
Hitoshi Yamagami
Designer(s) Masaki Ukyo
Artist(s) Yasushi Suzuki
Composer(s) Norio Hanzawa
Platform(s) Wii, Wii U (Nintendo eShop)
Release Wii
  • JP: October 29, 2009
  • EU: May 7, 2010
  • NA: June 27, 2010
Wii U
Nintendo eShop
  • JP: March 25, 2015
  • EU: April 30, 2015
  • AU: May 1, 2015
  • NA: August 27, 2015[1]
Genre(s) Rail shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, released in Europe as Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies, and in Japan as Sin and Punishment: Sora no Kōkeisha (罪と罰 ~宇宙の後継者~?, Tsumi to Batsu: Sora no Kōkeisha, lit. "Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Universe") is a 2009 rail shooter video game for Wii developed by Treasure and published by Nintendo. It is the sequel to the Nintendo 64 video game Sin and Punishment.

Set many years after the first game, Star Successor focuses on Isa Jo, the son of Saki and Airan from the first game, and a mysterious young woman named Kachi. The game is compatible with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, featuring online leaderboards. While the original game featured English voice acting in both the Japanese and English versions, the sequel has Japanese voice acting for the Japanese version, as well as the option to switch between Japanese and English voice acting in the non-Japanese versions.

Revealed at a Nintendo conference on October 2, 2008,[2][3] it was released in Japan on October 29, 2009,[4] in Europe on May 7, 2010,[5] and in North America on June 27, 2010.[6] Although Nintendo Australia never released the game physically, retailer JB Hi-Fi imported the UK version and began selling it on July 21, 2010.[7]

In the January 2015 Nintendo Direct, it was announced that this game and other Wii games would be released for download through the Wii U's Nintendo eShop. It was released in Japan on March 25, 2015,[8] in Europe on April 30, 2015,[9] in Australia and New Zealand on May 1, 2015,[10] and in North America on August 27, 2015, along with the original game on the Wii U Virtual Console.

Gameplay[edit]

The game can be controlled using one of four control methods: Wii Remote with Nunchuk, Wii Zapper, Classic Controller (as well as the Classic Controller Pro) and the Nintendo GameCube Controller.[11] Playing as either Isa or Kachi, the player can move around freely on-screen, while traveling a set path (i.e. "on-rails") that may go forward, backward, side-to-side, or up and down. The player may run on the ground and jump, as in the original, but can also fly. A rolling dodge move can be performed in any direction to avoid enemy attacks. Aiming of the gun is done with a reticule, and is not tied to movement.

In addition to gunfire, the player may also slash with a sword, which deals heavy damage to enemies at close range, and can be used to deflect certain projectiles (usually missiles) at an on-screen opponent, scoring heavy damage. A charge attack can be employed to deal very heavy damage, but requires a long cool down period to recharge afterward.

Getting successive enemy hits while remaining unscathed increases the score multiplier, knocking enemy missiles, or alike, also increases the score multiplier.

Plot[edit]

Taking place many years after the original Sin and Punishment, Star Successor reveals that there are two dimensions present within the universe: Inner Space and Outer Space. The leaders of Inner Space, known as the Creators, created and cultivated several Earths populated by humans to defend against Outer Space. Whenever humans stray from their intended path by attempting to bring peace, the Creators wipe them out and create a new Earth. Outer Space sends a reconnaissance unit in the form of a human girl to investigate humans. However, in the process of infiltration she loses her memory and wanders to the ruins of Earth-4 instead of the human-populated Earth-5. An agent of Earth-5, Isa Jo, is sent to find and kill the Outer Space infiltrator, but after observing her he concludes she is harmless. Naming her "Kachi," Isa decides to protect her. In response, the Creators send out a group known as the Nebulox, led by Isa's former ally Deko, to tell Isa that Kachi is a monster capable of destroying entire worlds, and that he must destroy her. When Isa refuses, they try to kill both Kachi and Isa for his betrayal. The "Keepers," lifeforms which have worked to destroy any supposed contaminants to Earth-4, attack humans and invaders.

