PixelJunk Shooter Review
Shooter is an interesting physics puzzle game wrapped in a classic and welcoming 2D shooter shell, making it one of the best downloadable titles to hit PSN in several months.
Don’t be mistaken though. There’s still plenty of shooting to be had here and each episode ends with a traditional boss fight that will scratch that old-school arcade itch. Unfortunately though, the shooter side of the game sees little in the way of upgrades and new weaponry aside from the ability to spray water and lava which will be a bit of a letdown for the more action-oriented gamers.
The downside to this simplicity and ease of play is that as the game adds new mechanics and the player delves deeper into the campaign, the game doesn’t really ever get more difficult. Peaking sometime during the game’s 2nd episode, you’ll find yourself looking for more of a challenge in the game’s later level. This is especially evident during the final boss fight. You may die a lot (I certainly did) and it may take you a few minutes to finish him off but after a minute or two, you’ll have the pattern and the puzzle figured out which is unfortunate given the game’s interesting mechanics and what they could have done with all of the different suits and fluids utilized throughout the rest of the game.
The game includes a two-player mode that simply adds a second player to the mix without really bringing anything else new to the table. This can be entertaining during your first time through the game as both players can explore the environments and work on the puzzles together, but there’s little reason to go through the same levels with two players after beating the game, which will run about 4 hours on an initial and minimal playthrough. Multiplayer is a nice addition but not something that should be too heavily considered when pondering a purchase.
In the end, PixelJunk Shooter is an entertaining and laid back game that doesn’t overstay its welcome, strays away from the monotony that 2D shooters can be prone to, and gives us an experience unlike anything else on the PS3. The striking visual seem to go to waste in the later levels,the number of gameplay mechanics grows as the game goes on but unfortunately, the difficulty does not, and the multiplayer isn’t fleshed out enough to justify a playthrough but PIxeljunk Shooter makes up for all of this in the inventiveness of its puzzles and the depth of its exploration and collectability. Aside from its flaws, PixelJunk Shooters’ low price point and downloadability give the average gamer very little reason not to pick up this game.
Our ratings for PixelJunk Shooter on PlayStation 3 out of 100 (Ratings FAQ)
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