Setting the record straight
It took a few months, but I've finally beaten Silver Surfer!
I'd like to set the record straight on this game and dispel a few myths:
1) 'The game is impossible': Nope, it's beatable, it just takes a LOT of practice. You basically have to practice until you reach the point where you always have an idea of what's coming next, and that you're never really surprised. (I do have to add that the 'Magik Domain' which is the 6th and final level, is insanely difficult.)
2) The game is 'broken': One thing I realized early on was that the controls are fantastic. There's nothing broken about this game, it's just ridiculously hard. It really does come down to skill, though that skill is very hard earned.
3) 'When you die, you start at the beginning': Nope, there are checkpoints in each section. Also, starting from where you died (like how you do in Contra) would actually have been a bad thing in this game. Often, starting back from a checkpoint allows you to get re-equipped with power-ups, which are quite essential.
4) 'The game sucks/the game is not fun': Nothing could be further from the truth. This is one of the most enjoyable and fun video games I have ever played. It may not be fun when you first start playing, but once you get 'decent' at it, you start to see how great it is. It's intense, has great controls, great graphics and music, and requires precise timing and skills. Also, as another reviewer said, beating this game (and even the small victories along the way), boy is that rewarding.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Dave Stibrany from Toronto on 6/3/2015