I’m bbbbbaaaack! Finally have some time to blog about games (well not really should be doing more assignments stupid effing end of term crap!!) but I’ll continue anyway despite that. Let’s catch up the people who are not aware of my series of blogs and why I’m writing them (feel free to skip to the game stuff). So really my reasoning for writing these out of date blogs was a desire to have my own proper games of the year list. Because I am a broke ass uni student (well more reasonable with money let’s say) I don’t buy a full roster of current year games. Instead I buy last years games (or even earlier) because they are more affordable and still on my want to play list. So these blogs are presented simply in the order that I played these games in with no particular rating system (maybe I’ll do that later) just so I can talk about/vent about the games I played to people who probably played them before me and maybe want to hear my personal experience (yeah right). Anyways on to PixelJunk Shooter!!
So if you guys don’t mind me saying for my wacky “how did I come upon this game segment” of my blog please refer to the more detailed explanation in my PixelJunk Monsters blog (or not). Anyway before buying PixelJunk Monsters, Eden and Shooter during perhaps one of the only sweet PSN sale I’ve ever seen (wait maybe the flower developer sale was also decent) I played Monsters and was thouroughly disappointed. I didn’t hate the game I just was expecting more and thought hey maybe this small PSN game will unlock a want in me to buy more PSN games (prior to this purchase all I had gotten was DLC and BG&E HD). This didn’t happen and I was honestly a little hesitant to jump into Shooter after being bored with Monsters. I knew that most people considered Shooter to be their favourite PixelJunk game so I jumped in hoping the majority was right.
What I will say is that I found myself to enjoy the game without loving it and dismissed my idea of not playing another PixelJunk game. I’ll start my talk by saying I am not really a music guy. When it comes to music in games I’ll be like hey that’s catchy or hey Fallout’s playlist really reflects the atmosphere. I don’t really get hung up on it or listen to the soundtrack but I couldn’t help but really enjoy Shooters music. I think it was all done by one group (or dude) but it had this really interesting vibe to it that matched up to the weird sidescrolling shooting I was doing versus weird alien like bat dudes.
The most impressive thing to me while playing the actual game (maybe I’m easily impressed) was the different liquids and gases that interacted to make interesting puzzle solutions to move ahead. For example you wait for gas to fill up a room then throw lava into it to make the gas explode destroying the blocks in your way. I liked the several different options when it came to these elements and I enjoyed playing around with them.
The shooting itself in Shooter (that sounds weird) was honestly pretty whatever to me. The basic gun that you have at the start is just fine in the way that the Asteroids gun is fine but personally I wish there had been more options for the gun to make the shooting a little more enjoyable. I should mention that you also have rockets that do a half assed lock on to enemies but they take quite a bit of time and have accuracy for shit so I just basic blasted through the game.
As a mixture of a short game plus me returning to writing after a while this is going to be a short one. So I’ll talk about the trophies. I found myself surprisingly challenged by this small games trophy list if only because I found their diamond to be fairly well hidden. It will not take an experienced trophy hunter long to get their 100% in this game but I still found the challenge of collecting the treasure to be quite good.
To sum it all up Shooter was a game that I enjoyed more for its periphery than the actual gameplay tasks that were set before me. Playing around with the elemental stuff was cool but shooting dudes wasn’t so much. And if your game is called PixelJunk Shooter it probably should be. However, because of the quirky cool things in this game it convinced me to give PSN games a better chance of ending up in my play list. Thank you dudebros(and gals) for reading, hopefully in my next outing I can muster more writing enthusiasm, because my next game is Infamous: Festival of Blood!! Muhahaha. Peace out renegades.