History VideoGame / BorderDown

28th Nov '15 10:22:11 PM nombretomado
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[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BorderDownLECover_3262.jpg]]''Border Down'' is a horizontally scrolling ShootEmUp arcade game released by [=G.rev=] in 2003, and then later ported to the SegaDreamcast [[NoExportForYou in Japan]].

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[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BorderDownLECover_3262.jpg]]''Border Down'' is a horizontally scrolling ShootEmUp arcade game released by [=G.rev=] in 2003, and then later ported to the SegaDreamcast UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast [[NoExportForYou in Japan]].
4th Apr '15 4:51:06 PM tenryufan
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* NoExportForYou: Only released in Japan. The game should work on an American Dreamcast and the menus are in English.
6th Jul '14 7:40:50 PM ReiKusanagi
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** Let it hit -30, and it's game over, playing the trope straight.
22nd Jun '14 7:50:31 PM Luigifan
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In the future, humans have colonized Mars for three centuries and are near completion of its terra-formation. Other than political friction with Earth, it is considered humanity's Golden Age. One day, contact with the Vesta asteroid mine was lost. The asteroid had been taken over by a hostile alien force that would be become known as "First Approach" (F.A). The F.A began causing terrible destruction and then suddenly vanish before anything can be done to stop them. In order to combat this threat the Solar system Defense Force ([=SDF=]) was established. However, irregular electromagnetic waves from The Seed, F.A's power source, will cause the [=SDF=]'s unmanned fighters to malfunction. In response, the [=SDF=] adapted the Remote Artificial Intelligence Network to allow remote control of the their newly developed space fighter, Antares.

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In the future, humans have colonized Mars for three centuries and are near completion of its terra-formation. Other than political friction with Earth, it is considered humanity's Golden Age. One day, contact with the Vesta asteroid mine was lost. The asteroid had been taken over by a hostile alien force that would be become known as "First Approach" (F.A). The F.A began causing terrible destruction and then suddenly vanish before anything can be done to stop them. In order to combat this threat the Solar system Defense Force ([=SDF=]) was established. However, irregular electromagnetic waves from The Seed, F.A's power source, will cause the [=SDF=]'s unmanned fighters to malfunction. In response, the [=SDF=] adapted the Remote Artificial Intelligence Network to allow remote control of the their newly developed space fighter, Antares.



* BeamOWar: When an enemy fires a laser similar to your Break Laser, a large ball of energy is created that takes up a large portion of the screen. Small enemies and enemy shots are destroyed. Large enemies and bosses will take more damage compared to the Break Laser alone but only if the energy ball is toughing them.

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* BeamOWar: When an enemy fires a laser similar to your Break Laser, a large ball of energy is created that takes up a large portion of the screen. Small enemies and enemy shots are destroyed. Large enemies and bosses will take more damage compared to the Break Laser alone alone, but only if the energy ball is toughing touching them.



* DownerEnding: The only difference between the 6-D ending and the level 6 Nonstandard Game Over is [[spoiler:Frank's brain got fried by the [=RAIN=] system and left in a vegetative state. 6-C is a ''[[BittersweetEnding little]]'' more hopeful; Frank's at least somewhat back in a properly conscious state, although the immediate terraforming is emphatically ''not'' going to work out. Also, it seems Frank's willing to give [=RAIN=] another go. Considering that he successfully wiped out the Earth conspirators' own version of Antares, ''and'' he has a better grip of what [=RAIN=] does...Question is whether the conspirators can still control [=RAIN=]'s output.]].

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* DownerEnding: The only difference between the 6-D ending and the level 6 Nonstandard Game Over is [[spoiler:Frank's brain got fried by the [=RAIN=] system and left in a vegetative state. 6-C is a ''[[BittersweetEnding little]]'' more hopeful; Frank's at least somewhat back in a properly conscious state, although the immediate terraforming is emphatically ''not'' going to work out. Also, it seems Frank's willing to give [=RAIN=] another go. Considering that he successfully wiped out the Earth conspirators' own version of Antares, ''and'' he has a better grip of what [=RAIN=] does...Question the question is whether the conspirators can still control [=RAIN=]'s output.]].]]



