When the PlayStation 4 was announced some of the top features of PlayStation Plus, which is Sony's online service for multiplayer gaming, they told the fans that ‘Driveclub’ would be a free title for anyone with the service. Sadly in October of 2013, just a month before the PS4 was set to come out, Sony announced that Driveclub would be delayed until 2014. They decided that the first free PS4 title would be ‘Resogun’ which definitely disappointed many people; however, it turned out to be a beautiful, gameplay-driven game.
Resogun is side-scrolling title which attempts and succeeds at reigniting a dying breed of games like another wildly popular side-scrolling Sony game, LittleBigPlanet. Both games are simple which is a nice change of pace; however, Resogun requires great skill to become a true master of the game.
Tens of hundreds of enemies can attack at any given moment. Quick reflexes and fast decision making is key to being successful in Resogun. Thankfully, the developers of the Sony-exclusive title provide a few different tools to help players manage the insanity.
Before I begin talking about the different abilities of each ship, players have to decide what kind of ship they want to fly around with. There are three different ships: Nemesis, Phobos, and Ferox. Each one has its pros and cons. Nemesis can boost for a long time, but its guns aren’t the strongest. Phobos has strong guns and overdrive, but it’s very slow. Lastly, there is Ferox which is balanced in all categories. Players have to decide which ship fits their style of play the best.
The first and possibly most important element of each ship is the boost ability. Being able to escape sticky situations is crucial in Resogun. What’s better than being able to zip out of a tough spot? Being able to destroy everyone with the push of a button. Each ship is equipped with two bombs which will fairly quickly destroy all enemies on the screen. The final ability is the overdrive which fires a blast for a short period of time which obliterates anyone in its path. Players must choose how to balance these abilities based on which ship they use and how quickly they can maneuver their way out of danger.
So what’s the end goal of Resogun? Enemies of some kind are abducting green jelly-like humans and players must defeat them so the humans can be saved. The plot is completely irrelevant as there is no plot. There are three phases in each of the five missions plus a boss at the end of each level which also has three phases. The goal is to complete each mission by defeating all of the enemies, but the humans don’t necessarily have to be saved. It certainly helps as they provide bonuses such as extra lives and bombs. The game isn’t very long at all but considering it’s free-to-play, players can’t complain.
Resogun doesn’t last very long, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be replayed. What could be more fun than being thrown in to mass chaos where hundreds of enemies are chasing you down? Although it was disappointing that Driveclub didn’t come out on time, Resogun has delivered a graphically advanced game with non-stop action and smooth, gritty gameplay.