[PS4] Rolling Gunner + Over Power Review
ININ Games and Mebius are ready to rock your world with shoot ‘em up Rolling Gunner + Over Power on PS4. Find out why in our Rolling Gunner + Over Power review!
ININ Games and Mebius are ready to rock your world with excellent shoot ‘em up Rolling Gunner + Over Power on PlayStation 4. After releasing on Nintendo Switch back in 2019, the game is now finally out on PlayStation, and it includes the main game as well as the Over Power DLC rolled into a single package. As for the game’s story, you’ll be playing as a pilot who stands to be humanity’s last hope. The now-sentient sentient computer system BAC has control over almost every single engine in the world, and things are not good for humanity, with the planet’s population has been cut down in half. It is up to you and the special Rolling Gun weapon to save the day before it’s too late!
The game can be played either in its original version or in its Over Power version. What’s new for Over Power? Along with a new control scheme – more on this below – you’ll also get to enjoy a new arranged soundtrack as you play through the six stages that Rolling Gunner has to offer. To make the whole experience feel fresh for those of you that have already played through the original experience, the Over Power update also adds additional enemies and attacks you’ll have to watch out for!
Depending on if you’re taking on the original version or the Over Power version, there will be some differences to consider. For both, you’ll control your spaceship with the left analog stick or the D-Pad. For the original version, you’ll shoot with the Square button and can use rapid-fire with the R2 button. The L2 button will be for activating your bomb. In the Over Power version, you can shoot with the L1 button as you change weapons with the L2 button for different shooting patterns. Your mighty bomb is set to the R2 button. Once you’ve charged up enough energy, you can use the buster beam with the R1 button, or you can have the game take over and automatically activate the buster beam as soon as it’s charged up. You could also treat this as a twin-stick and use the right analog stick to aim and attack.
Then we have the Limiter. This is a special ability that can be charged up by collecting the many medals left behind by enemies. Once you’ve collected enough to increase your energy to the max – which is 1,000 – you can press the bomb button to activate a special mode where you can boost the types of medals you get from defeating enemies to collect additional energy. Once this additional energy is at 100%, you can press the bomb button again to activate the Limiter, which will greatly increase the power of the attacks from the Rolling Gunner.
The game can be played in one of four difficulty levels: Novice, Casual, Original, and Expert. Novice has the simples score system and the lowest challenge of the bunch, which is a good option for those of you who don’t have much experience with bullet hell shoot ‘em ups. Casual slightly increases the challenge without things feeling overwhelming. Original gives you the standard experience, with enemies that are a bit more intense while offering you a chance to boost your score. And then there’s Expert, which considerably bumps up the challenge, so you’ll have to be on high alert at all times!
There are also different spaceships to choose from, each one with different stats for attack range and movement speed while also offering different attack patterns and defense mechanisms to consider. There’s the FR-42RX STORK, which is the basic aircraft type and the most balanced of the bunch. The RF-42RA Attack STORK trades off movement speed for a wider attack range and a bit of extra power. The RF-42RS Super STORK is the fastest of the group but features a narrow attack range, so you’ll have to compensate accordingly.
Unlike the usual shoot ‘em up rule of “one hit and you’re done,” for Rolling Gunner, your spaceship will have a health bar, which you can check on the upper left corner of the screen. When you’re hit, that health bar will go down, and once it’s depleted, you’ll lose a life. You can get a shield power-up to repair some of the damage you’ve received, and you can gain an extra life – or two – as you bump up your overall score by destroying all enemies and collecting the score items they drop. There’s even a power-up that will increase your max shield!
Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. The list is split into 28 Bronze trophies, 11 Silver trophies, and 3 Gold trophies. You’ll get trophies for completing each of the six stages in Rolling Gunner + Over Power. On top of that, if you manage to complete each of those six stages without dying as you defeat all enemies, mini-bosses, and bosses. There are trophies for clearing the game in the Novice, Casual, Normal, and Expert difficulty settings. You’ll also get trophies for getting a 1-up power-up, using your mighty bomb, making the Rolling Gunner lap 100 times around your ship, reaching a score of 100,000,000 in a single run, or reaching a cumulative total of 1,000,000,000, 2,500,000,000, and 5,000,000,000 points, to name some examples.
If you’re a shoot ‘em up fan, then getting this one is a no-brainer. It’s a hectic and fun bullet hell game on PlayStation 4 that is enhanced by offering the Over Power DLC right from the start so that you can take on each version separately since each one feels like a different experience. Rolling Gunner + Over Power is out on PlayStation 4 with a $29.99 asking price.
This Rolling Gunner + Over Power review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by ININ Games.