Otomedius Gorgeous is the Xbox 360 port of Otomedius Arcade, a side scrolling shooter by Konami which featured personification of space fighters from various Konami games like Gradius, Xexex, Salamander and Parodius. The name is a pun, being a portmanteau of the terms "otome" (meaning "maiden" in Japanese) and "Gradius".It was released for the Japanese Xbox 360 in November 20, 2008.
The legend of the combat aircraft has become a myth...
In 21st century Earth, the mysterious Bacterion visits Earth and continues the war.
She was given a Riding Viper named Vic Viper.
Millennia from the legend, new myth has begun.
Differences from the arcade version
- Gorgeous Mode, which brings classic Gradius gameplay by removing features implemented in Arcade Mode. In this mode, the playable stages are tackled in order, much like the earlier Gradius games.
- The Canadian Rockies stage (an ice-version replica of the volcano stage on the original Gradius) with Meta Lium and her Big Core DX-01 as boss. It is stage 3 on Gorgeous Mode.
- A gallery section containing various images of the characters.
- This version features surround sound. The arcade version has Stereo sound only.
Downloadable Content for this game includes:
- Moai stage with Yoshiko (from Parodius Da!) as boss, stage 4 on Gorgeous Mode. this area is marked with a red X if the player has not bought the stage DLC.
- Esmeralda and Poini Coon (resembling the Jade Knight and Falchion Beta from Gradius Gaiden, respectively) as extra playable characters.
- St. Gradius uniforms for most of the playable characters.
- Music packs containing songs (remixed by current and former Konami composers as well as other commisioned artists) from other Konami shooters that can be chosen to play instead of the default music pack.
Stages (Gorgeous Mode)
(NOTE: In the boss rush section of stage 7, the bosses are chosen randomly. The fourth and final boss is always Odin Core)
The graphics for the game are very colorful and detailed as in Gradius V. Penguins (a trademark of the Parodius series) are seen in the forground or background reminiscent of the Parodius series.
Depending on what mode you play, the game will vary graphically. In Gorgeous mode, the game is presented in widescreen format (16:9) and supports full HD resolution (1920x1080). The original version utilizes the arcade version's original display resolution of 4:3 with borders, although players can choose from a wide variety of graphics to use. The Vs. Mission Mode also uses this kind of setup.
In Gorgeous mode, the player tackles through the stages in order instead of choosing what stage to play. What makes it different aside from the aesthetics is that the screen-clearing "bombs" and the power capsule generating "point or align the targets with the analog stick/touchpad/touchscreen" are completely gone, providing classic Gradius gameplay. The game also forces the player to beat the game with 3 credits.
The way to get and upgrade weapons also differ depending on the game mode. In normal mode, they are automatically learned or upgraded from time to time. In Gorgeous Mode, the weapons are available in a shop that must be bought by in-game points.
In multiplayer mode, the player can play with up to two friends (for a total of three ships on the screen). It supports both online and LAN connectivity.
In Vs. Mission mode, players (up to a maximum of three) play a boss rush style game with bosses taken from earlier Gradius and Salamander games with their theme songs, although two of the bosses from Parodius Da! and Space Manbow (a horizontal shooting game unrelated to Gradius) are also available. The mode is played with Arcade version gameplay so screen-clearing "bombs" and the power capsule generating "point or align the targets with the analog stick/touchpad/touchscreen" can be used to easily defeat the bosses. The boss of this mode is the Zelos Force Fortune, a cluster of Zelos Forces. The boss rush segment of the Valhalla stage also uses bosses from this mode.
The following is a list of composers who have contributed and/or remixed tracks for the game.
- Motoaki Furukawa#
- Norikazu "Nories" Miura*
- Akira Yamaoka#
- Miki Higashino#
- Naoki Maeda
- Michiru Yamane
- Motoi Sakuraba*
- Norihiko Hibino
- Shinji Hosoe
- Izutani Takahiro
- Toda Takehiro
- Yuzo Koshiro*
- Kenichiro Fukui
- Kouda Masato
- Hideki Sawa
- Takahiro Izutani
- Atsushi Fujio (under alias of すけのみや藤尾)
- Quad (luvtrax)*
- Kentaroh Uramachi (under alias of Uraken)*
- naya~n* (composed standard music tracks)
- Kashiwagi Ruzarin* (composed standard music tracks)
# Former or inactive Konami composer
*Non-Konami (commissioned) composer
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|Gradius Video Games|
|Gradius series||Gradius • Gradius II • Gradius III • Gradius Gaiden • Gradius IV • Gradius Galaxies • Gradius V • Gradius ReBirth • Gradius: The Interstellar Assault • Gradius NEO • Gradius NEO Imperial|
|Spin-offs||Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2 • Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3 • Nemesis (Game Boy) • Cosmic Wars • Solar Assault|
|Parody games||Parodius • Parodius Da! • Gokujō Parodius! • Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius • Sexy Parodius • Paro Wars • Otomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius X: Excellent!|
|Other games||Scramble • Thunder Cross • Thunder Cross II • Space Manbow • Force Gear|
|Pachislot||Gradius: The Slot • CR Parodius Da! EX • Gokuraku Parodius|
|Cancelled||Vic Viper • Gradius Arc • Salamander HD Remaster|