A reboot of an old Atari title from the mid 80’s, Resogun is an incredibly basic concept. You take
control of a spaceship and fly it around a series of circular maps and shoot down waves upon waves
of literally hundreds of relentless enemies. But like all the arcade games from the era in which
Resogun’s roots reside, the focus is obtaining the highest possible score and doing this is no easy
feat. In fact, it’s ridiculously difficult. But more on that later.
With each enemy killed your multiplier increases by 0.01 of a percentage. If you spend too much
time between kills or if you lose a life then your multiplier will reset. Your multiplier is the most
important thing to focus on and if you really want to earn those big numbers every single move you
make will have your multiplier considered.
Save The Last Humans
But this isn’t just a matter of shooting everything that moves. When you start each level a cool
computerised (and oddly sexy) voice will prompt you to “Save the last humans” both via you primary
speakers and the one hidden in your Dual Shock 4. Around each level there are humans locked in
boxes. To save them you need to find and destroy groups of Keepers which appear at predetermined
points in each game, usually at the most inconvenient times and can be identified by a green glow
around them and the odd noise they make when they die. Miss any of the keepers (or in some
instances shoot them in the wrong order) and a human will die. Destroy them all and a human will
be released and start running around the map waiting for you to come pick them up and deliver
them to the safety of one of the two portals located in each map. Die while carrying a human and
the human dies. Wait too long to pick up a free human and it will be captured by the enemy.
Rescuing humans plays an integral role in getting that score way up so the incentive to save them is
equally as strong as the challenge in doing so . Saving them all will give MASSIVE points bonuses
when you complete a level.
Thankfully your ship is well equipped with various tools to help you through the challenge of each
level. The Bomb destroys everything in the level, Overdrive is almost as powerful as the Bomb and a
rechargeable Boost is great for escaping imminent danger. Using these tools at just the right
moment is an integral factor in your chances of success and adds a great level of strategy to how
you play the game.
By this point you might be wondering why this piece has turned into somewhat of a guide on how to
play the game. This brings me to the game’s biggest flaw which is that Resogun teaches you almost
nothing. Sure there’s a few button prompts in the first level for the various weapons but other than
that you’re on your own and while flying around a map and shooting all the thing isn’t exactly a
complicated thing to figure out, the process of saving humans isn’t as clear as you might think and I
had no option but to turn to Google in order to figure it out. Once I did the game became much more
enjoyable even though it’s really freaking hard.
Resogun is brutally difficult but somehow doesn’t manage to frustrate the player into feeling that it’s
just too hard to keep playing. Every death (of which there will be many) can only be blamed on
yourself and there’s not even a hint of unfairness about it. In fact it’s the complete opposite. You
constantly get that feeling that you know where you went wrong, you know you can do better, and
you know you have to try again. It’s high level addictive gameplay is something that I haven’t experienced for some
time. And when you finally complete that level that you’ve been struggling with for the past 4 days
you will sit there, with controller in hand and say to yourself “F**K YEAH!”. There’s a really strong
sense of accomplishment from succeeding in this game and it drives you to keep playing. Once
you’ve managed to complete all he levels you’ll instantly want to try them again to either beat your
friends scores, or save every human on the level, or if you’re really brave- increase the difficulty.
“It’s high level addictive gameplay is something that I haven’t experienced for some
Thankfully not only is Resogun lots of fun but its damn good looking too. Literally every object model
is made up of thousands of little cubes much the same way a screen creates images out of pixels
and when you really look closely you can see an incredible level of detail. This is most obvious when
you lose a life as the explosion caused by your ship does damage to the world around you and
watching the structures in the map get reduced to a pile of cubes is beautiful. Despite its
complexity, even in the most hectic moments when your screen is full to the brim of enemies the
PS4 handles Resogun without breaking a sweat.
Resogun is currently free for PlayStation Plus members so you might as well give it a shot. And if
you’re reading this after it’s no longer free then you should seriously consider buying it anyway. You
won’t be disappointed.
It may not be next-gen but Resogun is a worthy pick-up alongside your new PS4 console with it's old school arcade addictive hook.