Final night time’s State of Play presentation from Sony was really fairly good. We acquired a July 19 launch date for the cute cat recreation Stray, Resident Evil 4 Remake turned out to be an actual factor that’s coming subsequent 12 months, and Last Fantasy XVI confirmed off some luxurious gameplay. There was some actually stable stuff. However amongst all of the high-profile sequels and anticipated remakes was one recreation I didn’t see coming: an excessive rollerblading recreation known as Rollerdrome developed by OlliOlli World creator Roll7. And holy shit, this recreation seems freakin’ dope!
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Rollerdrome is a third-person motion shooter. That sounds run-of-the-mill, and it definitely will be at instances, however Roll7 took this normal premise and added a cool twist: excessive rollerblading, replete with quarter pipes and steel railings (known as coping) you possibly can trick off of. So what you find yourself with is a fluid, momentum-based shooter that appears to combine components from Jet Set Radio, My Pal Pedro, and Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater into one sleek-ass bundle.
That’s the important thing promoting level for me: the amalgam of genres. Momentum shooters like Doom, whereas exhilarating, rely virtually solely on their FPS underpinnings to hold the load. Devolver Digital’s frenetic first-person recreation Boomerang X constructed on id Software program’s basis, implementing slowdown mechanics to get you serious about enemy positioning in relation to your personal, however nonetheless felt restricted by its adherence to the FPS style. I’ve not performed Rollerdrome but, so it’s too quickly to say whether or not it delivers on its potential. Nevertheless, simply from the trailer alone, I get the sense that Roll7’s making an attempt to stretch the bounds of the momentum shooter.
I imply, that cel-shaded, virtually comic-book-esque artwork type. That thumping, ‘80s synth soundtrack. The number of environments and weapons and enemies. After which all of the methods because the skater flips round and fills goons with bullets whereas gathering gold cash…or one thing. There’s even a Tricktionary to study new strikes if you wish to get a better rating—or simply look even cooler by pulling off flashier maneuvers. The collision of all these components seems and sounds difficult. It additionally looks as if a blast, a recreation that’s in all probability each edge-of-your-seat thrilling and break-your-controller maddening. I’m right here for no matter final result.
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Fortunately, we don’t have to attend too lengthy to seek out out. Rollerdrome hits PC, PS4, and PS5 on August 19. It’s additionally launching on “different consoles,” although not till at the least February 16, 2023. Sorry about it, Nintendo and Xbox.