I’ve never played Air Fortress, which I suppose is something I should rectify one of these days. I even dated a girl long ago who swore it was a totally great game, but I just never quite felt compelled to give it a look. Maybe the problem was that I couldn’t see past the visuals, which make it look like a squatty, clumsy, big-headed shooter. But no, apparently it hews pretty closely to Metroid. And if that’s good enough for Section-Z, I don’t know why it can’t be good enough for this one! Besides the fact that it came out three years after those other two games and therefore ought to be held to a higher standard, I mean.
Anyway, Ben sells it a lot better than I do, so you should probably just check out what he has to say.