[PlayStation 4] Habroxia Review
Habroxia is a retro 2D sidescrolling shoot ’em up that is a lot of fun on PlayStation 4. Find out why in our Habroxia review!
In Habroxia, you will end up dying a lot, but the good news is that you can upgrade your ship and improve by playing over and over until you have what it takes to beat a level, only to repeat the same cycle for subsequent stages. There is no story to speak of, just a pure game of shoot ’em up with bosses at the end of each stage, and some modes that you can unlock. It’s a setup that might rub some people the wrong way since some of you might like to have all modes available right from the start.
You move your ship up and down, forwards and backwards within the playing field, shooting at anything and everything. You have three choices of firepower. The R1button gives you a straight down the line attack, while the L1 button fires from the sides of your ship. If you press both the R1 and L1 buttons, you will get a better spread, hitting more than one target in a single go. By making the most of your attacks, you will slowly but surely be making some progress. You can collect credits during levels, and quite often, they’re not as plentiful as you’d expect, but every bit counts!
The upgrades are expensive and go up in cost with each purchase. These upgrades are immensely important since they will allow you to keep the pace with the difficulty increase. Once you have the right setup and enough experience, you’ll be able to make it to level five, which is when you will unlock the first extra mode. This will give you an idea of how hard you’ll have to work to be able to unlock the different modes in Habroxia. You’ll have to make the most of the credits you obtain so that you can boost your firepower, increase your health, and more, or else you’ll end up dying over and over again.
There are 15 levels in total, which at first might not seem like much, but you do have to remember you won’t be able to get that far in the game if you don’t properly upgrade your ship. Completing the first couple of levels will be a good tests of your skills. Each level will have different objectives to complete in order to keep things varied. You might need to shoot at everything in sight – which is expected from a shoot ’em up, but sometimes you might need to save others and keep them safe. As for the extra modes, you will, for example, gain access to Shield Maiden in which you need to survive for as long as possible without any kind of defenses, very little health, and weaker weapons.
Overall, Habroxia is a very replayable game that will appeal to fans of the genre. It has a bit of a grind you’ll need to overcome to be able to improve your ship’s capabilities, as well as to unlock the extra modes, but once you overcome that, you will dig the game – if you’re willing to put in the time.
This Habroxia review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by eastasiasoft.