Resogun PS4 Review: blood-pumping, retro-grade entertainment
- Posted November 28th, 2013 by Timothy Nunes
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Resogun is the perfect game for leaderboard enthusiasts, with simplistic gameplay and application that's challenging to master. Saving the last humans has never felt so invigorating.
- Engaging and simple gameplay
- Co-op play
- Vivacious visuals
- Low replay value
- Narrow maps
(continued from previous page) ...missiles, so the rewards are based on play rather than luck, leaving the relief of not having to work so hard for a few seconds so refreshing.
Of course, the lasting appeal of this game is set in one’s need for higher scores and co-op play. Rescuing humans bolsters your overall score, and eliminating enemies quickly to keep your multiplier high makes the difference can make the difference between tens of thousands of leaderboard ranks. Unlike Super Stardust, each kill increases the multiplier by small portions that add up to an accumulated amount--and a few seconds without enemy kills drops the multiplier back to 1x--so surviving as long as possible without dying yields the most points. That is easier said than done, because each difficulty puts a cap on how big the multiplier can get: Rookie difficulty tops out at 5x, Experienced at 10x, Veteran at 15x, and Master at 20x. Each difficulty has a different ranking leaderboard--and online cooperative difficulties have their own leaderboards, as well--so the appeal of bragging rights and leaderboard dominance is definitely there, but only certain types of gamers will really resonate with it.
Regardless of what difficulty you play on, you'll find great survival and multiplier benefit in the use of Boost, which allows you to fly through and destroy enemies, and Bombs, which clear a map in an instant. Apart from these abilities, and the Overdrive mega-weapon enabled by collecting particles from destroyed enemies, only the game's boss fights add significant variety. If you aren't a leaderboard chaser, these gameplay aspects alone don't encourage much replayability. Hopefully, like it did with Super Stardust, Housemarque will have downloadable content in the near future to add more game modes that break away from arcade repetition.
Put simply, Resogun is a must-download title, and its inclusion in the PS Plus Instant Game Collection makes it the perfect download for any new PS4 owner. The experience is vivacious and engaging even when topping the leaderboards isn’t your agenda. The retro influence is strong, and the experience that Housemarque has with the Super Stardust series makes this next-gen arcade outing a perfect retrofit. With only replayability really holding this compelling title back, the potential for a series is as great as the feeling of chaining your multiplier and saving the last humans.
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