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Blast your way into saving a US in turmoil in a mech suit
Freedom is dead in America and a nationwide crises is in full swing. With full control of the military the Vice President of the United States has launched a coup d’etat against the President, resulting in a civil war sweeping across the nation. In response the President has taken control of a flying mech and with an excessive amount of weaponry fights to push back the rebels to reinstate America’s freedom. No, this isn’t a news flash, this is in fact the newest remaster coming to Xbox One.
Don’t feel bad if you’ve never even heard of the game. It was originally released in 2004 exclusively for the Xbox and solely available in Japan, and given the console’s admittedly low popularity in the country the game was only experienced by a select few. It has since gained a cult following thanks to the success of FromSoftware as a developer. The interest in games like Dark Souls inspired people to look back at the developer’s back catalogue and the word of mouth simply spread about this ridiculous little gem.
Then in 2016 Devolver Digital sent out a tweet to FromSoftware offering to help localise the game. This sent a wave of people begging for it to happen, and well, the rest is history.
We recently had a chance to go hands-on with the game and it’s just as over the top as we imagined. The premise may seem less outrageous now than it did back in 2004 but it’s probably because of that that it couldn’t be more perfectly timed.
Apart from a slight graphical upgrade, very little has needed to be changed from the original: even the voice acting was originally in English. The beginning of the first mission sets the game’s tone perfectly, with the President smashing out of the White House’s facade in a mech suit shouting “Okay, let’s party”, only to then proceed in blowing up the tanks, helicopters and military troops waiting outside, to the sound of rock music and cheesy one-liners. That’s pretty much what you get the whole way through the game, but surprisingly, despite its age, it’s still a blast to play.
Throughout you’ll have access to over a hundred different weapons, eight of which you can equip but only two can be fired at a time. You can switch over these weapons to mix up how you want to unleash chaos. You’ll be blasting, strafing, dashing and slamming everything in your path. Defeating enemies will produce money, which you can use to buy more weapons.
It may be completely ridiculous, and over the top. But it’s been a long time since we’ve had a game quite like it and we love it.
“The premise may seem less outrageous now than it did back in 2004”