I'm afraid i can't in the least bit recommend this game. I so wanted to love it, and it seriously looked amazing on the trailers.
It had such promise, and it manages to cash in pretty much none of that. There's no feeling of bullet hell of any sort, outside of the gun you're firing when it's actually powered up. You don't need to even concider dodging bullets or beams, because the game's bosses, titans, are actually extremely brittle, and it's trivial to shoot out their weapons in an instant, leaving them as little more than static pieces of scenery.
The only threat in the game comes from the seemingly infinitely spawning random little drone enemies, as well as an indescribably silly decision to put in a time limit.
The game looks great, the bosses look great, so much so, that i'm very sure 80% of the development time went for polishing the graphic quality, at the cost of such small, to them, seemingly less important concepts like gameplay, entertainment, or challenge. The intro song to the game is actually far more entertaining than the game itself, and i think whoever wrote that has a great career ahead of them.
It tells a great deal, that after 15 levels during the writing of this, the leaderboards have only 10 entries, where in the beginning, there were hundreds. The vast majority of people grew bored of the game in less than an hour. With that being said, i can't understand why there are so many positive reviews of it... One citing especially how it has improved over time. I would not have wanted to see the earlier revisions, then.
The creation of your own arena and boss would be an extremely interesting thing, and it was the main draw in the game for me... sadly, however, there's little to no enjoyment in the game, so there's little to no point in taking the effort of creating anything for it.
On a personal note, the vast majority of the game's in-level music is also awful, but it is easy to turn it off. I shouldn't need to do that, however. The music in the trailers are, outside of the theme song, the sole good tracks in the game. The rest are the worst of the worst kind of dubstep.
PS. I think the game would be far, far, far more interesting, if the health pools of the bosses were 10x the value of all parts combined, and you could not shoot off parts. The decision not to do a unified health system, but allow the players to completely make the bosses harmless baffles me to no end.
Posted: February 20th, 2014