A VIDEO GAME NAMED OBSESSION
Hi, my name is Lou Contaldi and it’s been five months since my last Resogun binge. That was, until the addiction managed to find its way back. Nearly seven months after the PlayStation 4 exclusive was released, Housemarque announced a new batch of DLC content to bring players back to the addictive gameplay of the previous PlayStation Plus title. However, does the newest expansion, Heroes, do enough to hold a candle to the main gameplay, or is the title’s glory days over?
Resogun was never famous for its wealth of content, instead being well known for the beautiful graphics, addictive gameplay, and fluid controls. The main title only contained an arcade mode, a level select mode, and online co-op mode. While the selection was limited, there were very few complaints from the rabid gaming community who poured hours upon hours into the game, aiming for high scores.
The addition of Resogun: Heroes adds two new modes to the already tight formula: Survival and Demolition.
Survival is hands down the stronger of the two new options. In this mode, players take to their ships and descend into the alien planet. No longer are you tasked with saving humans or protect your multiplier (as the former never disappears)–instead your goal is staying alive. The game cycles through days and nights with new rounds of enemies trying to take your one life. While I thought the original Resogun game mechanics were captivating, Housemarque was truly able to boil down what makes the game so addictive. The constant overwhelming fear of death, the instant replay option, and the hordes of enemies make it arguably the best Resogun experience to date.
Along with Survival, Resogun: Heroes includes the Demolition mode. This new option breaks away from the mainstays of the series, mainly by taking away your ability to shoot. Instead, the ships can charge shock waves that will kill enemies and (more importantly) knock around indestructible wrecking balls. The point is to avoid obstacles, enemies, and wrecking balls while destroying as many things as possible.
It is undeniable that Demolition is the far weaker option of any of the Resogun modes; I can respect the decision to break away from the mechanics, however that is what made the game so fun to begin with. The mode is by no means bad, but it is one I will seldom return to after reviewing.
The Verdict: 8.5 out of 10
Housemarque’s Resogun: Heroes is a fantastic improvement to an already rock-solid foundation. While the two different modes vary wildly in terms of fun and replayability, $4.99 for the expansion is well worth the price for admission. While I love the Survival mode and it is still a constant obsession, arguably the best part of the new expansion is that it gives players an excuse to return to the best PlayStation 4 game to date.
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Make sure to check out MONG’s review of Resogunas well as MONG’s “Better Know an Indie” interview with Housemarque!
Lou Contaldi is MONG’s Nintendo Specialist and senior editor. In his off time, he enjoys being aggressively mediocre at Hearthstone. You can follow his incoherent ramblings at Twitter.
This review is based on a game that was independently purchased at full retail price. The reviewer has played 6 hours on this expansion, slogging through Survival.