There are no shortage of 16-bit throwbacks on the PS Store, but some stand head and shoulders above the rest. The forgettably named Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is one such release: a white-knuckle mix of Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master on SEGA Genesis and Mega Man X on the Super Nintendo, complete with a Mode 7-inspired motorcycle chase sequence and an H.R. Giger-infused cyberpunk pixel art aesthetic – this is essential for retro enthusiasts.
A politically charged storyline involving a totalitarian state backdrops the throwback action, but all you really need to know is that you’re a man-made samurai-wielding super soldier who’s rejected your true purpose and launching an offensive on your creators. This sets the stage for several varied levels, each with their own unique flavour, foes, and boss fights. You can clear the campaign within a few hours, but there’s replay value in finding all of the secrets and achieving a high score.
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