[Beyond PlayStation] XenoRaptor Review
XenoRaptor is a fast-paced twin-stick shooter in which you command space dragons taking on an interstellar armada. Learn more in our XenoRaptor review!
In XenoRaptor, you will be taking on an interstellar armada of baddies as you ride your space dragon into battle! Due to its twin-stick shooter nature, youâ€™ll use the left analog stick to move your space dragon around, aiming with the right one. Youâ€™ll have unlimited ammo for your weapons, which you can fire with the R and ZR buttons. You will also have a special weapon you can unleash with the L button. In order to survive, you will need to grab all of the pick-ups left behind by the enemies you defeat. These will help you power-up your space dragon so that you can deal more damage, move faster, and gain the upper hand. While you do have unlimited ammo, your weapons can overheat from extended use, so be sure to grab some coolant from the enemies you defeat!
At the hangar, youâ€™ll be able to customize your weapons and equipment, as well as recolor your space dragon in case you want to give it a bit of a different look. Youâ€™ll have different parts to outfit your space dragon with. There are armor pieces, sensors, thrusters, and more, as well as different components to add to your weapons so that you can replace some parts here and there to maximize your odds of survival. There are many combinations, so be sure to experience so that you can find the right one for the job.
To be able to progress in XenoRaptor, youâ€™re required to defeat at least one boss on a planet so that you can open up the next planet for exploration. There are also additional bosses to defeat in each planet, and doing so will reward you with extra loot, which can prove to be very valuable since every boss in the game has its own potential loot drops. As long as you battle and defeat each boss over and over, youâ€™re guaranteed to receive some new items for your trouble until youâ€™ve gotten all of the loot it can drop. But the fun wonâ€™t stop there since bosses will then start to drop upgrades for your gear.
There are plenty of options for your weapons, special attack, sensors, hull, engine, and even paint job. Each weapon will have different stats for its fire rate, velocity, scatter, damage per second (DPS), penetration power, blast radius, blast damage, and more. There are also different bullets for you to unlock and equip on your space dragon, with the standard bullets being of the armor-piercing variety. You can also obtain and equip incendiary rounds, radioactive bullets, antimatter rounds, and more.
Youâ€™ll be taking on wave after wave of enemies on each of the planets that you visit, with enemies of different shapes and sizes coming at you. To survive, youâ€™ll need to pay attention to the radar in the lower-left corner of the screen, which is surrounded by your health bar, right next to your missiles counter. Anything that shows up in red is bad news since it represents one of the thousands and thousands of enemies youâ€™ll be facing. If you spot something in grey, then that means itâ€™s a pick-up that you should make sure to collect.
XenoRaptor is a fun twin-stick shooter that will have you flying around in a space dragon as you destroy anything that moves. Along with its Campaign Mode, which will have you moving from planet to planet, thereâ€™s also an Endless mode in which youâ€™ll just have to survive for as long as possible. Xenoraptor is out on Nintendo Switch for $14.99 and offers more than enough content to justify its asking price.
This XenoRaptor review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Digerati.