[PS4] SturmFront - The Mutant War: Übel Edition Review
SturmFront – The Mutant War: Übel Edition from Andrade Games and Red Art Games is a top-down arcade-style twin-stick shooter on PS4. Learn more in our SturmFront – The Mutant War: Übel Edition review!
SturmFront – The Mutant War: Übel Edition from Andrade Games and Red Art Games is a top-down arcade-style twin-stick shooter on PlayStation 4 with an old-school vibe to it. You’ll play as Sigfried von Hammerstein, an experimental semi-organic battle unit with one objective: to kill everything on its path. It was created by Dr. Harmuth Griesgram, an eccentric scientist who was trying to create the ultimate soldier, able to overcome all obstacles. Why was Hammerstein activated? Because it’s 1984, and a great plague has devoured the planet, giving life to deformed, mutated monsters.
Given that this is an arcade-style homage to games such as Smash TV, Ikari Warriors, Commando, Metal Slug, and others – with a metal twist -, the controls are simple and to the point. You’ll control Sigfried von Hammerstein with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, aiming with the right analog stick and shooting with the R2 button. You can also shoot in all eight directions by using the Square, Triangle, Circle, and X buttons as an alternative. There’s also a powerful flamethrower at your disposal, mapped to the L2 button, which has limited ammo.
Your score multiplier will be affected based on the difficulty you select to play the game. It starts at x1 on Easy, doubling to x2 on Normal, and going up to x3 at Hard. You’ll first need to beat the game to unlock Hard so that you can get used to the controls and you can know what you’ll be going up against. Remember that flamethrower I just mentioned? You need to put it to good use to burn the flesh holes from which enemies will crawl. The faster you are at doing this, the more points you’ll get! You can also collect gems to increase your score.
While your regular weapon is powerful enough and the fact that you can collect power-ups to boost its damage output, you can also collect other weapons that will have a limited ammo capacity. These weapons will be more powerful than your regular gun, so you should save them for when there are many enemies on the screen so that you can make every shot count. You should also pick up the many gasoline cans you’ll find as you explore each of the levels since they will be used for refilling the flamethrower.
To learn more about the lore of the SturmFront – The Mutant War universe, you can search each stage for the special skulls that are spread through the area. Once you collect the first one, a glowing line will pop up, pointing you in the direction of the next skull in the set. Find all of them, and you’ll get some extra insight into what is going on around all of the mutants and the killing. If you want to 100% the game – and get one particular trophy during your run – you better find all of them!
Speaking of trophies, SturmFront – The Mutant War: Übel Edition has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and it’s not a crazy difficult one. The trophies will unlock for defeating each of the game’s bosses and for beating the game, for killing 500, 1,000, and 2,000 enemies, for locating all lore skulls, for destroying 100 flesh tunnels with your flamethrower, for collecting and using each of the weapons at least once, and for finding a secret room (hint, it’s located at the end of the ninth level). The last two trophies are the trickier ones since one requires that you complete the game in one go from level 1 until beating the final boss… without dying. The other trophy is for beating the game while playing on Hard from level 1 and will probably be the last trophy you collect.
And once you beat the game at least once, you’ll notice that an Extras menu has popped up on the main menu. Once you go in there, you’ll get to see more than thirty concept drawings for SturmFront – The Mutant War accompanied by some commentary to give you a look inside of the creative process for this game. These concept drawings will show you the process the artists went through when creating the game’s main characters, enemies, bosses, and settings, which is a nice bonus.
SturmFront – The Mutant War: Übel Edition is a fun top-down twin-stick shooter that brings back memories of old-school arcade games from decades ago – you know, the big machines that took quarters for you to play. A single run shouldn’t take you more than an hour, and after that, you can aim for the trophies you missed, increase the difficulty, or try to beat your high score. SturmFront – The Mutant War: Übel Edition is out on PlayStation 4 with a $9.99 asking price.
This SturmFront – The Mutant War: Übel Edition review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Red Art Games.