the PlayStation 4 exclusive 'Resogun' from developer Housemarque OY.
The most entertaining first-party game for the PlayStation 4 won't be available on store shelves.
The digital download Resogun, from Super Stardust HD creators Housemarque OY, is a colorful, exciting shooter reminiscent of the era of classic arcade titles.
Resogun is a two-dimensional, side-scrolling shooter bearing some similarities to the classic game Defender, as players navigate a ship and blast waves of enemies.
Levels are circular, wrapping around a giant city in the middle, with players zipping left and right to pick up stranded survivors of an alien invasion.
Resogun boasts twin-stick controls, so players will move their ship and fire at enemies with the left and right thumbsticks respectively. Although players can move all around a level, they're confined to shooting either to their left or right.
Players can get across sections quickly with a boost feature, as well as wield weapons including bombs and Overdrive, a powerful beam that zaps nearby enemies.
Resogun's vibrant visuals and fast-paced action combines to deliver a thrilling yet familiar experience. It's challenging enough to maneuver past waves of aliens converging on your position, but add to that prompts piping through on the PS4 controller's speaker that alert players to a human survivor in danger. There is a reward for acting quickly, as dropping humans off in special green pods nets a power-up such as a shield or upgraded weapon.
Along with leaderboards that allow players to fight for the best score, players can work together in a cooperative game mode.
Resogun is a great addition to the PS4 library, especially at $15 (or free if you subscribe to PlayStation Plus). It's a must-have for any early PS4 owner.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Housemarque OY
Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Rating: E10+ for Everyone 10 and up
Release Date: November 15
Score: 88/100 (3.5 out of 4 on the USA Today scale)
- by Brett Molina, USA Today