Created by: WPXGAMES
What is Xotic?
Xotic is a hybrid arcade-style FPS with vividly luminous graphics and addictive game play mechanics. Eliminate the Orb’s life-sucking presence as you blast enemies, and detonate chain-reactions in a race against the clock, all while discovering secrets, collecting power ups and upgrading your skills. Xotic is an indie throwback made for modern gamers in search of originality. Hone your reflexes and develop a combat strategy that will place you at the top of the global leader board. Are you up to the Xotic challenge?
Intro Cinematic to the game Xotic, and first impressions: I really enjoyed the way WXP created the intro to this game, the cinematic. While not a lot of animation, it has a lot of beautiful graphics that help tell the story, along with the narration from the robotic voice. Right off the bat, the sound of the narrator was a bit odd, it felt as if it might not be understandable, but it was very clear in every word spoken.
The voice, rising and lowering in tone, sounding ever so strange to this brand new game, became familiar as the story unfolded about the story of the “Orb” that longed to have a physical body. I question, though, the very creation of the Orb, its origins, and its intelligence. It seems rather odd that the story starts off talking about how there is an Orb that is taking over the universe, planet by planet, but with no explanation as to how the Orb came to be, and why it possesses the capability to think and want.
The default controls start your sensitivity level at 50%, and it took some adjusting to find out, for me personally, that 90% was just right so that turning didn’t feel too slow, or too fast. As one hundred percent felt uncontrollable.
Playing through the first level, the tutorial, I felt the game really explained a lot regarding the point system, and an explanation of each item. I’m referring to the scab plants, the vase, power ups, and aerial collectibles. I, however, did not feel that the game explained well enough how to climb to greater heights to shoot, and collect, other items.
Another thing that the tutorial could have explained are the Champions that you face. I found out, the hard way, that Champions are like mini bosses in the game, that are tougher to kill, and do they more damage than regular enemies.
Playing through my first bonus round, I really got to feel a lot more of the controls and how they functioned, and a bit of the moving around while jumping. Overall, it’s really becoming pretty fun, though jumping and moving mid-air is a small feat in and of itself. It’s beneficial to get a good feel of where you want to jump, and what you wish to collect, so careful planning in some of your
maneuvers is a good idea!
Continuing on through the next levels, the game picks up in difficulty, challenging the player to really use strategic shooting, dodging, and making use of their secondary weapons, if they have one. The Champions become tougher, and throwing in machine gun-like enemies makes it even more crucial to watch where you’re standing, and to take cover in order to regenerate health if needed!
I’ve finally mastered the art of climbing higher into the air using a combination of jumping + Tab, to put the small nearly invisible shields below me, to creating platforms at just the right time for hitting those extra bonus points, and even dodging enemy attack!
The action in Xotic is very fast-paced, the music calming, even in a tough situation when things are difficult. I’m truly having a lot of fun, and enjoying using experience points to unlock new skills, increase my characters attributes, and kicking some serious ♥♥♥!
OVERALL SCORE: 8/10
Sound: 8/10 The music and sound effects are really great in this game, but I don’t care too much for the narrator’s voice.
Controls: 9/10 Playing through the game, everything is relatively easy to control. Aiming is great once you have sensitivity set properly, but when it comes to mid-air control and direction, this is where things just don’t feel as smooth. It’s as if you’re trying to jump while in space, with no gravity or sense of control regarding your direction.
Graphics: 8/10 The graphics in this game are beautiful, and make me feel as if the environments in the game are really alive. But this also creates a sense of confusion among all the objects your shooting. It’s hard to see the small mountains that release the bugs that explode on you, the machine gun enemies sometimes blend in with the surrounding environment, and the look of the enemies and your own character isn’t the best, but there’s nothing to really ruin the experience that I’ve had with the game.
Xotic is a really fun, fast paced, action RPG First Person Shooter, with beautiful graphics, lovely music, and an intuitive design on combat and collecting items while constantly improving score.
The game is definitely built for the competitive player who thrives to have the highest score.
For 9.99 on Steam, Xotic is worth buying and playing through the entire game!
About WXP GamesWXP Games is a small independent team of dedicated developers located in Seattle, Washington. WXP is committed to creating unique new games outside the traditional developer/publisher model.