Also available on Xbox 360
I ordered this game on a whim after seeing a couple of guys on the Racketboy forums mention what a good (and, apparently, increasingly hard to find) game it is, and as usual with recommendations from Racketboy members, I was not disappointed. At all. In fact, I was giggling like a lunatic for most of the game because of how damn AWESOME and fluid the gameplay is. Seriously, why has Platinum not announced a sequel yet?!?
Anyway, for those unfamiliar with the game (as I was not long ago), it's a third person cover based shooter developed by Platinum and published by Sega. That alone should tell you that it's going to be good, and it is. It plays a lot like how I would imagine it if it Mass Effect and Bayonetta had a baby. It is DRIPPING with style and caricatures the trope of the "gruff space marine" beautifully. It also gets one thing very, very right - enemies.
In my world, a game is automatically at least "okay" if its enemies fit into at LEAST one of the following categories - Russian, communists, Nazis, robots, or aliens. You spend the whole game fighting Russian robots (who may or may not be communists; they use symbolism alluding to both the Soviet Union and the czars, which are contradictory, so it's hard to tell). And most of the robots are painted red. It's just so damn good.
The game's gimmick is your ability to "boost" in your special super space marine suit. Basically you lie down and shoot shit as you rocket across the floor with foot mounted jet engines. Oh, and you can slow down time (SUPER helpful for getting rocket locks on bosses btw). I played on the default "Normal" difficulty, and it's too bad save for a couple of frustrating boss fights (I always hate bosses that have an instagib attack). People who (unlike me) are good at video games should probably play on Hard if you want any challenge, but even just tearing through enemies feels so damn good.
The plot is basically a block of cheese, but it's like well aged cheddar accompanied with a mustard dip; it's just so damn good. Or am I the only person who dips cheese in mustard as a snack? Anyway, go buy this game.
My Rating - 4 Neps
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And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach high school history; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.