* [[spoiler: GovernmentConspiracy: The First Approach were actually a fiction of the Earth officials behind the creation of [=SDF=]. [=SDF=] and [=RAIN=] were all just a ploy to (a) rip up Mars and force it back under Earth's rule...with Frank himself as a [[UnwittingPawn convenient fall guy]] for the disaster...and (b) design the ultimate battle machine--Red Wasps, the heavily armored versions of the Antares fighters that act as the 6-C and 6-D bosses. Even worse, ''everything'' but 6-C/D was a simulacrum fed to Frank to force him to ruin the space elevator...]]
* {{Hallucinations}}:The bosses for level 3 & second half of the level 5 boss. All of level 6, depending on how many Stage Norm clears you got and how much time is spent playing in the three Borders.

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* [[spoiler: GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:GovernmentConspiracy: The First Approach were actually a fiction of the Earth officials behind the creation of [=SDF=]. [=SDF=] and [=RAIN=] were all just a ploy to (a) rip up Mars and force it back under Earth's rule...with Frank himself as a [[UnwittingPawn convenient fall guy]] for the disaster... and (b) design the ultimate battle machine--Red machine -- Red Wasps, the heavily armored versions of the Antares fighters that act as the 6-C and 6-D bosses. Even worse, ''everything'' but 6-C/D was a simulacrum fed to Frank to force him to ruin the space elevator...]]
* {{Hallucinations}}:The {{Hallucinations}}: The bosses for level 3 & second half of the level 5 boss. All of level 6, depending on how many Stage Norm clears you got and how much time is spent playing in the three Borders.



* [[spoiler: NiceJobBreakingItHero: In level 5, the mission is to disable the elevator core just enough to prevent the [=SEED=] from activating, but not to the point that it will explode. This is accomplished after the fifth boss's first two phases. Unfortunately, phase three is Frank ''hallucinating that it isn't defeated after all''...]]

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* [[spoiler: NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: In level 5, the mission is to disable the elevator core just enough to prevent the [=SEED=] from activating, but not to the point that it will explode. This is accomplished after the fifth boss's first two phases. Unfortunately, phase three is Frank ''hallucinating that it isn't defeated after all''...]]



* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The [=RAIN=] system. The fact that piloting three space fighters with three separate missions via a remote control neural link overloading Frank's brain might have something to do with it. [[spoiler: Except for the battles in 6-C and 6-D, ''everything'' Frank experienced--hallucinatory experiences included--was custom-made by the Earth conspirators to manipulate him into doing their dirty work for them... They WANTED him to break. That way, he could easily be disposed of, and/or unable to mount a proper defense against being blamed for the space elevator disaster. [[BittersweetEnding But if 6-C is anything to go by...]]]]

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The [=RAIN=] system. The fact that piloting three space fighters with three separate missions via a remote control neural link overloading Frank's brain might have something to do with it. [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except for the battles in 6-C and 6-D, ''everything'' Frank experienced--hallucinatory experienced -- hallucinatory experiences included--was included -- was custom-made by the Earth conspirators to manipulate him into doing their dirty work for them... They WANTED him to break. That way, he could easily be disposed of, and/or unable to mount a proper defense against being blamed for the space elevator disaster. [[BittersweetEnding But if 6-C is anything to go by...]]]]
21st Sep '13 6:29:10 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* NintendoHard: The game itself is hard. It seems impossible at first because you can only play sections of a level in Practice Mode that you've reached in Arcade or Remix mode, continues unlock over time, and ''you don't start with any.''

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* NintendoHard: NintendoHard:
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The game itself is hard. It seems impossible at first because you can only play sections of a level in Practice Mode that you've reached in Arcade or Remix mode, continues unlock over time, and ''you don't start with any.''



* PressStartToGameOver: If you start the game on Border Red, it is possible to end the game near-immediately by taking a hit by one of the first enemies. Considering that the game is very NintendoHard on Red, this is very, very much possible.



* UnstableEquilibrium: Score high and avoid dying and you'll be allowed to stay on the Green and Yellow borders, where the score quota to be able to go up a Border is lower. Play poorly, and you'll get stuck on the hardest border, Red, where enemies are fiercer, you need an exceptionally high amount of points to go up one Border, and the next hit means a GameOver.

