When All You Need To Survive Is Twin-Sticks And Guns!
Even though twin-stick shooters are showing up more frequently these days, only a few have shown any promise. Are you looking for a table-top arcade like experience? Want to mow down hordes of monsters? Do you like insane guns and gore splattering action? Well Crimsonland might be what you are looking for.
Crimsonland was originally released on April 22, 2003 for PC. 10ton Entertainment has since, re-released it on PS4 via the PlayStation Network. The PS4 version has been enhanced from the original 2003 version with tighter controls and it supports single player and 4-player local co-op.
The premise of Crimsonland is simple: Kill Everything on the Screen and Stay Alive!
You are thrown into a post-apocalyptic arena with a single shot pistol (that is replaced very quickly), where you are swarmed by a wide assortment of enemies, such as bugs, zombies, and aliens that are begging for you to annihilate them. BEWARE! The screen can fill up very quick with enemies!
The controls in Crimsonland are very fluid and tight. I experienced no problems while playing. Controlling my toon felt good with the twin-sticks; you use the bumper buttons to fire and can even use the PS4 trackpad to aim the gun. Guns? Well there are a lot in Crimsonland. While playing you will have access to over 30 guns ranging from assault rifles and shotguns to even plasma guns that will put a hurting on anything in its path. Each weapon has a its own unique feel and play style to them and I found none of them to be lame.
Along the way you unlock perks that range from making the playing field wider to additional health and more damage. Also while battling the hordes of enemies that Crimsonland throws in your path, enemies will drop power-ups and one-use items. These can be life saviors! They range from items that clear the map to freezing everything in sight for the brief period of time.
There are two modes in Crimsonland: Quest and Survival. Quest mode is split into 6 chapters containing around 10 levels per chapter. There is nothing really special about this, as there is no story at all in Crimsonland, just stay alive for as long as possible. Three difficulty levels to master in Quest mode.
Survival mode seems to be the real meat and potatoes of Crimsonland and it is the one I spent the most time with. In Survival mode you are tasked with destroying an increasingly difficult onslaught of enemies over and over again. The objective here is to get the highest score possible. What’s nice about this is you can upload your score to the PS4 leaderboards. The traditional survival mode is available at the start and after playing awhile you will unlock additional versions of survival gameplay.
If you are looking for a good table-top shooter to mow down tons of enemies with a vast variety of weapons, Crimsonland might be worth a pick up. It is available now on the PSN (Regular Price: $13.99, Sale Price: $8.99, Plus Price: $7.19).
The Verdict: 7.0 out of 10
Overall, I admire what Crimsonland is trying to do and I think it does that just fine. It is definitely one of the better arcade table-top shooters available. Crimsonland plays well and if you are looking to kills hordes of enemies with a crazy assortment of weapons, then you found your game. Again there is no story, nor anything deep with this title, I think thats what merits Crimsonland, it’s simple and fun if you like this type of game. I liked the idea of 4-player local co-op and the leaderboard system in place. My gripe would be that we are 10 months into the PS4 life cycle and I only have a few games that show off its potential, if there was a sequel to Crimsonland maybe we get a graphical update.
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Patrick Garrity is a Jersey native who loves video games and enjoys the industry. He loves rum and wants to be a pirate one day. Follow him onTwitter.