Retro/Grade Does It Backwards

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Posted by Jeff (3486 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 (3486 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 (102 posts) -

Sounds interesting.

#3 Posted by Coolarman (709 posts) -

trippy as hell

#4 Posted by Shadow (4979 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by DerekDanahy (873 posts) -

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

#6 Posted by TheClap (538 posts) -

Mind=blown

#7 Posted by ahoodedfigure (4240 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? :)

#8 Posted by c_rakestraw (844 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.

#9 Posted by Levianth (107 posts) -

Dude... what?

#10 Posted by Hannibal (863 posts) -

Wow, what the hell.

#11 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3704 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.
#12 Posted by Sgt_T1bbs (116 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.

#13 Edited by Novyx (479 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.

#14 Posted by zityz (2360 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.

#15 Posted by phlegms (1607 posts) -

I'm tripping balls right now...

#16 Posted by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -

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

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#17 Posted by killdave (1073 posts) -

*Waits for rapper to do another Braid style video*

#18 Posted by 71Ranchero (2738 posts) -

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

#19 Posted by JJOR64 (18954 posts) -

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

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#20 Posted by MmmSkyscraper (313 posts) -

Weak.

#21 Posted by Dalai (7017 posts) -

Bit.Trip Beat meets R-Type meets Braid?

I can get behind that.

#22 Posted by HatKing (5886 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.

#23 Posted by Harknett (130 posts) -

That ship never runs outta that time rewindin' potion! 

#24 Posted by PureRok (4235 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?

#25 Posted by JackiJinx (3089 posts) -

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

#26 Posted by Kayrack (293 posts) -

holy crap

#27 Posted by Branthog (7555 posts) -

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

#28 Posted by caseylakes (293 posts) -

sounded better than it looked =[

#29 Posted by MattBodega (1904 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!

#30 Posted by Pie (7078 posts) -

Only 10 songs...

#31 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2494 posts) -
@killdave said:
" *Waits for rapper to do another Braid style video* "
"yo man, we got dis shit hurr called retro/grade!"
#32 Posted by LiquidPrince (15909 posts) -

Oh... My brain.

#33 Posted by OmegaPirate (5523 posts) -

No-one made the

 
Retro/Braid

Comment yet? no? ok. I did
#34 Posted by Jazz (2256 posts) -

mmmmmmmercury's in retrograde

#35 Posted by Mootalstrike (187 posts) -

Looks sweet.

#36 Posted by ShowNun (52 posts) -

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

#37 Posted by GoodKn1ght (491 posts) -

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

#38 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

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

#39 Posted by Crono (2653 posts) -

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

#40 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2907 posts) -

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

#41 Edited by buzz_clik (6969 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 (10 posts) -

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

#43 Posted by TheePeaceFrog (33 posts) -

Woah, that is new.

#44 Posted by WholeFunShow (351 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.

#45 Posted by buzz_clik (6969 posts) -
@WholeFnShow: *cough*emulation*cough*
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#46 Posted by Six (612 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

#47 Posted by c_rakestraw (844 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.
#48 Posted by John1912 (1857 posts) -

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

#49 Posted by McPaper (254 posts) -

Sounds like a stupid gimmick

#50 Posted by GTCknight (693 posts) -

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

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