Final Soldier (ファイナルソルジャー) is a scrolling shooter video game developed by Now Production and published by Hudson Soft for the Japanese PC Engine system on July 5 of 1991. It is the third entry in the main Star Soldier series. It was originally only released in Japan but has been released in Europe for the Wii's Virtual Console on May 2, 2008 and in North America on September 8, 2008 at a cost of 700 Wii Points. It was subsequently released for the Wii Virtual Console in Japan in 2014 and North America in 2017.
On Earth at the beginning of the 23rd century, a space time warp opens up over the Atlantic Ocean. From it comes an enormous invasion force analyzed to come from the early 25th century. As Earth is attacked by the alien war machines, it is revealed that the culprits are identified as the Gader'el, a race of large biomechanical creatures, who have the ability to freely manipulate space and time; after conquering the future Earth in the 25th century, the Gader'el decided to ensure their influence on mankind by traveling back in time to the 23rd century, conquering that time and then going further into Earth's past.
As the armed forces of every country on Earth combats the Gader'el, each scientific academy collaborates on making a weapon capable of destroying the Gader'el's strongest weapons. The result is the Dryad, a single-fighter spaceship capable of wielding several types of futuristic weapons. The Dryad's flight path and mission is to warp into the Future Zone in order to reach the Gader'el headquarters and destroy their leader.
This game features 7 stages to play as well as a 2-minute and 5 minute challenge mode. Unlike the other PC-Engine Star Soldier games, the player chooses at the beginning of the game the exact kind of weapon each color power-up grants.
Stages and Bosses Edit
|1||Future Zone||Doverg & Gaverg|
|6||Enemy Base Zone|
|Main entries||Star Soldier • Super Star Soldier • Final Soldier • Soldier Blade • Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth • Hudson Selection Vol. 2: Star Soldier • Star Soldier R|
|Spin-off entries||Starship Hector • Star Parodier • Star Soldier Vs. DoDonPachi Daioujou: Caravan '06|
|Other games||Star Force (Super Star Force • Final Star Force) • Blazing Lazers • Vertical Force • Caravan Shooting Collection • Hudson Best Collection Vol. 5: Shooting Collection • PC Engine Best Collection: Soldier Collection|
|Related||Hudson Soft • Hudson All-Japan Caravan Festival|