The PlayStation 3 is about to get a new arcade shooter, as Novastrike was unveiled today by Tiki Games. Novastrike is scheduled to ship later this spring, and it will support the DualShock 3 PS3 controller.
Filled with the intense gameplay of a classic top-down shooter, Novastrike will provide continued updates and content additions via the PlayStation Network to keep the game always changing.
Shooter veterans will find a wealth of options in Novastrike, a sci-fi war zone that pits players against an onslaught by the world-conquering Draelus. From the cockpit of their experimental Scythe fighter, able pilots will utilize free-roaming flight and multiple weapon variations to combat an armada of alien forces in the air and on land.
With ship and weapon upgrades, and a slew of allied units, players of Novastrike will engage the Draelus in a variety of planetary environments, completing objectives and facing fearsome opponents in their fight to drive back the invasion.
Novastrike will include seven expansive stages, each driven by objective-based goals. Players will fly through these stages in a completely free-roaming nature; there won’t be any on-rails elements in the game, which will let players fly in any direction.
As the player collects weapon drops from enemy ships, the weapons themselves will become available to the Scythe. In addition, Novastrike will include nine base weapon systems, each with three subsequent upgrade levels.
In terms of the enemies, not only will they attack players from the ground and the sky, by they will include multiple sections, meaning that individual components can be destroyed. For example, carriers have hangars that launch fighters, and those hangars can be destroyed independently of destroying the Carrier, preventing the Carrier from launching additional fighters.
Novastrike will include a host of different enemy types, such as fighters, bombers, kamikazes, aces, carriers and destroyers, all leading to an end-boss fight.