Play
Please use a flash video capable browser to watch videos.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Review

Resogun Review

  • First Released
  • Reviewed:
  • PS4

Chaotic euphoria.

Resogun is a supercharged reimagining of the classic 1980 arcade game Defender. From a presentation standpoint, the unorthodox use of voxels makes it a bit of a curiosity, too. These tiny building blocks allow the environment to crumble when enemies crash and explode nearby, culminating in the total destruction of every stage. It's destructible environments taken to the extreme, and an impressive display of next-gen technology to boot, but Resogun isn't a game that relies on visual gimmicks.

Comparing Resogun to Defender gives you a basic understanding of the game's structure. Both are side-scrolling spaceship shooters that let you freely move left or right and encourage you to rescue stranded humans sprinkled throughout each stage. However, Resogun is a bit different from its muse, with the playing field wrapped around a large cylinder, rather than represented as a looping 2D map, and most importantly, your ship has far greater firepower and maneuverability than your the meager ship in Defender. With these modern trappings, whether you're zipping through waves of enemies, luring them into a trap, or decimating entire phalanxes in a flash, there's rarely a lull in the action.

The calm before the storm.

The near nonstop assault on your ship comes from a variety of enemies, some small and some large, with different flight patterns and behaviors. There are swarms of gnat-like vessels that track your movement, free-floating laser cannons that can block your path, and other ships that divide into smaller but equally deadly units upon impact. Quite often, you can fly to a less-populated section of a stage and catch your breath when things get too frantic, but at some point, you have to face the enemies you left behind.

On top of your battle for self-preservation, there are other lives worth fighting for. Throughout each stage, 10 or so human captives await rescue, which comes only when you shoot down green "keeper" ships. These enemies fly solo or in groups, appearing for brief windows of time before slipping out of sight for good. Felling these wardens-in-flight frees a particular captive, who aimlessly wander around the level, waiting for a ride home before they're recaptured. If you're shot down while the humans are on the ground, or if you ignore them for too long and lose sight of the keeper ships, it's the end of the road for the unfortunate humans. But should you manage to scoop them up and deliver them to one of two tractor beams at the top of the stage, you collect a reward in the form of points or equipment upgrades.

It's challenging to focus on keepers and humans when you've got problems of your own, but shield and weapon upgrades are vital to your continued success. They allow you to absorb an extra hit and extend the strength and reach of your weapons. You constantly need to balance the associated risks and rewards of trying to be a hero. Making the most of a situation and getting out alive requires quick reflexes. Thankfully, Resogun's controls are tight, and you've got three abilities to exploit along the way.

Boosting in action.

Each of your three ships comes equipped with a trio of tools: boost, overdrive, and bombs. Bombs in Resogun do what any good bomb should: blow up everything in sight. There's a trade-off to consider when chasing high scores, though. With no enemies to shoot, it's next to impossible to continue chaining kills quickly enough to build up your score multiplier, which is the key to hitting the top of the leaderboard.

When enemies die, be it from a standard cannon or a bomb, they leave behind a collection of green voxels that you can collect to fill your ship's overdrive meter. Once your meter's at capacity, activating overdrive expends this energy as an enormous jet for a limited amount of time. Boost might not sound like an ability that feeds into your ship's destructive tendencies, but this evasive maneuver ends with a bang, killing anything in close proximity. Unlike with overdrive, you have control over the duration of boosting, allowing you to strategically conserve resources, or plow into enemy ranks, destroying them from within.

Live long enough to see the end of a stage, and you're rewarded by a meeting with one of Resogun's five gigantic bosses. Unlike typical ships, most bosses come in complex and unusual forms. You can attack some of these juggernauts freely, but other bosses require pinpoint marksmanship. The first stage boss, for example, is a giant two-tiered ring with laser cannons floating in the space between each ring. You have to shoot your way through the first ring and navigate the laser-filled void to reach the boss's weak spot in the middle. It's not a ground-breaking boss design, but it does change up the pace of Resogun's core gameplay between stages.

Bosses are also relentlessly strong. In the game's later stages, surviving a boss's onslaught is next to impossible without enough extra lives and bombs to turn the tide in your favor. In these cases, the biggest challenge is the fight leading up to the boss. Fail to play your best, and it's easy to end up at a boss with little hope for success, though even if you have a healthy stash of extra lives and bombs, you can't brute-force your way through a fight. These unforgiving confrontations motivate you to perform at your best, making victory that much sweeter when it comes.

Resogun throws voxels around with wild abandon, creating fireworks-grade displays at the end of every level.

Resogun's controls, presentation, and rapid-fire enemy assaults make for an exciting experience. You're constantly under pressure, practically suffocating behind swarms of enemies, but you're never without the means for survival. In this way, playing Resogun is an exercise in twitch gameplay and decision making, triggering a rush of adrenaline and testing the limits of your ability. It helps that the accompanying beat of the techno-laden soundtrack and the constant trickle of voxels are mesmerizing, pulling you into the moment every step of the way.

The only downside to Resogun is the short-stack of levels you get to explore. There are four difficulties to choose from, which provides a bit of variety, but the game's five stages don't stay fresh forever. Having three ships helps, but it doesn't take long for the flow of surprises to dry up and the race for high scores to take over. That said, Resogun remains fun to play even when the joy of discovery fades away. It's classic arcade action imbued with hard-hitting artistic and gameplay elements. Falling in love with Resogun is easy, and mastering it is challenging, and the combination of these two qualities makes Resogun almost impossible to put down.

