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Gaming Evolution
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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution

Published By: DnS Development
Developed By: DnS Development
Genre: Action, Indie
Players: 1-12
Rated: M (Mature)
Release Date: April 16, 2010
Screenshots: Link
STEAM: Buy Now!
Written By: Anthony Cara

July 12, 2010 - Run, gun, splatter in a bloody mess, dust yourself off, and try again. This is the creed of the Booster Trooper. This fantastic little side scrolling PVP shooter is mindless, explosive fun.

After you boot up the game you select either multiplayer or single player. The two modes are completely identical other than the fact that single player fights only AI-controlled bots. There are no missions or campaigns, you just pick your weapon, pick your grenade, pick your sex, and pick your color. In multiplayer mode you can either host or join a game already in progress. There are up to 12 players on one map and it can get delightfully hectic and bloody.

The graphics are nothing special and the game basically just features small 3D models running around in side scrolling style with 3D rendered backgrounds. Itís visually similar to the newer Bionic Commando games in that regard. The sound is mostly comprised of repetitive music, blasts, bullets, and pleasantly silly blood curdling death cries.

The gameís true merit is its simplicity. You run, duck, jump, fly with a jet pack andÖ. Oh yeah SHOOT! A few blasts to the face and players are bursting left and right. Thankfully a brief re-spawn puts them right back in the action and during the course of the brief round you can rack up some pretty high kill counts. Any time you are waiting to spawn you can change your characters load-out and appearance. Surprisingly, there is a great deal of balancing put into the guns. Each weapon has its own strengths and weaknesses. The assault rifle is your all around gun, the shotgun deals massive close range damage but is incredibly inaccurate at range, the sniper rifle is basically a one hit kill but has to be reloaded after just one shot, the rocket launcher can fire a few times but its blast can be self destructive (and slow moving), and my personal favorite- the minigun- can only be fire while standing firmly on the ground and takes a second to warm up. In addition to these there are also bonus weapons that can be picked up on the map including a missile launcher and green ooze firing pistol.

Should you ever run out of ammo (a rare occurrence as you will likely die first) you can switch to your side arm (a weak pistol), or you can look for ammo on the field. You also have the option of tossing grenades. You can choose between a frag grenade that explodes on impact or a shredder than can be tossed out and remotely detonated at your discretion.

And thatís it! Start blasting away and rack up those kills! Steam achievements flow easily as there are well over two hundred to be earned! I mean this in the most genuine and positive way: This game is dumb fun. I was actually pretty amazed at how many bot-blasting rounds I was able to play through. If you have a few friends willing to pick up the game- there is all the more reason to play! Like most PVP heavy games on STEAM, its only real weakness is a complete lack of an active community. If you manage to join a game DONíT EVER LEAVE!

For 9.99 this is not a bad game, but hopefully you wonít be stuck playing it alone!


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