E3 '07: Everyday Shooter Impressions

Fans of Robotron and Geometry Wars have another potential winner on their hands. We take a look at this arcade shooter for the PlayStation 3.

Dual-stick shooters are undergoing somewhat of a Renaissance thanks to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, where fun, arcade-style games have found perfect homes. But Everyday Shooter isn't your typical Robotron clone. As a PC game, it won multiple awards from the Independent Games Festival (amongst others), and after taking a look at the upcoming PlayStation Network version, we can see why.

If you've played Robotron: 2084 or Smash TV, you will have a very basic idea of how the controls work in Everyday Shooter. The left analog stick moves your ship (or in this case, your pixel), while you shoot with the right stick. We say "basic" because developer Queasy Games is obviously going for an experience that transcends simple shooting. Instead, it is an evolving experience in which every shot landed creates a visual and musical idea that is expanded upon as you play. In this way, it seems to very much resemble cult classic Rez, which was billed as a musical shooter.

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The game also strikes us as more relaxing than the frantic pace of such games as Geometry Wars or Super Stardust, as well as more involved. For example, in one level you create chains by blasting a large geometrical pattern into other shapes and then getting others to stick to it until they explode. And every level will be different, so you should expect to change your approach as you advance through the game.

It's also beautiful to look at, featuring a unique visual style that is incomparable to other games of its type. It's flashy, to be sure, but rather than simply filling the screen with particles, Everyday Shooter is both colorful and cohesive. The levels we saw showcased a lot of pastel hues and geometric shapes, as well as patterns of all sizes. It was accompanied by a strumming-guitar theme that pulsed and subtly evolved over time. It was at once compelling and soothing, an uncommon combination in games of this type.

With such a unique take on a common mechanic, PlayStation 3 owners may well have a winner on their hands. Everyday Shooter will be available for download on the PS3 from the PlayStation Network this fall. We'll bring you more updates as they become available.

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14 comments
greystone227
greystone227

This looks pretty cool, especially since it was made by a single guy. Games like this and Alien Hominid give aspiring game developers a boost in confidence.

icytower
icytower

Name & screenshot are unimpressive, but I have enjoyed similar games so who knows.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

Nice coverage Kev! I am pretty interested in this game even if it is a derivation of the same old

vix
vix

Looks interesting. Hope there's a demo.

cubeman
cubeman

Doesn't look too bad. Hope it does good.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Geometry Wars was great. I'll watch this one.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

Hmm, sounds a little generic with a title like that..

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

Never heard of this game. Hope to hear more from this soon.

9thwardice
9thwardice

looks pretty good might be addicting