Sunday, April 1, 2018

SuperHot (Xbox One) Review

Superhot is a first-person shooter that was developed and published by indie developer Superhot Team. The game was released in February 2016 for Windows PCs, OS X, and Linux and later for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Superhot was one of the games released in March 2018 for Xbox's Games With Gold program.

Superhot was conceived during the 2013 7 Day FPS Challenge. After its success, the creators set up a successful Kickstarter to finish a complete version of the game.

I downloaded this game when it was released as one of the Games With Gold games from March 2018 and honestly it didn't look very interesting to me. As a matter of fact, the only reason I tried it out was that it was a first-person shooter and I was in the mood to play one and let me tell you did I have the right idea.

I don't want to give away too much of the plot but basically, you're playing in a Virtual Reality world and each level you complete you become more addicted to the game and continue playing new levels even though you are told to stop playing. I found that even though it was part of the story I was actually having a hard time putting the game down. As a matter of fact, I beat the campaign in one sitting, granted it isn't a very long game but never the less I couldn't put it down.

How the game works is very basic, all you have to do is kill all the bad guys before they kill you. The way that the game works is what makes it unique and fun. When you move in the game time flows normally but when you stop moving time stops. This game mechanic turns Superhot from a typical shooter into a shooter strategy hybrid. Due to time stopping the game has a similar effect to bullet-time as in other games and when there are numerous bad guys shooting at you there will be many bullets to avoid.

The only other unique game mechanic is your ability to transfer your mind to any bad guys that you can see. This reminded me a lot of The Matrix movies where the agents are able to take over any person they want. As you make your way through the campaign you'll need to use this ability more and more, mostly to dodge the bullet hell of the later levels.

One of my flaws is judging a book by its cover and I nearly didn't even try this game because of the way the graphics look. It's a very flat featureless world that is similar to first-person shooters on the Nintendo 64 like Perfect Dark. As this is an indie game I know that this is the reason for the bland graphics but I found that the look quickly grew on me as it is a unique look compared to other shooters.

The only flaw of this game is its length. To beat the campaign it took me a little over two hours. If I had paid money for this game I probably would have been upset unless it was really cheap. To help make up for the length the game has some extra modes that are unlocked after completing the campaign. First off is an endless mode where you pick a level and fight a never-ending supply of bad guys until you're killed. Each level has extra game modes that you unlock as you kill bad guys. The other mode available is a challenge mode where you have to complete requirements like killing so many guys in a certain time limit and stuff like that. This helps to stretch the length of the game but in the end, I would have liked a longer campaign.

In the end, I was very impressed with this game and had a lot of fun playing it. The only problem I had with the game is the campaign length but I enjoyed the time I did playing this game and recommend it if you're a fan of first-person shooters and strategy games. I give Superhot an 8 out of 10.

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