If you're one of the lucky gamers out there who have acquired a new, shiny PlayStation 4, I surely hope you have already downloaded and played Resogun. If you have a PS4 and do not have Resogun, well... I have some bad news. You are a horrible, horrible gamer.
Well, not really. You're not a horrible gamer. You're just uninformed and deficient. You are lacking in knowledge of brand-new excellent games on the now current-gen systems. Resogun is a fantastic opening salvo in the new console generation for Sony and the PlayStation 4.
In Resogun, you pilot a ship in a last-ditch effort to "Save the Humans." Humanity is under siege by an alien force and you are the last line of defense of the species. You'll progress through the game moving from city to city in an attempt to save the remaining humans and defeat the alien force therein.
The game's core mechanics are pretty simple: you move and shoot. Your left stick moves. Your right stick shoots. You direct your movement and shots. Simple. You'll also have access to bombs that will clear the entire city of enemies (which continually spawn throughout your campaign to rid the city of aliens). You can fire off an "Overdrive" weapon, which will melt through all enemies in its path like butter. You can also fire off a boost, which while active allows you to travel through enemy projectiles as well as enemies themselves--thereby destroying said enemies.
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The game starts slowly and then ramps up swiftly as you get better. As you progress through the cities, you'll encounter a larger variety of enemies and their configurations will get tougher and more hardened. You'll have to combat an absolute avalanche of alients on the screen at any given time. Trust me--you will need those bombs and boosts. Overdrive will be your friend. You will be frantically avoiding enemies while trying to send them back to kingdom come.
So what about the humans? How do you save them? All you do is eliminate the enemy threat, right? Nope. That would make things too easy. All of the humans are imprisoned at the outset, and occasionally a group of enemies are spawned who the key to a particular human's "prison." Killing this group of enemies in their entirety (and in some cases, a particular sequence) will free the human from his/her holding cell. The fun little human will scurry around on the ground, waiting for you to scoop them up and deliver them to a transport out of the city. Should you fail to get to the human in time, they will be picked up by a flying saucer and will be lost. If you pick them up and die in the process, the human will die. Hell, if you don't get them out of the cell soon enough, they will die.
You can shoot your humans and they will not incur harm. Oh no! (Although, as I discovered once, you can indeed shoot them off of a ledge and lose them. So...don't do that.) But you shouldn't let yourself get distracted; you really should be getting these people out of the city.
As if it wasn't difficult enough to progress through the waves of enemies in each city, you'll have to face off against city-ending bosses too. These bosses are not walkovers. I had particular difficulty with the second boss in the game. The. Second. Boss. And that was just on the medium difficulty. There are four difficulty levels to whet your appetite for destruction and shooting.
Resogun is a great way to introduce someone to the PlayStation 4. The visuals and audio for the game represent a solid start for the new console generation. And at the cost of free for all PlayStation Network Plus users, it represents a great value too. With the PlayStation Network going the way of pay-to-play multiplayer ala Xbox Live, it stands to reason that many people will be eligible to get Resogun for free.
So, have you played it yet? No? Why are you still reading this review? Go play it!