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Review: Resogun
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:15:00 PM »

Developer: Housemarque
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Price: $14.99 (Free with PS Plus)

   Housemarque is no stranger to the PlayStation family line of products. The Finnish born developer has provided numerous franchises to Sony's consoles over the past ten years, including Dead Nation and the excellent Super Stardust series of games. So the announcement of an arcade style shoot 'em up in the vein of classics like Defender certainly generated a considerable amount of buzz among gamers in the industry. Following up that announcement with the news that their new title, Resogun, would not only be a PlayStation 4 launch title, but also free to all PlayStaion Plus subscribers help cement their place as a premier independent developer.

        Resogun is, at it's core, a tribute to such classic arcade games mixed up in a modern package. The player controls one of three ships of their chosing through five cylinder shaped levels with the goal of destroying all enemies within their path while trying to rescue captured humans. A small but extensive arsenal of weapons aids the player in this endeavor. Each of the three selectable ships has their own standard attack, fired using the right analog stick in the direction of their choice. Which can be upgraded over the course of gameplay by collecting an on screen power up. In addition to this, the ships come with a limited set of bombs that can wipe the screen clear of enemies. As well as a powerful Overdrive attack that must be charged and can reach across the cylindrical playing field and do devastating damage.

       Rescuing humans on the playing field by defeating their alien abductees allows the player to pick up the humans and drop them off at a safe point. While it's not mandatory to rescue each of the nine trapped humans on a given stage, each rescued human is worth a number of bonus points. As well as providing upgrades, temporary shields, and a valuable means of potentially restoring the number of limited bombs the player has. A strict comboing system ties into this, as every enemy shot down and every human rescued adds to the combo multiplayer at the top of the screen. Players have to be quick and make extensive use of boost however. Failure to shoot down any enemies or rescue any humans for a few seconds will see their combo multiplayer score disappear in a puff of smoke, potentially ruining their chances of topping the leaderboards.
       Resogun is as visually appealing as it is fun to play. From the moment you make it to title screen, it's voxels, 3D pixel based graphics, jump straight out at you. Every enemy explodes into a glorious bunch of cubes when defeated, and victory over a boss grants the player with massive screen wide destruction of the level into voxel based goodness. A consistent 60 frames per second ensures the action always looks smooth even when an impressive amount of enemies or special effects are displayed on screen, and the game runs at a native 1080p ensuring it'll look good on even the most high end of displays. Remote play support through the PlayStation Vita is available to those own one, and works near flawlessly.

       For all of it's tight gameplay and fantastic visuals, Resogun is a bit lacking in the gameplay options settings. A standard single player mode allowing you to tackle all five levels in one go or select any level you've previously completed. Players can also grab a friend or find one over the PlayStation Network and tackle each or any of the five levels with a friend. Disappointingly, if understandable given the game's status as a launch title for the PS4, no option exists to tackle these levels with a friend locally in real life.
      Don't let the lack of gameplay modes deter you from enjoying this title, however. Resogun is an absolutely fantastic shoot 'em up in the vein of Defender and other arcade classes in a modern package, and one of the finest titles available currently for the PlayStation 4. The fact that the title is free to all PlayStation Plus subscribers, and the fact that every PlayStation 4 currently comes with a free month of the aforementioned service, means nobody should hesitate to download this wonderful gem.


 The Good:
 +Impressive looking voxel based graphics.
 +Tight arcade experience with a Defender-esque gameplay.
 +Fantastic Online Co-op.
 +It's free!

 The Bad:
 -Strict scoring system is punishing to beginners.
 -Not much in the way of extra gameplay modes.
 -No local co-op.

Rating: Four out of Five
« Last Edit: April 14, 2014, 11:58:23 AM by Sophia »

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