Here’s a gameplay demo of the new project from Ubisoft Montreal.
First it looks like a Person of interest videogame. Then it looks like a big-budget version of Gunpoint. And finally the protagonist gets a gun and it all devolves into yet another GTA clone. Brilliant.
Metro 2033 () is a game that by all accounts should not work. It’s rather crudely designed, most mechanics work, but just barely. But it makes up for it with an interesting setting, a good number of creative weapons (particularly the ones the pneumatic ones you have to pump manually as an additional reload mechanic), and an all-around good atmosphere. The sequel’s so far universally praised, but I’ll wait for a bit before getting it. If at all.
Renaissance Heroes () plays a lot like Quake 3! If Q3 only had variations on the machinegun, railgun and rocket launcher! And character traits! But you could only have one of each for the entire match! And really basic maps! And there’s levelling! And RPG elements! And bonus objectives! And no rocket jumping! And pay-to-win elements! Luckily, no Judeo-Christian Odin.
Admittedly, the characters and weapons look fittingly over the top, if somewhat cluttered and not particularly original. But since when does an arena shooter rely on its visual aesthetic? There’s one somewhat original game mode, too: touchdown. It’s sort of like a half of CtF, you have to make it to the other team’s base to score. It’s basic, but at least it has some semblance of originality. And I like how the goal area there expands and shrinks a little, not really affecting anything, but supposedly it’s involved with balancing. Right.
It’s an interesting contrast with Shootmania (): both attempt to streamline the experience, but one felt like a polished and endearing experience even in Beta, the other is a money-grabbing, visually cluttered mess that’s overcomplicated in all the wrong places. It still works, of course. It’s just pointless.
Speaking of arena shooters, I don’t think I’ve even seen a worthwhile one after UT3 (), and that wasn’t even very good. There was Warsow, but barely anyone played that last I checked, and it’s gone too far with making it even more of a bunnyhop marathon.