Gives ‘bullet time’ a whole new meaning
If you’re beginning to think all first-person shooters are alike, take a look at Superhot. It’s a game where the central mechanic forces you to think through your moves step by step – and it’s not often you hear that said about shooters.
The mechanic in question is this: time only moves at a normal pace when you do. So rather than running gung-ho into an arena and blasting your way out, you can simply stop moving and everything else will slow to a snail’s pace. Fire your gun or take a forward step and your enemies move too. It’s like a strategy-FPS mash-up that is by turns frantic and thoughtful depending on your game plan. Throw in a highly stylised graphical aesthetic and a risk-fraught, one-hit-death health bar and you’re left with a game that will leave an indelible mark on your psyche.