I don't remember much about the original, as it's been awhile since I
played it, but after playing PB2 for awhile a little bit about the original
came back to me.
The gameplay in both games are pretty similar. You have control of
your jump in mid-air (unlike games like Castlevania) and you have a
boomerang type weapon (the power blade) to throw at your enemies. You have
a weapon strength meter which you can increase by collecting power ups.
The higher this meter the further you can throw your weapon and the more
destructive it is.
At the beginning of the game you can enter a password to start further
along or you can start from the beginning. You can select which stage
(1-4) you want to start out on. After completing all 4 stages you get to
play stage 5. In each of the first four stages you will find a door about
half way through the level which contains a boss that you fight for a power
suit. The suit you get in stage 1 will let you climb walls, in stage 2
will let you move around freely under water, in stage 3 will let you fly
with a rocket pack, and in stage 4 will let you have two orbs rotating
around you for protection. When you wear each suit there is an energy
meter that will count down as you are wearing it. When the meter is no
more, you cannot wear the suit anymore unless you had some energy tanks in
reserve. You can also find health tanks throughout the levels that you can
keep in reserve. When wearing a suit your weapon is a powerful energy
The midbosses that you fight for the suits all have the same basic pattern.
Shoot them a few times, duck to avoid their shots, then duck and slide
under them. Yup, you have the ability to slide like in the later Mega Man
games and Strider, which gets you out of a lot of tight situations.
The final bosses of each stage are also fairly easy. You can basically
just blast away at the bosses (if you have enough energy) and wear them
down. The level 4 boss is an exception. It is the Gemini boss. There are
two of them, but all you have to do is slide under them as they jump at
you, shoot them from behind, and keep repeating.
The graphics are very well done with nice detail and color. That last
stage has some of the wildest graphics ever! Very well done though. The
stage select screen utilizes some double scrolling NES technology and
looks very cool. Compared to the original, Power Blade 2 did a great job
with the graphics. They have more detail than the original game.
However, the original seemed to give you that "feel" more than this one.
As far as the music goes in Power Blade 2, I really like it. It has a
lot of variety and doesn't remind me of any other games. Only the
instruments sound familar. ;) Each individual track is original and very
nice. It doesn't bother you after a while either which is a BIG plus.
Taito even included the Christmas song "Silent Night" which is very
nice. Although the original just may have better music, I REALLY like
the music to this one too.
The control is good yet a little slow. The addition of the
"slide" is very cool though. One slight flaw is that you go REALLY slow
if you enter the water without the wet suit. The control is VERY slow if
you don't have this suit. Just make sure you enter the second stage
before the fourth. Also, the game is linear now...the exploration elements
of the original are gone, and missed too. This was one of the best
parts of the original and Power Blade 2 seems lacking without it.
Overall, Power Blade 2 is a cool game and is definitely worth a play.
It has nice graphics, music, control, and some radical suits to use.
It's also rather challenging towards the end. The storyline is cool and
the gameplay is great. The main character could have
been given a few different weapons, but I suppose that's what the suits are
meant for. This is basically one of those "memorize the patterns and
you'll do okay" type of games. There are even a couple areas where you
have to ride moving platforms like the parts in Battletoads where you had
to ride the snakes...I thought that was kinda cool. To summarize, Power Blade
2 is a decent game.