20XX PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of 20XX by Batterystaple Games and Fire Hose Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developers for video/review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
20XX is a roguelike action platformer that’s heavily inspired by the Mega Man X series. The game has a few things to set it apart from Mega Man though and we’ll talk about a few of them in this review.
The game doesn’t have a whole lot of story elements and what story you do get is detailed in the initial cinematic upon loading the game. It’s main focus is its gameplay so story takes a backseat.
Gameplay wise, if you’ve played Mega Man X then you’ll know what to expect. If not, then, the game is an action platformer where you jump from platform to platform shooting/slashing enemies in your path. Each level is finished off with a boss battle.
Unlike MMX 20XX features randomly generated levels, each with their own unique themes. This random generation makes it so you can’t rely on memorizing a level’s layout and ups the difficulty level. It also makes it so each run through the game is unique, increasing its replay value by quite a bit.
When doing a run you can play through as many levels as possible, so long as you survive each one. You’re given a single life in Normal and Hard difficulty levels but you have 3 in the Easiest difficulty.
There’s also some pickups that you can acquire during a run such as nuts, soul chips, health and energy. Nuts are the game’s currency and can be used to purchase items at vending machines. Soul Chips allow you to purchase upgrades for your character in the hub world. Upgrades include increased attack power, magnetic item gatherer’s and increased health to name a couple. There’s quite a few to choose from and they will aid you in future runs.
The game also features 2 playable characters named Nina and Ace. Nina’s main weapon is a cannon on her arm which can be used to shoot enemies from afar. Ace is a more challenging character and uses a sword to fight enemies in close combat. Ace requires more skill than Nina does and is recommended for more advanced players.
Another great feature is the game’s co-op system. You can play with a friend in either local or online multiplayer. The game utilizes a match making system that can automatically find players for you, or you can invite a friend to your game.
Overall, 20XX is a very solid roguelike platformer. It’s precise controls feel smooth as butter and it’s levels are always unique and fun to play through. If you’re in the market for something similar to Mega Man X then I highly recommend giving 20XX a shot.
Thanks a lot for reading my review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!