Shoot Many Robots (Available on PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: M
Number of Players: 1 to 4
Developer: Demiurge Studios
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
PSN/Xbox Live: Online Multiplayer
Price: 800 Microsoft Points/$10
Parent Talk: While the game may feature somewhat cartoony graphics, the ESRB rates Shoot Many Robots M for mature because of strong language, violence, and sexual themes.
Plays Like: Just about any run n’ gun shooter you can think of.
Review Basis: Completed the game via online coop.
Shoot Many Robots is inspired by ageless classics, but when it comes time to differentiate itself things quickly fall apart. It starts off strong enough, featuring nice visuals, a solid soundtrack, great humor, and the ability to grab four friends to join in on the fun. Eventually the repetition kicks in and things become rather redundant.
The one saving grace comes in the form of four player online co-op. This is the only way to play this game as it helps break up the repetition and lessons the overall difficulty. Even with four player co-op, it’s best not to play for more than thirty minute intervals.
+ The opening will have you hooked. The awesome art style and great sense of humor will keep a smile on your face.
+ Interesting and highly useful RPG elements. By slaughtering robots you pick up money or points, then use them to purchase more powerful weapons. You can also gain new abilities like being able to perform a double jump, or carry more health items.
+/- Steep learning curve. While the first few levels are fairly straightforward, before too long you’ll find yourself dying left and right before realizing the best way to take out the new obstacle.
– Extremely repetitive. From similar stages, to generic and ever repeating enemies, things start to get old fast.
The absolute worst aspect is the incredibly frustrating controls. Ultimately this is what ruins the game. Being a 2.5D shooter means using the left analog stick to move and the right stick to aim and automatically fire your weapon. It’s common sense today, no? Apparently Demiurge didn’t get the memo, because everything is mapped to the left stick. That means it’s super easy to shoot facing forward, but when you need to aim, you have to stop, press another button, aim and then shoot. That’s far too complicated and completely unnecessary.
I love old-school run n’ gun shooter, I really do, but the controls here are far too frustrating to master and needlessly overcomplicated. If you’re looking for a shooter that offers up fun in short bursts, this one will suffice so long as you remember to play it with friends. If you’re playing by yourself it’ll get annoyingly repetitive quickly, and those controls might just prevent you from ever coming back.
Average Score Scale: 5.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10
Personal Final Score: 5.5/10 (Neutral)
Reason for +0.5 Inflation: If you enjoy run n’ gun shooters and all right with playing with four buddies and only for short periods of time.
Reason for -0.5 Deflation: If you dislike repetitive shooters and can’t wrap your head around the over complex control scheme.