Reflection is good. It’s nice to look back on was has been and, remember the great achievements of times gone past. I’d like to think that’s why Game of the Year awards are so popular, not just so we can screech at each other about supposedly wrong opinions – something that’s sadly all to common in the world of video games. We’ve admittedly left our Top Ten Games of 2013 list a little later than most but, we did so that we might better experience all of last years big titles, in the hopes we don’t leave any great experiences unrepresented. 2013 was a fantastic year that saw some truly staggering games hit as the last generation systems gave way to the next. Out ninth position is held by HouseMarque’s addictive Playstation 4 arcade shooter RESOGUN.
#9 RESOGUN – Playstation 4
Oh, Resogun how I love thee. No game last year scratched my inbuilt compulsive need to chase high scores quite like Resogun did. This Playstation 4 launch exclusive from talented developer Housemarque is a sort of spiritual successor to the teams previously released utterly terrific Playstation 3, PSP and, Vita Super Stardust games. At first glance the twin stick space shooters may look to be cut from the same vivid cloth but, dig a little deeper and it’s very apparent that Resogun is it’s own beast. Housemarque took every bit of expertise they have; combined it with every lesson they’ve learnt and, produced their finest work to to date. Resogun easily matches and, surpassess it’s spiritual predacessor being more entertaining, explosive and challenging.
This action packed adventure isn’t just a carbon copy of successful genre examples, it’s bravely strides out on it’s own implementing a host of new ideas whilst including plenty of popular conventions – each with it’s own little twist. It’s first noticeable deviation from the modern twin stick shooter formula is the inability to move completely freely, instead the action takes place on a what is effectively a 2D plane with movement constrained to the vertical and, horizontal axis. Instead of feeling restrictive though the choice sets a solid foundation which Resogun has intelligently built it’s addictive gameplay around.
It’s three playable ships are incredibly varied, each with their own diverse playstyle. Some are made for total offense, collecting power up’s equips one ship with homing attacks that simplify clearing swathes of the evil hive minds mechanical followers, whilst others favour a defensive approach, defending until their awesome overdrive ability obliterates entire screens of foes. There’s an approach for everyone. As if fighting enemies wasn’t enough Resogun also tasks players with saving surviving humans on each stage as they’re released from their cages – wait too long and, they’ll be killed. Focus solely on the humans though; leave enemies alive too long and, they’ll upgrade into more powerful versions of themselves. Skillful management is the name of the game – succeed and, you’ll feel like a total badass.
Resogun has substance and, even better it’s smothered in a delicious layer of brightly lit retro style. Playing is like controlling the worlds brightest; most explosive joint laser and fireworks show. Lasers zip with neon intensity, fireballs burn with an enchanting glow and, enemy electrics crackle sharply. Ships crumble into tron like digital blocks before they explode filling screen with pixellated debis. Boost through hordes of victims and, neon digital flames engulf the arena like exploding catherine wheels. It’s one of the most visually intense games I’ve ever played and, it’s awesome dance music soundtrack enhances the mood to no end. It’s utterly captivating.
It may only be five stages long, each comprised of four segments concluding with a fiendishly difficult boss enemy but, Resogun’s replayability is through the roof. You’ll strive to top the leaderboards but, more importantly you’ll just want to play. Nothing pumps adrenaline around the brain through a combination of challenging enjoyable gameplay and, intense explosive visuals quite like Housemarque’s Resogun. An absolute must play for all Playstation 4 owners.