Sin and Punishment: Star Successor Hands-On

The sequel to the cult favorite on the Nintendo 64 and Virtual Console is coming to the Wii.

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While we've already played the Japanese import version of Sin and Punishment: Star Successor quite a bit, it was nice to finally get our hands on the North American version of the game. Like the original, Star Successor is an on-rails, Star Fox-like shooter where your character is free to move around a designated space as the game forces you forward through the level. We played two of these levels--one in an industrial setting that takes place at the beginning of the game (and serves as a tutorial of sorts) and the other in a strange factory-in-the-sky setting that proved to be pretty difficult.

You can select one of two characters in the game--Isa and Kachi. Both characters are able to walk on the ground, fly in the environment, and evade enemies and bullets via a dodge move, but their special attacks (which can be performed by holding down A and B on the Wii Remote) are different. Isa's special attack functions more like a bomb that causes massive amounts of damage to anything in its path or anything within its blast radius, whereas Kachi's special attack lets you lock on to several enemies before unleashing a series of homing missiles (not unlike the dragon's attacks from the Panzer Dragoon series). Additionally, both characters can perform melee attacks, which not only are invaluable when enemies get a little too close for comfort, but can also be used to bat projectiles back at enemies. In some cases, the only way you can cause any significant damage to an enemy is to do exactly that.

In both levels we played, we saw a healthy mixture of enemies, ranging from regular foot soldiers and little robots capable of firing projectiles in the first level, to nimble, long-legged ninja-like foes and massive gear-spitting walls. In both levels, we had to make extensive use of Isa and Kachi's evasive moves, but we really put their special attacks to use in the second level we played, because the screen often became swarmed with enemies, as tends to happen in games developed by Treasure.

And speaking of Treasure--another characteristic of its games is the great boss battles, and Star Successor seemingly follows that trend. Our first boss battle was with a massive, multilegged, tanklike machine that stomps its legs and fires a variety of projectiles in your direction, making it difficult to keep the focus on shooting the body. Our second boss battle was reminiscent of those in the 8- and 16-bit shooters of yore, where a weak point appears from behind a shield at various points while the screen continually fills with enemy lasers beams. Both of these bosses can offer a challenge even on the easiest setting, so we can only imagine just how much more difficult they will be on the hardest setting.

As with the Japanese version, the North American version of Sin and Punishment: Star Successor will feature support for two-player action as well as online leaderboards, which can be sorted by level and difficulty setting. We'll have more on the sequel to Sin and Punishment before its June 7 release.

Discussion

28 comments
Eclipse-015
Eclipse-015

It looks pretty good, but it just seems like Muramasa with guns.

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

This is going to be an awesome year for Wii gamers!

topraman517
topraman517

Wow, this looks really good. I think this is going to be a good year for Wii. Quality over quantity, I say. I only buy around two-three games per year for my PS3, because I only bother to play games of the highest quality. And the Wii looks like it will have at least two-three high quality games this year, so that is enough for me.

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

well well nintendo.....lets see what u will have for us at e3

chappy_man
chappy_man

Wow looks good, something to keep my eye on in the future

animemaster0x70
animemaster0x70

this game looks good, but i never played the 1st game in this series.

calvinsora
calvinsora

The game has been getting some sweet scores in the East, so I think it's safe to say that the game will rock.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

I love schumps. Can't wait for the US release.

ausgamer529
ausgamer529

might try and rent this if my dad get me to blockbuster

dovonob
dovonob

oh sweet jesus i think i'm a little moist after reading this, i may even go get back my tacky piece of family cheese that is my Wii from my parents house. I've got the first game on an N64 emulator, although it's called Tsumi to Batsu and it's all in japenese, can't understand a word of it although the cut scenes are in english for some wacky reason, can't understand any of the menus, the screen regulary goes black during cutscenes or boss battles on the emulator and you have to just keep smacking the buttons and pray you're still alive when the screen comes back but yet is still one of the greatest games i've ever played. co-op aswell!!!!!!!!!!! spufftastic

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Looking good Treasure always delivers.

isaacmj
isaacmj

Nice, I'm not very good at this type of games but this one really looks great.

wiifan001
wiifan001

Oh this just gets better and better!

Gamewako
Gamewako

This is what wet dreams are made of! The BEST game from the BEST game maker in the WORLD! This can not be denied!

daniel13789
daniel13789

"will feature support for two-player action" HOLY CRAP YESSSSSS!!!

truantjohnny
truantjohnny

Put this control scheme to Einhander and I'm sold.

nini200
nini200

Day One for me. Now All I need to know is when is Zangeki no Reginleiv/Dynamic Slash coming out?

Pierst179
Pierst179 moderator

It looks fantastic.

64-bit
64-bit

wii satisfaction

64-bit
64-bit

i need that screen to match my wii

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

YES! YES! YES! YESYESYESYESYESYESYES! This is so the coolest looking Nintendo game coming out this year thus far. Mmmhm, rail shooters are awesome and if Panzer Dragoon has taught me anything it's that they can be some of the best games ever made. Man, oh man, I hope Sin and Punishment does well. Maybe then we can get a Star Fox game that doesn't suck. More rail shooters please! Nintendo, gimme a damn Star Fox game. Sega, I want Smilebit to be set loose from Sega Sports Japan. If you punks are listening you're wasting that teams talent on Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games. Let them loose and let them develop another Panzer Dragoon game baby! RAIL SHOOTERS ROCK!

CyberWhiz
CyberWhiz

This is a hot shooter. Love it

Seabas989
Seabas989

The game looks great. The first one was awesome and the sequel looks even better. Plus it looks fun so I'll definitely get it.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

God, I can't wait for this one. I loved Sin and Punishment 1 on Wii Virtual Console and hope this does well as well.