Omnibion War brings Star Fox style shooting back to PC

Omnibion Wars

A confession: I love on-rails shooters. At least, I did during the peak of the genre, when Panzer Dragoon, Star Fox 64 and their ilk briefly ruled the roost. There’s just something especially pure and cathartic about them. As such, it’s no surprise that the debut trailer for Omnibion War – a new shooter in this largely forgotten style from Chilean studio Crazy Bullet – caught my eye. It’s even got Itano Circus missiles, objectively the best sort.

What we have here looks very, very much like Star Fox 64, minus the furries, with perhaps a dash of Omega Boost/Macross thrown in for flavor. You’ve got your on-rails shooting sections, but occasionally gameplay will switch to a free-flying dogfight mode. Despite its relative simplicity on paper, it’s a pretty hard genre to get right, so I’ll be interested to see if this brave indie team can succeed where much larger studios have fumbled.

It looks like every genre staple is present and correct. A rapid-firing forward machinegun weapon, a multi-locking homing attack, and taking a nod from the likes of Macross, your fighter can switch to a humanoid mech-form, allowing you (at least in free-flight) to stop dead in the air and dodge laterally, as well as rapidly change facing.

I’ll be the first to admit that this one likely won’t be reinventing the genre or ushering in a new generation of this kind of shooter, but I’m glad to see any studio – even a small one – taking a shot at it after Nintendo and Platinum over-egged the pudding with the mechanically confused Star Fox Zero.

As an aside to other aficionados of the genre, if you’ve not played Sin & Punishment: Successor of The Skies (Star Successor in the US) for the Wii, it’s probably my favourite game in this style, ever, and also the last major project from legendary Japanese action studio Treasure. You can still grab it off Amazon UK new and cheap.

Why mention this? Because it emulates perfectly through Wii emulator Dolphin on PC. Better still, it maps itself to the emulator’s default WASD + Mouse controls with no additional configuration needed. An undersold classic on Wii given new life on PC, running at a solid 60fps even on a mediocre machine. Go forth and dance in the lasers.

Anyhow, Omnibion War doesn’t have a fixed release date yet beyond ‘Coming Soon’, but it does have a Steam store page, and will be published by Russian outfit 1C Company.

7 Comments

  1. DeepSleeper says:

    I absolutely hate to be overly picky about anything involving mecha, BUT I just don’t get a sense of attachment to the world from the ship movement in the trailer. It feels like the ship and some of the enemies are an overlay in front of a scrolling FMV of a level.

    Yeah, I know that’s the fundamental basis of a rail shooter, but Star Fox itself went a long way to put the ship in the scene via collisions and shots interacting with scenery and such. It might be something about the camera movements, or the ship itself… Mm. I don’t know.

    That said, this reminds me of the massively underrated Aces of the Galaxy, so I’ll at least look into it when it’s out.

  2. milligna says:

    Funny how nobody was pretending on-rails shooters were “pure” back then.

  3. BooleanBob says:

    For a brief window in 1997 Lylat Wars (to give it its real name, for shame Dominic) was the best game I had ever played. I would constantly harass my Dad to take us to the big Sainsbury’s retail park so I could run to the Comet next door and play on the demo unit. I still think it holds up as a great game.

    • ulix says:

      Yeah, the game was great.

      I still fondly remember my dad and his friend joking about my 13-year-old self incessantly going on about the so called “Rumble Pack”.

      Let’s not forget: The game came bundled with this innovation, and was basically the first game with rumble.

      Another trend introduced by Nintendo during the N64 era that everyone followed.

      • April March says:

        To think that, if only things were slightly different, people might not even think that a controller that becomes annoying to hold when something happens in the game is a good thing that should exist.

  4. Urthman says:

    The Sin and Punishment games are the very best of this genre. The first one on the Nintendo 64 was also incredibly great.

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