Version-wise, Xbox Shikigami no Shiro 2 is closest to
the Dreamcast version with a Gallery Mode, Story
Recollect Mode, and a Practice Mode where any character
may be chosen for level forays that one has already
completed in the normal arcade mode. Upon starting the
game, three choices are available as follows:
MODE: The original coin-op Naomi code ported over to
the Xbox intact and near perfect. Choose this and one will be
able to further choose "Normal Game" or "Extreme Game" along
with the choice of original tunes or remix. The normal
game is a carbon copy of the arcade coin-op with
character interaction sequences that are shown before
boss meetings. The extreme game takes those little
cut-scenes out and plays through the entire game without
any backstory for a faster and fiercer experience. Seven characters are selectable - a few
familiar faces along with fresh blood.
GALLERY MODE: 60 pieces of artwork are arranged
neatly in rows. Thirteen of the images are immediately viewable
but the others require unlocking. Press the "A" button
to Zoom in and "B" to return to the main menu.
Select screen size or change from horizontal aspect to
vertical aspect if you're willing to flip your WEGA on
its side for true arcade perspective. Players may also
set game difficulty, assign buttons or turn Vibration
Options are not immediately available and they are:
PRACTICE MODE: Try out any level that you've already
completed in normal mode with any character.
RECOLLECT: Review the storyline of a character that
you've used to complete the game.
Players who have played through the original Shikigami
no Shiro will find a similar experience in SNS2.
Enemies fly onscreen and shoot diamond-shaped bullets
which one buzzes. The default buzz perimeter is fairly
spacious and a buzz is indicated by a sparkle at the
center of the character's being. Pressing "A" fires the
default weapon while "B" unleashes a bomb. Holding "A"
brings out a special weapon which one uses to destroy
enemies and garner a ton of coins which magically fly
towards your character... FULL Review may be viewed
under the shop listing for Shikigami no Shiro 2.