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* UnstableEquilibrium: Score high and avoid dying and you'll be allowed to stay on the Green and Yellow borders, where the score quota to be able to go up a Border is lower. Play poorly, poorly and die, and you'll get stuck on the hardest border, Red, where enemies are fiercer, you need an exceptionally high amount of points to go up one Border, and the next hit means a GameOver.
21st Sep '13 6:26:17 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* UnstableEquilibrium: Score high and avoid dying and you'll be allowed to stay on the Green and Yellow borders, where the score quota to be able to go up a Border is lower. Play poorly, and you'll get stuck on the hardest border, Red, where enemies are fiercer, you need an exceptionally high amount of points to go up one Border, and the next hit means a GameOver.
4th Dec '12 1:37:19 PM xxxEbbxxx
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The first three levels are virtual combat simulations to let Frank Boyd, the pilot, get acclimated to using the [=RAIN=] system to pilot three Antares fighters at the same time. Frank's training is interrupted by an F.A, codenamed "Isis," hijacking the battleship Osiris inside a colony. This turns out to be a diversion to allow the F.A time to take over the Ziggurat Space Elevator, topple it, and destroy the Martian capital of Sheffield. Frank assumes control of three fighters left at the city and disables the core of the elevator. Then, things get worse.

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The first three levels are virtual combat simulations to let Frank Boyd, the pilot, get acclimated to using the [=RAIN=] system to pilot three Antares fighters at the same time. Frank's training is interrupted by an F.A, codenamed "Isis," hijacking the battleship Osiris inside a colony. This turns out to be a diversion to allow the F.A time to take over the Ziggurat Space Elevator, topple it, and destroy the Martian capital of Sheffield. Frank assumes control of three fighters left at the city and disables the core of the elevator. Then, [[FromBadToWorse things get worse.worse]].
2nd Oct '12 7:04:20 PM Prfnoff
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Successor to ''Metal Black'', a ShootEmUp by Taito. Hiroyuki Maruyama, the president of [=G.rev=], started the company and did subcontracting work for {{Treasure}} and Taito to generate revenue [[DoingItForTheArt just to make this game]]. Why? He just really liked ''Metal Black''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Successor to ''Metal Black'', a ShootEmUp by Taito.''VideoGame/MetalBlack''. Hiroyuki Maruyama, the president of [=G.rev=], started the company and did subcontracting work for {{Treasure}} Creator/{{Treasure}} and Taito Creator/{{Taito}} to generate revenue [[DoingItForTheArt just to make this game]]. Why? He just really liked ''Metal Black''.
28th Sep '12 8:16:01 PM TVRulezAgain
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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The [=RAIN=] system. The fact that piloting three space fighters with three separate missions via a remote control neural link overloading Frank's brain might have something to do with it.
** [[spoiler: Not to mention that except for the battles in 6-C and 6-D, ''everything'' Frank experienced--hallucinatory experiences included--was custom-made by the Earth conspirators to manipulate him into doing their dirty work for them...[[CompleteMonster They WANTED him to break.]] That way, he could easily be disposed of, and/or unable to mount a proper defense against being blamed for the space elevator disaster. [[BittersweetEnding But if 6-C is anything to go by...]]]]

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The [=RAIN=] system. The fact that piloting three space fighters with three separate missions via a remote control neural link overloading Frank's brain might have something to do with it.
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it. [[spoiler: Not to mention that except Except for the battles in 6-C and 6-D, ''everything'' Frank experienced--hallucinatory experiences included--was custom-made by the Earth conspirators to manipulate him into doing their dirty work for them...[[CompleteMonster them... They WANTED him to break.]] break. That way, he could easily be disposed of, and/or unable to mount a proper defense against being blamed for the space elevator disaster. [[BittersweetEnding But if 6-C is anything to go by...]]]]
1st Feb '12 9:07:37 PM Skyknight
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In the future, humans have colonized Mars for three centuries and are near completion of its terra-formation. Other than political friction with Earth, it is considered humanity's Golden Age. One day, contact with the Vesta asteroid mine was lost. The asteroid had been taken over by a hostile alien force that would be become known as "First Approach" (F.A). The F.A began causing terrible destruction and then suddenly vanish before anything can be done to stop them. In order to combat this threat the Solar system Defense Force ([=SDF=]) was established. However, irregular electromagnetic waves from The Seed, F.A's power source, will cause the [=SDF=]'s unmanned fighters to malfunction. In response, the [=SDF=] adapted the Remote Artificial Intelligence Network to allow remote control of the their newly developed space fighter, Red Wasp.