Editor's note: Resogun's online coop mode was not available when this review was published. As such, it will be updated accordingly once the feature goes live.

The Good
Impressive use of voxel technology.
The invigorating soundtrack draws you into the action on screen.
Diverse enemy types keep you on your toes.
Optional objectives push the limits of your abilities.
Ships have satisfying controls and powerful special abilities.
The Bad
It doesn't take long to see everything in the game.
8
Great
About GameSpot's Reviews

About the Author

Peter's a hardcore shoot-em-up player with years of experience with the genre, and he blasted his way through the first two difficulties for this review.

Discussion

127 comments
SirFiddler
SirFiddler

the day i got my ps4 i downloaded it, played it for five minutes and then chucked it into a virtual corner never planning on picking it up again. I am glad I changed my mind. I cant pinpoint what it is but I cannot stop playing this game.I am having the worst case of "just one more try" i have had in a very long time. It might not be innovative and while you can't compare it to other games i picked up , like need for speed rivals, battlefield 4 and fifa 14, this is the one i like best. maybe it is because of it's simplicity , maybe it's because it reminds me of the good old days maybe it is because if was free , i don't know but it definitely is great fun...for me at least

Jock9
Jock9

Hmm I may be the odd one out here, but please don't take it as an insult - for me I was never really a major lover of Space Invaders, and their remakes or reboots. To me Resogun, is just another reboot of the classic, and is fun at first but dries up for me after only about 15 minutes. Still it was free, and everyone has their own opinion of it. But it's a 6/10 for me, to be honest, still fun. 

easykillzgaming
easykillzgaming

This game is beyond fun. At first it does take a little bit to get used to but it is by far the best free game that playstation gives you at launch. I enjoyed it big time and was a great game to play when your in your downtime period between shooters. The graphics arent badand it offers an action packed rush.


For more gameplay and reviews check EKG on facebook and youtube!


https://www.youtube.com/user/EasyKillzGaming

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Easy-Killz-Gaming/190718417772195?ref=hl

blackzio
blackzio

really fun game, it's a shame i suck at it. 

codestaxx
codestaxx

this is so mickey mouse.  i wouldn't pay 5 dollars for it.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Trying to Platinum this game and I am having tons of fun with Co-op!

nkish
nkish

Please indies makers, bring the best oldies with new graphics, simple and fun, and you'll not regret it!!!

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

love games like this and this one looks fantastic 

psuedospike
psuedospike

 Holy shitballs this game easily deserves a 10! I haven't been that exhilarated playing a game in a long damn time!  Even online multiplayer runs silky smooth even when the screen is completely full and that will happen a lot.  I can't find a single thing wrong with Resogun and considering it's FREE with PS+ signup (which you need to do now anyway) I'd say right now this is the exclusive game that makes the system worth buying!

silversix_
silversix_

best arcade shooter ever made in my opinion and its a crime for having only 5 levels like wtf devs? I WANT MORE, much much MUCH more... give me like 100 levels, shouldn't be hard to create

sadface1234
sadface1234

Looks like a fun game, believe it is free to PSN subscribers on PS4.  I would play it if I had a Ps4

chyng85
chyng85

I wanna play this~ 

djames12345
djames12345

Why does the gaming industry find it so hard to come up with new ideas for games?

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

This "review" seems more like a summary than a review.

franzito
franzito

You gotta be fu**ing kidding me! No shooters the whole PS3 life span and now PS4 just gets a cool one?

snackwelll
snackwelll

If I was into meth I might play it...

masfima1
masfima1

the best game sonys got is a rehash from 1987, holy shit

brewed100
brewed100

Indie or not, this is very clever twist to the classic Defender. Props to the developers/designers.. you got skillz.

Reddevil66666
Reddevil66666

Although I like indie games, this one seems a bit overrated

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

Got to play this at an expo. It held my attention for about 30 seconds.

Djwolfram
Djwolfram

Love the genre and cant wait to play this game :D

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

Glad I'm waiting for games to come out for the console then rush in blindly.

juliopalmacr1
juliopalmacr1

@noturfangirl  believe me , it is not PS2, it's so much better, I've played it, and it is absolutely engaging, you can easily spend hours in it. 

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@tomservo51 

Don't they take it away if you stop paying? At least, wasn't that how they did it for the PS3?

ewjiml
ewjiml

@djames12345  

Because games nowadays follow the trail of money, not the innovation.
 PC gaming (and somewhat the Wii U) probably have the most innovative part of the video game industry. 

SpiderLuke
SpiderLuke

@franzito What are you talking about? The same people made Super Stardust HD for PS3. They just gave away Galaga Legions DX for PS3 on PS plus not long ago. I'm sure there are others.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@Reddevil66666 I feel like that's like saying some obscure underground hipster band is overrated because tacos are delicious..

psuedospike
psuedospike

@AncientDozer Yes, but you need PS+ just like Xbone users will need Live Gold to play multiplayer games, so there's no reason to lose it.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@ewjiml

Unfortunately the great majority is crap. Some of it is good but only a handful ever reach the surface.

Resogun More Info

Follow
  • First Released
    • PlayStation 4
    • PlayStation Vita
    Resogun is an intense fast-paced shoot em' up developed exclusively for the PS4.
    8.2
    Average User RatingOut of 105 User Ratings
    Please Sign In to rate Resogun
    Developed by:
    XDEV, Climax Group
    Published by:
    SCEI, SCEA, SCEE
    Genres:
    Shooter, 2D, Action
    Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
    Everyone 10+
    All Platforms
    Fantasy Violence