Crimsonland (PS4) Review
Chad Whitney / Aug 11th, 2014 No Comments
After successfully remastering the 2003 top-down RPG Crimsonland for Steam earlier this year, developer 10tons has brought the game to the PlayStation 4. In Crimsonland, players are thrown into a non-stop battle where there are two goals: survive and get a higher score than your friends.
The game offers four-player competitive co-op, as well as online score rankings. Thrown directly into an apocalypse where aliens, giant spiders and zombies will stop at nothing to kill, players will shoot their way through 60 stages of carnage. Upon completion of the story, gamers will have access to over 30 weapons that can be used in the game’s five Survival modes, where players fight an endless battle to stay alive.
Fight For Survival
Crimsonland encourages gamers to play with three of their friends. However, that doesn’t mean single-player modes take a back seat in the game. Playing solo can prove difficult, and fighting off waves of enemies all by yourself is a satisfying feeling. That me-against-the-world feeling will keep players entering solo matches, despite the game’s obvious draw towards multiplayer matches. Regardless if you are playing solo or with friends, matches are fairly quick for a skilled player.
There are five different ways to play the game’s Survival mode, including Survival, Rush, Blitz, Nukefism and Weapon Picker. Survival is the standard kill-or-be-killed game, while Blitz follows the same concept at a higher pace. In Nukefism matches, players are not given any weapons but there are nukes and other power-ups available. Rush is a mode where the players are limited to the assault rifle weapon, but are granted the freedom of continuous firing without needing to reload. Weapon Picker limits a survivor’s ammunition, but random weapons appear throughout the match to allow for additional firepower.
Crimsonland also has a linear mode that challenges players through six 10-part stages. As players advance, they will unlock special perks and weapons to use in the Survival mode matches. During matches, players will gain experience for each kill. As they level-up, new perks will become available. However, leveling up also leads to an increase in the amount of enemies who appear on each wave.
Aim n Shoot
There is not much to Crimsonland; The game is simple to pick up and play. Aiming can be difficult, but it is part of the challenge. Learning how to aim precisely will net players with perks that make aiming easier.
Players aim using the right analog stick and fire using one of the controller’s triggers. Each weapon has its own unique ammunition capacity and rate of fire, meaning accuracy can be the determining factor between life and death. Shot accuracy is also tracked in the game’s stats.
Sights and Sounds of the Apocalypse
Despite the game’s simplicity, Crimsonland looks good. There isn’t much variety in the landscapes, but textures are smooth, making it easy to navigate through levels. With massive waves of green, blue, yellow, red and purple monsters, players may occasionally lose sight of their character on screen. However, the DualShock 4’s lightbar will match the color of the player on screen, making it somewhat easier to follow.
Sounds in Crimsonland are as bland as the graphics. There is only a slight difference between shooting a rocket launcher and shooting a pistol, but there are not many different sounds used in the game. It is hard to tell if monsters grunting is unique to each enemy but it works for the purpose of making players aware of incoming enemies. The game also has an appropriate score that sets the mood for mowing down massive amounts of supernatural creatures.
Crimsonland is an addictive four-player shooter that is easy to pick up and play. The games sounds and visuals are less than amazing, but that isn’t where the game finds its value–that is in gameplay. Crimsonland is a welcome addition to the ever-growing PlayStation 4 library. Gamers looking for a fresh multiplayer title to play with friends will enjoy Crimsonland.
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