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BROFORCE Gameplay + Hands On Preview [HD]

Our Public Relations Editor Josh and I recently sat down for some killing time with BROFORCE and were pleased to discover a hilarious, over-the-top game with clear retro influences and references to games of yester-year. The title is still in Steam Early Access, and jumping in now will run you $14.99 – however, the amount of polish seen already and fluidity of experience says to us that this game is worth it.

In addition to a campaign resembling Super Meat Boy with big flippin’ guns, BROFORCE proceeds to stimulate the Dopamine dispensers in your brain (like any good murder simulator should!) with a cast of characters jumping all over pop culture, 80’s, 90’s, fiction, above, beyond, and comedic action with the grizzling brutality of high intensity, fast-paced 2D war experiences like Contra.

Bullet Hell? Hell Yes. 

BROFORCE comes equipped with “destructible everything” (according to the developer Free Lives), 4 player online and local multiplayer, campaign co-op, deathmatch, horde, explosion run, suicide mode, and more. There’s even a Level Editor and Level Sharing software kit built into the game off the bat so the community can get to work on expanding it and when the time comes expand the replay value and longevity of the game by adding free content to the internet for BROFORCE. Beyond that, the development studio themselves is far from done and will also be releasing new missions and ‘New Bros Every Month’.

Stay tuned for our Full RGN Review once the Final Build of BROFORCE is released!

RGN Video Gameplay + Hands-On Preview Podcast:

Preview Copy Info: Two digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this hands-on preview.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20140423 and was last modified on 20140423 .

Teslagrad Review

Teslagrad is an indie title that melds a variety of items to solve puzzles in a Metroid-style map and a steam-punk universe. The game just released under a week ago for Steam and will also appear on the Wii U.

GAMEPLAY

The gameplay is based around magnetism where with the help of a glove that changes polarities of objects as well as a wide variety of other tools, you solve puzzles and destroy monsters. The use of magnetism to create bridges, stairs, and even as a weapon creates a very unique spin on gravity. The exploration of the game feels like a Metroid or Castlevania title, where you are given a large map but are forced to collect new abilities to pass through previous un-explorable areas created a nostalgic feel for me. For a puzzle game, Teslagrad has a very fun (yet frustrating) way to combat with bosses. Since your character can die unlimited amounts of times, each death means repeat the boss. The first boss had me confused until I realized to follow his patterns. The focus on magnetism in the combat never breaks the game’s flow while also adding urgency in your actions due to how death works.

PRESENTATION

The steam-punk presentation with the retro-styled graphics mix well. The colors are both bright and vibrant or dark and bleak, to always fit the situation. The light created by magnets and electricity match the “glow” look that they are supposed to be. The music, like the lighting always fits the situation and never felt either too quiet or too loud. The game is presented well as a steam-punk title as you can hear the steam and gears, the electric currents and the crackle of lights. You see the dreary darkness of the Tesla Tower, the locale of this title. You listen to a well put together soundtrack. And you feel like you are in a Steam-punk universe.

REPLAY VALUE

The game features innovative gameplay that can stump the best of us and its exploration aspects create a sense of depth. This title would be a title you complete and then wish to replay to beat your past time or score, similar to that of the Metroid and Castlevania series that this title seems to draw influence from.

Final Verdict:

From the time I’ve spent with Teslagrad, I’m very impressed and despite its difficulty at times, I don’t have a hard time continuing it because the exploration and gameplay are great and I feel immersed in the game. I highly recommend this game to fans of games like Metroid for the exploration and games like Portal, AntiChamber and even the classic Prince of Persia for its fun puzzles and occasional frustrating yet redeeming progression. This game seems more for the hardcore gamers, but I think anyone can get a good experience from this game. A good game with good potential, can’t say its shocking to give it a Silver Game rating.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer / Publisher: Rain Games

Available On: PC | Linux | Mac OS X

Console / Handheld Versions: Wii U (Spring 2014) | PS3 (Spring 2014) | Vita (Summer 2014)

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

(Bonus: Score Breakdown)

  • Gameplay- 25/30
  • Graphics- 4/5
  • Online Capabilities – not applicable
  • Replay Value- 7/10
  • Overall- 36/45, an 80%.

 

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Matthew Dokurno on 20131219 and was last modified on 20140227 .