Resogun was one of the PlayStation 4’s launch titles and although it doesn’t look like much, you will be greeted by a whole host of action-packed and fun-filled moments. The game is a side-scrolling, shoot em‘ up in which you destroy oncoming enemies whilst dodging their attacks. Each enemy destroyed and the longer you survive, the more points you earn.
There are only five levels in the game with each increasing the number of enemies you come into contact with and delivering new enemy types into play. Each level can last anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on how well you play. Each level consists of three initial waves which then ends with a boss fight. Whilst Resogun can be played in single-player, you can either join or invite a friend to play in local or online co-op. This is where the fun really starts, especially on higher difficulties.
There are pre-made ships to choose from and each of these has different stats. Nemesis is quick but lacks any real power when it comes to firing, Phobos is the powerhouse and can destroy enemies quickly but it’s rather slow out of the gate, and Ferox is a mixture of the two. With the release of the Season Pass content, you can now create your own ships to play as you wish. The community has impressed me with the variety of ships they have created from public figures to pop culture references.
As you play power-ups will appear on-screen which you can pick up and use to your advantage as they increase various aspects of your ships stats.
Since my initial review, there have been a plethora of updates and additions to the base game. Most notably is the addition of extra game modes including Survival, Protector, Demolition, and Commando. There is now also the addition of challenges and feats which can be completed to gain CP to rank up your profile.
A recurring theme in most of the game modes is saving the humans. Saving the human is a limited time objective through each of your playthroughs, dependant on mode, and to initiate a rescue you have to destroy Keepers. When Keepers are spawned they are called out to you and these must be destroyed in a certain amount of time in order to free these humans. Hovering over these little guys picks them up and moving to two set locations in the level will rescue them and give you additional points.
I should note that the Heroes and Defenders packs can be downloaded for free via the PlayStation Store. Additional content from the Season Pass needs to be purchased.
The screen can get pretty hectic at times, especially when you have upgraded your weapons to maximum and both bullets and enemy pixels are flying across the screen That said, you are still able to focus on the point of the screen that really matters. The developers have done a great job at keeping enemies and friendlies recognizable despite the mayhem but with that being said it will take veterans of the game or genre to really master the mayhem on higher difficulties without breaking a sweat.
Don’ fret, there are aids within the game which will help you defeat the enemies. Overdrive is simply a large beam of light that destroys anything in your path for a limited amount of time and bombs can be initiated at any time, though the number is limited, and this creates two lines that shoot opposite directions and destroy everything that is currently spawned. Overdrive recharges as you defeat enemies and pick up small green orbs and bombs are collected as you play and save humans.
The game itself is remarkably colourful and eye-popping. From the visuals to the sounds – everything blends perfectly together.