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Impressive Resogun helps launch PS4
Nov 29, 2013
By Daniel Barron - G4 Canada
The building blocks of the Playstation launch title Resogun are the millions of tiny onscreen cubes known as "voxels," but as levels fracture and disintegrate around you and your score climbs ever higher, it's clear that there's much more to this masterpiece than meets the eye.
Developed by Housemarque, the creators behind Super Stardust HD, Resogun is a twin-stick shoot-em-up like its predecessor, but unlike so many games in this genre that allow you to aim in all directions, Resogun has players navigating five cylindrically-shaped levels, with weapons being fired left and right exclusively.
This may make Resogun sound like a dumbed-down version of games like Super Stardust HD and Geometry Wars, but that couldn't be further from the truth. While the content on offer here is somewhat lacking (five stages, three ships, five difficulty levels), there are still all sorts of challenges to complete, and like any good shoot-em-up, the race to the top of the worldwide leaderboards is something that should have most players coming back again and again.
If you've played any shoot-em-up in the last two decades, you know much of what to expect in Resogun - you have unlimited ammo, you have a few bombs that can clear the screen when you're in trouble, and you can acquire power-ups that make your primary weapon progressively stronger.
Where Resogun aims to set itself apart and add all kinds of strategy is by tasking players with saving 10 humans on each level. While doing so is completely optional, keeping the humans safe plays an important role in getting a high score. There's a reason each level begins with the words "SAVE THE LAST HUMANS" being spoken, and appearing in giant neon green text.
Each human is locked up in boxes on each level, and can only be unlocked in certain ways, whether by destroying a collection of glowing enemies, getting your multiplier up to a certain point, or shooting ships in a specific order.
That's only the beginning though. Once freed, you then have to navigate through swarms of enemies to get to the humans, and once they're attached to your ship, you then have to drop them off at one of two points on the map.
Saving humans extends your multiplier for a short amount of time, and can net you any number of bonuses, from extra lives, to additional bombs, to more points.
Besides that optional objective in each level, Resogun hits all the right buttons when you just want to shoot stuff. Levels are chalk full of enemies, and every stage culminates in a gigantic boss.
The great thing about Resogun is that it caters to both hardcore gamers who strive to play on the toughest difficulties and get the highest scores, as well as the more casual player who appreciates seeing all the cool stuff happening on screen.
And believe me, this game offers piles of eye candy. When you shoot down enemies, for instance, any buildings behind it while crumble into a pile of voxels; the larger the enemy, the more the destruction. The explosions and particle effects you'll witness after defeating a boss, meanwhile, are nothing short of spectacular, and serve to show off the power of the Playstation 4.
Speaking of which, players will be happy to hear that Resogun runs at a constantly-smooth 60 FPS at all times. In a shoot-em-up like this, the slightest lag or slowdown can mean catastrophe, but Resogun has no issues keeping up with all the bullets, boosting, and bursts of light and voxels appearing on screen.
Even better, the online co-op is spectacular. It's one thing to take on a stage full of enemy ships on your own, but strategizing with a friend is even more fun. It also adds a welcome level of challenge as you attempt to differentiate between friendly and enemy fire.
Housemarque seemed to think of everything a schmup fan would want, right down to customizable controls and a choice of screen layouts.
Resogun isn't just the best launch game for this generation of consoles, it's arguably one of the best launch games ever. Some players may pass it off as nothing more than a mindless shooter, but those who delve deeper will find a game that offers a ton of replayability.
Resogun is a hugely-impressive title, and one that somehow manages to be even more than the sum of its millions of parts.
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