Review: Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 – Another Cracking Mega Man Zero-Alike

Capturing lightning in a bottle again.

Way back in 2014, Inti Creates—of Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX fame—made waves in the action platforming space when it released Azure Striker Gunvolt, a clear successor to its previous work on the Blue Bomber. Though that initial release was kinda similar to older Mega Man games, this franchise has evolved far beyond those roots as new ideas and gameplay concepts have come into the fold. Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 represents the next step on this path of new ideas, and while it isn’t a revolutionary new take on the Gunvolt formula, it offers up a tightly designed and intensely addictive adventure that no fan of the franchise will want to miss out on.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 picks up several years after the events of the second entry and begins by following a new character named Kirin. Kirin is a feisty battle priestess working for a shadow organization that endeavors to contain a new Septimal threat where some Septima users are losing control of their powers and turning into powerful, chaotic dragons. The first dragon that Kirin takes down turns out to be Gunvolt himself, who quickly remembers who he is and joins forces with her to neutralize the remaining dragons and get to the heart of what caused their emergence in the first place.

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