Okay, I swung by Shinjuku and gave this a whirl. First, apologies as I was halfway there when I realized I didn't have my camera. So, no pictures or vids.
For those that were ready for Milestone to break out of their cell-shading practices, great news! Cave and G.Rev both have shooting games coming out in a few months don't use use cell-shading. Illvelo, definitely does. In fact, it looks like it's a few steps behind Radilgy in some ways.
For those that though the game was an abbreviation of Illmatic Envelope, you were right. What does Illmatic mean? I have no fucking idea!
The theme is the polar opposite of Karous' dark, goth motif. This one is colorful, and can only be described as web browser meets Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. Pencils, chopsticks, legos... things that really belong in a shooting game are all here. What's w/ the web browser? Well, the game looks like it's being played in one. When you score, or do something else, a drop down menu w/ a mouse pointer shows you what you've done.
Gameplay is pretty much the typical Milestone shell w/ some tweaks. You have three meters to raise: Attack, Close, and Shield. Attack is raised by shooting things (A-button). Close is raised by killing things with your "dolls" (B-button...they don't look like dolls, they're just round circles), and the shield appears when you fire neither of the other two weapons. The differences this time is your shield (which are actually the two dolls) moves to whatever side you last moved the joystick. Somewhat tricky to use compared to Milestone's last two efforts.
From the little I played of it, it's definitely harder than Karous, although the bosses do time out at some point. I didn't get past the second boss though. There are also different items which will change your shot and doll combinations. You can go from rapid, to laser, to other weirder things. Some of the items will make your dolls be a bit more aggressive.
Finally, there is a "special attack" this time which I assume is a bomb. Like a moron, I never used it. The smoke was killing me so I had to cruise. It looks like it would be fun to play for a week at home. In the arcades, there's much better stuff available.
Rade wrote:Finally received a reply by posting in a thread at that Gaijin forum: