One of the best games on the 360.
Some quick tips:
Use an arcade stick. You only need 3 buttons to play it properly - Act(new), Main, Sub. But it might be useful to set a 4th button as Barrage (Main+Sub).
If you've ever played Virtual On, it plays kind of like that. Dash around, attack while dashing to auto-target opponent, dash-cancel, dash multiple times in quick succession, get close to opponents to melee, etc.
Special moves can be performed with directional inputs + Barrage(Main+Sub). Each special move consumes a section of the charge gauge. Directional inputs are mostly full-circle, half circle, left-right, left-left, left-left-right, right-left-left, etc.
You can turn into a shoot'em up-style boss by hitting Act+Main+Sub. Turning into a boss when all of your armor is gone activates Final BOSS mode, which is stronger than the normal one. During a Normal BOSS mode, any armor that your boss has remaining gets added to your main armor, but only if remaining boss armor is higher than main armor. Amount of armor boss starts with depends on how full the charge gauge is (higher is better).
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