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POSTED 19/6/17


NEX MACHINA

Housemarque



What happens if you take the greatest PS4 shmup creator and introduce them to legendary arcade game developing god Eugene Jarvis?

Bliss. Pure arcade bliss.

If that name is unfamiliar, Mr Jarvis gave us the likes of Robotron 2084, Defender, Stargate, Smash TV and NARC (which was so good that Pixies covered its theme music).

As for Housemarque? Super Stardust, Dead Nation, Alienation and Resogun (which is still the best way to show off a PS4 to somebody unacquainted).

Them there’s serious shmup chops.

Nex Machina takes everything good about the games listed above, smushes it all together and emits a voxel-stuffed digital chunk of pure brilliance (especially the latter if you have an HDR-equipped TV...)

Imagine The Running Man-esque twin-stick arena shooter Smash TV rocketed further into the future, but with Defender/Resogun-like humans to save as you pick off insanely virulent hordes of armed-to-the-antennae robot scum who are trying to pull off an orchestrated slaves-become-masters manoeuvre. But not in the dark...

Swathes of the bastards assail you at lightning pace, as you gradually arc up the power of your shooters, eventually adding the odd beefy bonus or two to assist you, such as adding dash to your dash. Do you endeaden your attackers first? Do you prioritise rescuing those humans that are Idiocracy-like dumb enough to be trundling around insane laser death arenas? What about those Resogun invaders chaining their way Centipede-style through the level? Ooh, there’s a juicy bonus over there... ZZAP!

Six sprawling worlds. Slick techno tunes. Single player campaign. Multiplayer arenas – including local co-op. Hidden humans, secret sections, various skill levels, extra challenges, copious leader boards, sensory overload... Nex Machina comes packed with everything but a defibrillator.

If you’ve ever wanted an arcade machine in your home, just grab Nex Machina. It truly is a masterpiece that’s befitting of its pedigree.

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