People, it is National Boss Day, so let’s celebrate the ideal bosses there are! That is suitable, let’s appreciate video game bosses! I entirely planned on placing this up right now and wasn’t writing about this about the very same time by sheer coincidence!
Usually, the way boss battles operate in games is that the boss just hides out in a space, waiting for the player to stroll suitable in. But wait, why need to the boss keep in that space? They’re stronger than the player character, suitable? Why wait about for the hero to show up in their space that for some explanation includes issues that expose their weakpoint? Wouldn’t it be greater to catch them off-guard although the hero’s fighting their flunkies?
Properly, Kill the Superweapon explores specifically that!
In Kill the Superweapon, by Tales of the Renegade Sector/Alec Stamos, you play as saboteur Samantha Kill, who’s on a mission to undermine war profiteer Abaddon Inc. The weapons manufacturer is generating Superweapons, which are engineered super soldiers that will be sold off to several sides in future wars. Samantha’s going out to Abaddon’s bases to hunt down the Superweapons – but it speedily becomes apparent that the Superweapons will hunt her down as an alternative.
Sounds genuine critical, but the game feels goofy and lighthearted. I imply, your primary character is named Samantha Kill. That guidelines. The superweapons are all somewhat goofy, from the lady that skates on all fours although firing weapons at you to the Actual Lizardman. Combined with the characters, the vibrant and colorful visuals and the upbeat music, Kill the Superweapon comes off as a good Saturday morning cartoon.
The game is a 3D twin-stick shooter that tries to take benefit of its verticality with platforming components. I’m of two minds about this. On one particular hand, it permits for extra inventive level style, with platforming thrown into what would in all probability just be a regular best-down shooter in other situations. On the other hand although, I usually had problems judging depth, which had me messing up jumps and misjudging the elevation of enemies and shots. The explanation for this is that the game presents itself as a diorama that you are searching into, which is good visually, but it also limits your view to front angles.
Following the tutorial level, you are thrown into the planet map. There are 4 superweapons to fight, with you taking on the CEOs just after clearing them. Of these Superweapons, Medatsu the Mystic and Roller Derby had been my favorites due to the fact their stages has theming that I want the other stages embraced. Medatsu, becoming a flying witch, has their stage searching like a castle, with exceptional robed enemies that astral project bullet versions of themselves. The latter’s stage in the meantime has a lot of sloped geometry, which provides off the vibe of a skate park.
When the level begins, you are granted an immunity period exactly where the Superweapon is nonetheless activating it is kinda like the seeker counting down for hide-and-seek. As quickly as the bar at the bottom is complete, the Superweapon frees themself and begins chasing you down. The Superweapon chases you space to space with a exceptional arsenal of weapons and although it appears effortless to get away, rooms with lots of enemies or platforming will slow you down adequate for them to catch up. The Superweapon is invincible, so shooting it adequate will only stun it lengthy adequate to give you some distance.
To truly hurt these issues, you have to fire your specific gun at them! Oh, you will need specific batteries to truly fire it? Ah. So, although the newest crime against humanity hunts you down like Mr. X, you are scrambling about the level to obtain batteries to fight back. Following acquiring a battery charge, you have to stick about in a space lengthy adequate with the Superweapon for the weapon to lock on.
I truly enjoyed this complete gameplay notion. It is legitimately nervewracking to gradually platform across a space, only to have the boss bursting in to ruin your day. I liked all the bosses – except the lizard man. He tries to rush you down and due to the fact of his significant hitbox, I typically ended up acquiring hit twice – thrice if he instantly does a tail swiping attack afterward. Everyone else is cool although, and I respect them in spite of becoming walking war crimes.
Kill the Superweapon culminates in one particular of the most satisfying boss rushes I’ve ever played in a game. And by boss rush, I imply “every boss in the game tries to rush you down.” In this climactic moment, you have to grab batteries and operate a machine that produces extra as everyone comes just after you. And yes, several bosses can and will exist in the very same space – and you can also hit several bosses with one particular battery charge, which is truly satisfying but risky to do.
I did run into a handful of softlocks in my time playing. Like, toward the finish of that video I posted, the game didn’t transition me to the subsequent space and Samantha Kill was sent hurtling via the void. I also ran into this other situation exactly where I backed out of a space although the boss was nonetheless exploding, which ended up maintaining them alive in an unkillable state. The levels are fast to play via although, so it is not also major of a setback.
For extra nitpicky stuff, I kinda want that batteries you identified but didn’t choose up had been marked down on the map. As somebody that forgets issues in the heat of the moment, I feel it’d be a good excellent of life point. And also, I do not know if it is a outcome of me playing in fullscreen, but the text the characters say is just also modest.
All round, in spite of obtaining troubles with the 3D space, Kill the Superweapon is a exciting exploration of a neat gameplay notion. For National Boss Day, celebrate the bosses that matter in your life and let them chase you about a investigation complicated.