Retro/Grade Does It Backwards

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Posted by Jeff (5488 posts) -

Sony's official blog posted up a trailer for this slick-looking shooter, Retro/Grade.

  
 So... it's a space shooter, but you play it in reverse. This turns it into more of a rhythm game, since you need match up your ship's location with the shots that you've fired... or that you will fire... uh... in the future. OK, it's a little touch to describe, but it sort of reminds me of Bit.Trip Beat, since you're sort of moving up and down to "catch" shots that are heading in your direction. According to the game's developer--24 Caret Games--you'll be able to play Retro/Grade with a guitar controller, if that's your thing. That sounds like a pretty cool touch.

No release date for the PSN versions has been mentioned yet, but the game was a finalist at the Independent Games Festival, and the PC demo used at IGF is available from Steam.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (5488 posts) -

Sony's official blog posted up a trailer for this slick-looking shooter, Retro/Grade.

  
 So... it's a space shooter, but you play it in reverse. This turns it into more of a rhythm game, since you need match up your ship's location with the shots that you've fired... or that you will fire... uh... in the future. OK, it's a little touch to describe, but it sort of reminds me of Bit.Trip Beat, since you're sort of moving up and down to "catch" shots that are heading in your direction. According to the game's developer--24 Caret Games--you'll be able to play Retro/Grade with a guitar controller, if that's your thing. That sounds like a pretty cool touch.

No release date for the PSN versions has been mentioned yet, but the game was a finalist at the Independent Games Festival, and the PC demo used at IGF is available from Steam.
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#2 Posted by TheMikelGuereca (118 posts) -

Sounds interesting.

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#3 Posted by Coolarman (1228 posts) -

trippy as hell

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#4 Posted by Shadow (5171 posts) -

...but can I play it with the DJ Hero turntable?

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#5 Posted by DerekDanahy (881 posts) -

That's crazy, seems to have a lot of the similar mechanics of Braid!

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#6 Posted by TheClap (545 posts) -

Mind=blown

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#7 Posted by ahoodedfigure (4560 posts) -

Heh, clever.  But is this just a shooter pastiche over a rhythm game, or is there more to it?  Better question: is the end boss going to be super easy? :)

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#8 Posted by c_rakestraw (925 posts) -

That looks awesome. I loved Bit.Trip Beat, so if this is like that (and it looks like it is), then this should be just as good as that was. Definitely looking forward to playing this.

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#9 Posted by Levianth (131 posts) -

Dude... what?

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#10 Posted by Hannibal (877 posts) -

Wow, what the hell.

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#11 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3836 posts) -
@DerekDanahy said:
" That's crazy, seems to have a lot of the similar mechanics of Braid! "
By a lot you mean one. You can reverse time to fix your fuck ups.
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#12 Posted by Sgt_T1bbs (104 posts) -

Looks really neat but if its just a rhythm game with a space shooter "skin" on it(as was mentioned earlier) then i'm out.

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#13 Edited by Novyx (483 posts) -

I played the demo on Steam a while back, and it IS pretty much just a reskinned rhythm game... and the music... is not the most amazing. I'm not saying it's bad; just one of those 'not for everyone' games.

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#14 Posted by zityz (2366 posts) -

I tried the demo on steam. It's a novel idea but bleh pass. I didn't find it fun at all just an interesting concept piece.

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#15 Posted by phlegms (1622 posts) -

I'm tripping balls right now...

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#16 Posted by MattyFTM (14764 posts) -

Wow, weird. I feel like walking around my house backwards now.

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#17 Posted by killdave (1079 posts) -

*Waits for rapper to do another Braid style video*

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#18 Posted by 71Ranchero (3350 posts) -

I dont think I could be any less excited over a shmup.

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#19 Posted by JJOR64 (19658 posts) -

Looks interesting.  I might have to check it out once it releases.

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#20 Posted by MmmSkyscraper (331 posts) -

Weak.

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#21 Posted by Dalai (7860 posts) -

Bit.Trip Beat meets R-Type meets Braid?

I can get behind that.

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#22 Posted by HatKing (7169 posts) -

I got to admit the one thing the Playstation consistently has me jealous on is the weird downloadable games, from this to Noby Noby Boy to Flower I really wish some this bizarre shit would make it to the XBLA.

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#23 Posted by Harknett (168 posts) -

That ship never runs outta that time rewindin' potion! 

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#24 Posted by PureRok (4269 posts) -

If it's played in reverse, does that mean you fight the boss first and go all the way back to the first level?

Does that mean that the game gets progressively easier?

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#25 Posted by JackiJinx (3255 posts) -

Cool. Where does my Power Pad fit into all of this?

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#26 Posted by Kayrack (364 posts) -

holy crap

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#27 Posted by Branthog (5773 posts) -

Fine, but what does Solja-BoyTell'em have to say about it?

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#28 Posted by caseylakes (301 posts) -

sounded better than it looked =[

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#29 Posted by MattBodega (2276 posts) -

I had to spend a minute starring at the damn thing before it clicked. Hopefully it all works out....maybe it could be cool!

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#30 Posted by Pie (7284 posts) -

Only 10 songs...

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#31 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2912 posts) -
@killdave said:
" *Waits for rapper to do another Braid style video* "
"yo man, we got dis shit hurr called retro/grade!"
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#32 Posted by LiquidPrince (16788 posts) -

Oh... My brain.

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#33 Posted by OmegaPirate (5642 posts) -

No-one made the

 
Retro/Braid

Comment yet? no? ok. I did
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#34 Posted by Jazz (2344 posts) -

mmmmmmmercury's in retrograde

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#35 Posted by Mootalstrike (206 posts) -

Looks sweet.

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#36 Posted by ShowNun (55 posts) -

Yeah, everything that makes a shooter a shooter is lost here. This is just a skin for a rhythm game.

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#37 Posted by GoodKn1ght (522 posts) -

silly jeff, HASN"T been mentioned yet.
it actually kinda made me laugh

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#38 Posted by Kyle (2376 posts) -

That is bizarre.... I don't think I even understand it...

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#39 Posted by Crono (2762 posts) -

very unique concept, just shows that there is indeed room for growth in long standing genres

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#40 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2915 posts) -

Oh, I thought you would be flying right to left...

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#41 Edited by buzz_clik (7407 posts) -

I remember hearing about this a while ago and thinking it sounded like a great gimmick for a game. I didn't realise just how much of a rhythm game it would turn out to be, however. Pretty cool.

Obviously this is not to be confused with the classic shooter Retrograde.

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#42 Posted by delete3 (17 posts) -

That looks like an awesome game. Can't wait to try it out!

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#43 Posted by TheePeaceFrog (33 posts) -

Woah, that is new.

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#44 Posted by WholeFunShow (401 posts) -

I always wanted to play the original C64 Retrograde, never saw it at the time but saw lots about it in magazines, looked awesome.

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#45 Posted by buzz_clik (7407 posts) -
@WholeFnShow: *cough*emulation*cough*
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#46 Posted by Six (624 posts) -

looks kind of interesting..  maybe a 10 minute quick look could sell me on it, but not sold or turned off by it yet

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#47 Posted by c_rakestraw (925 posts) -
@Pie said:
" Only 10 songs... "
Hey, ten songs are better than three -- the amount the Bit.Trip games have per installment. And for all we know, there could be plans to release more songs via download.
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#48 Posted by John1912 (2355 posts) -

Wierd, i went from angry saying what the fuck is this crap, to oddly interested :-/

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#49 Posted by McPaper (285 posts) -

Sounds like a stupid gimmick

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#50 Posted by GTCknight (728 posts) -

Sounds and looks insane . . . . I'm in.

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