[PlayStation 4] Super Destronaut: Land Wars Review
Super Destronaut: Land Wars moves away from the classic space shooter to a first-person game. Find out more in our Super Destronaut: Land Wars review!
It’s time for a new point of view to the classic arcade shooter experience! In Super Destronaut Land Wars, it’s up to you take shoot down enemies and collect points to move on to the next level!
Let’s start by explaining how the game has changed from the classic formula that was inspired by classics like Galaga and Space invaders, to create something from a first-person perspective that preserves some of the traditional formula. As you start each run, you will have to explore around to find where your enemies are, so that you can shoot them. They also have the power to shoot back at you, which you can avoid by moving or jumping, and they will not all have the same health, since depending on their shape, some will take more hits to defeat. As you shoot enemies, you slowly build a combo that can eventually unlock Rampage mode in which you have dual guns to blast even more enemies. After a wave is completed, another one will start, and it will continue like this until you are out of health.
There are quite a few modes to choose from that offer different experiences in this formula. The Classic Mode is the regular one with no additional effects added to the game. Then there is the Hardcore Mode, where there are more enemies, they all have more HP, and the game starts at wave five instead of on the first one. Combo Breaker Mode starts you with the multiplier at maximum level, but it depletes gradually if you don’t shoot enemies. If it reaches zero, then the game ends. Then there is the Maximum Strength Mode, where it’s basically the same as Classic, except that instead of a gun, you have a rocket launcher! The last mode is Snail Mode, where you are slower than usual, and you also can’t jump.
There’s also the Challenge mode, where you have over 20 challenges that you can complete, which include things like killing a certain number of monsters or reaching a certain amount of points. All of them have three time limits to aim for that will give you a bronze, silver, or gold medal when you finish the challenge.
The game features some colorful visuals that are really great to look at, with the space monsters that look just as they looked in the first game, only in a 3D world. When I first started the game, I was a bit disoriented with the first-person perspective, but after a few runs, I picked up the pace and got into the fun gameplay cycle that the game offers. Even though the gameplay is a bit repetitive, there are still a lot of modes that the game offers to give you an incentive to keep playing.
As for the trophies, the list is a pretty simple one that shouldn’t take a lot of time to complete. There’s a certain score you have to reach in each of the five Arcade Modes, and then it’s just a matter of getting a rank – be that gold, silver, or bronze – in at least 15 of the challenges, and then the Platinum trophy is yours!
Super Destronaut: Land Wars is a really fun arcade title. It’s not a long game if you’re just aiming to get the trophies, but there’s certainly some replay value if you want to do a run every now and then to try and improve your high score. At a bargain price like this, it’s one to check on PS4 and PS Vita thanks to it being a Cross-Buy release.
Price: $4.99 USD
PSN Game Size: 240MB
This Super Destronaut: Land Wars review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.