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In the future, humans have colonized Mars for three centuries and are near completion of its terra-formation. Other than political friction with Earth, it is considered humanity's Golden Age. One day, contact with the Vesta asteroid mine was lost. The asteroid had been taken over by a hostile alien force that would be become known as "First Approach" (F.A). The F.A began causing terrible destruction and then suddenly vanish before anything can be done to stop them. In order to combat this threat the Solar system Defense Force ([=SDF=]) was established. However, irregular electromagnetic waves from The Seed, F.A's power source, will cause the [=SDF=]'s unmanned fighters to malfunction. In response, the [=SDF=] adapted the Remote Artificial Intelligence Network to allow remote control of the their newly developed space fighter, Red Wasp.
Antares.



* DownerEnding: The only difference between the 6-D ending and the level 6 Nonstandard Game Over is [[spoiler:Frank's brain got fried by the [=RAIN=] system and left in a vegetative state. 6-C is a ''[[BittersweetEnding little]]'' more hopeful; Frank's at least somewhat back in a properly conscious state, although the immediate terraforming is emphatically ''not'' going to work out. Also, it seems Frank's willing to give [=RAIN=] another go. Considering that he successfully wiped out the Earth conspirators' own version of Red Wasp, ''and'' he has a better grip of what [=RAIN=] does...Question is whether the conspirators can still control [=RAIN=]'s output.]].

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* DownerEnding: The only difference between the 6-D ending and the level 6 Nonstandard Game Over is [[spoiler:Frank's brain got fried by the [=RAIN=] system and left in a vegetative state. 6-C is a ''[[BittersweetEnding little]]'' more hopeful; Frank's at least somewhat back in a properly conscious state, although the immediate terraforming is emphatically ''not'' going to work out. Also, it seems Frank's willing to give [=RAIN=] another go. Considering that he successfully wiped out the Earth conspirators' own version of Red Wasp, Antares, ''and'' he has a better grip of what [=RAIN=] does...Question is whether the conspirators can still control [=RAIN=]'s output.]].



* [[spoiler: GovernmentConspiracy: The First Approach were actually a fiction of the Earth officials behind the creation of [=SDF=]. [=SDF=] and [=RAIN=] were all just a ploy to (a) rip up Mars and force it back under Earth's rule...with Frank himself as a [[UnwittingPawn convenient fall guy]] for the disaster...and (b) design the ultimate battle machine, that being the heavily armored versions of Red Wasp that act as the 6-C and 6-D bosses. Even worse, ''everything'' but 6-C/D was a simulacrum fed to Frank to force him to ruin the space elevator...]]

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* [[spoiler: GovernmentConspiracy: The First Approach were actually a fiction of the Earth officials behind the creation of [=SDF=]. [=SDF=] and [=RAIN=] were all just a ploy to (a) rip up Mars and force it back under Earth's rule...with Frank himself as a [[UnwittingPawn convenient fall guy]] for the disaster...and (b) design the ultimate battle machine, that being machine--Red Wasps, the heavily armored versions of Red Wasp the Antares fighters that act as the 6-C and 6-D bosses. Even worse, ''everything'' but 6-C/D was a simulacrum fed to Frank to force him to ruin the space elevator...]]



Level 5 [[spoiler:shows the wreckage of the Red Wasp and some of the space elevator in orbit after [[ColonyDrop it fell onto the Martian surface]]]].\\

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Level 5 [[spoiler:shows the wreckage of the Red Wasp Antares and some of the space elevator in orbit after [[ColonyDrop it fell onto the Martian surface]]]].\\
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