You may or may not have heard of Nex Machina. If you have, you may have heard that it is the spiritual successor of Resogun. Or perhaps you’ve heard that it is the game created by arcade legend Eugene Jarvis. Or maybe you caught the buzz that it is an insane bullet hell shooter that will test the limits of your sanity. Well, all of that is true, but I’m here to simply tell you why you should fall head over heels for this unique title.
Love is in the air – Can you feel it?
#5 Bright Neon Colors Everywhere
The array of colors used in Nex Machina look like a cleverly orchestrated acid trip. It is as if the developers went into the head of someone tripping on acid and was somehow able to direct the ensuing madness. Every single enemy, weapon fire, explosion has its own unique color as if it is confined to its own universe while harmoniously coexisting in the same plane of existence. There are so many colors that are exploding and zipping through the air while you display utter badassery by blowing up everything in sight that you marvel at how its even possible to fit that much color in such a small space. Even with all of this, you somehow never lose track of what is going on. Color me….impressed!
#4 Music Fit for the Electronic Gods
It is said that music is a gateway to the soul. That music influences moods and can set you on a course of success or utter destruction. The music in Nex Machina gives you the strength to overcome all the insurmountable odds within the organized chaos that is this game. The combination of electronic guitars and high pitched keyboard synthesizers that sound like they were extracted from the movie “Weird Science” give you the motivation to not only press forward but decimate every living thing in your path. When the music kicks into high gear the goose bumps on your arm flare up, your senses heighten, and you literally feel like a high scoring, bullet hell ass kicking god! When playing Nex Machina, turn the volume up and kick some futuristic robotic ass and tell them TiCGN sent you!
#3 Stalker Mode
There is a feature in Nex Machina that you might miss. This is the ability to go to the leaderboards and replay the gameplay of the top players. Yes, ladies and gentlemen you can stalk the gamers who are kicking your ass on the leaderboards in order to study their techniques so that you can implement them into your own strategy. Some of you may see this as cheating or may be too prideful to use this technique and that’s understandable. But while you sit back and wallow in the pool of pride and morality, I’ll be using this technique to top the leaderboards.
#2 Graphical and Technical Perfection
From a technical standpoint a fast paced game like this, where every second and decision counts must run perfectly. And Nex Machina does just that. Running at a steady, buttery smooth 60fps allows you to react quickly in real time. This is so that you can make constant 360 degree turns while blasting your gun all twin stick shooter style in a manner that ensures your survival and racks up high score mayhem that is sure to top the leaderboards.
There is a beauty to Nex Machina that I encourage you to appreciate. When enemies and things in the environment explode you can see every pixel that they were made of. Jaw dropping environments display a level of detail that seem unnecessary for a top down twin stick shooter but should be appreciated and marveled at nonetheless. From the immense use of neon colors to the high quality textures, Nex Machina’s graphics are proof that big things often come in small packages.
#1 The Gameplay…Of Course
The bottom line is that Nex Machina is a fun game that has a high replay value. It is both challenging and rewarding. The scoring system will spark your competitive nature causing you to do whatever it takes to climb the leaderboards. It is non stop fast paced action that will make you cry, laugh, and throw your controller all in one sitting. What more could you ask for?
Have you had a chance to try Nex Machina? If so, let us know what you think about it in the comments below. If not, did this article get you hyped for it?
Nex Machina makes its way to a PC (via Steam) and PlayStation 4 near you on June 20th. Give it some love, if you want.