Isa goes on the run with Kachi, seeking to board an air ship that will take them off the planet. Isa and Kachi's attempts to escape are thwarted by the Nebulox until they eventually decide to face them head on. Isa changes into a ruffian form, an ability he inherited from his father, Saki of the original Sin and Punishment, but he merges with Kachi in order to control his new power. They pursue the Nebulox into space, killing them one by one.

When the game is completed in Isa and Kachi mode, a final scene shows Kachi's memory returning. She reveals to Isa that her real name is Achi, implying that she is actually the villain from the original Sin and Punishment, and that Isa's decision to protect her from the Nebulox was a mistake after all.

Characters[edit]

Playable characters[edit]

Isa Jo (イサ・ジョ?): The son of Saki Amamiya and Airan Jo from Successor of the Earth, Isa had already denounced the creators before, after witnessing Saki's transformation into a Ruffian, resulting in mass destruction. Rebelling against the Nebulox, he helps Kachi to escape from them and bring an end to their attacks. Using a special backpack which enables him to hover, Isa uses manual-fire attacks, able to switch between manual aim and lock-on aim for single targets. Voiced by Grant George (English Version), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese version)

Kachi (カチ?): A villainess-turned-heroine, Kachi loses her memories after her defeat and takes the form of a human girl. She grew fond of humanity, and wishes to live amongst them instead of destroying them. Isa finds her and names her Kachi, having no knowledge of her real name before and during the game. She flees from the Nebulox alongside Isa. Using a board which allows her to hover, Kachi can automatically lock-on to targets and fire at multiple enemies. Voiced by Jan Dunlap (English Version), Seiko Yoshida (Japanese version)

Nebulox[edit]

Known as the "Group of Five Countries," or "G5" in the original Japanese version of the game, the Nebulox members of Earth-5 and followers of the creators, who wish to hunt down and kill Kachi, who is not a true human, and thus kill Isa for his betrayal.

Orion Tsang (ツェンロン・リー?, Cheng Long Lee): A master of psychokinesis. Voiced by Eric Newsome (English Version), Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese version)

Armon Ritter (リッター?, Ritter): A shapeshifter who transforms into mutated marine life forms. Voiced by Michael Blum (English Version), Yuichi Ishigami (Japanese version)

Hibaru Yaju (ヒバル・ヤジュー?): An expert swordswoman. Voiced by Becky Poole (English Version), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese version)

Ariana Shami (アリアナ・シャミ?): A female shaman/illusionist who dresses like a bird. Voiced by Janet Day (English Version), Yoko Soumi (Japanese version)

Deko Gekisho (デコ・ゲキショウ?, Deco Gekisho) : A former friend of Isa, and leader of the Nebulox's forces. He leads the Nebulox in their mission to carry out the supposed will of the creators (a concept which is generally excluded from the English version of the game) by attempting to kill Kachi and Isa. Voiced by Steve Heinke (English Version), Toru Okawa (Japanese version)

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 85.86%[12]
Metacritic 87/100[13]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[14]
Destructoid 8.5/10[15]
Edge 8/10[16]
Eurogamer 9/10[17]
G4 4/5 stars[18]
Game Informer 8.75/10[19]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[20]
Game Revolution B+[22]
GameSpot 8.5/10[23]
GamesRadar 4/5 stars[21]
GameZone 7.5/10[24]
IGN 9/10[25]
9.2/10 (UK)[26]
Joystiq 5/5 stars[27]
Nintendo Life 9/10 stars[28]
Nintendo Power 9/10[29]
Nintendo World Report 9/10[30]
ONM 90%[31]
PALGN 9/10[32]

The game has received critical acclaim, holding a score of 87/100 on Metacritic,[13] and 85.86% on GameRankings.[12] IGN UK praised it, giving it a 9.2 out of 10, and writing "Forget bullet hell - Treasure has created an awesome slice of bullet heaven."[26] The US IGN gave it a 9/10 and an Editor's Choice award, writing "Playing Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is like diving into an action movie full of amazing sights and tense gunfights." [25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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