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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.

Story Edit

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.

Gameplay Edit

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

Note: Names in italics are unofficial.

Normal Game
Stage Name Mid-Boss Boss
1 Future Zone Tri Cannon Doverg & Gaverg
2 Desert Zone Rail Cannon Fire Tank
3 Ocean Zone Water Drones Combat Sub
4 Urban Zone Rafflesia Gorjanoi
5 Outer Zone Twin Drone Dual Arm
6 Enemy Base Zone Flying Mech Defense Bot
7 Forbidden Zone none Gader'el
Caravan Mode
EX Caravan Stage Doverg & Gaverg Gorjanoi

EnemiesEdit

Star Soldier series
Main entries Star SoldierSuper Star SoldierFinal SoldierSoldier BladeStar Soldier: Vanishing EarthHudson Selection Vol. 2: Star SoldierStar Soldier R
Spin-off entries Starship HectorBlazing LazersStar ParodierStar Soldier Mission ModeStar Soldier Vs. DoDonPachi Daioujou: Caravan '06
Other games Star Force (Super Star ForceFinal Star Force) • Vertical ForceCaravan Shooting CollectionHudson Best Collection Vol. 5: Shooting CollectionPC Engine Best Collection: Soldier Collection
Related Hudson SoftHudson All-Japan Caravan Festival
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