EGX’s smaller brother Rezzed gloriously returned to London’s Tobacco Dock this year to promote the latest games from the world of indie (and some well-known developers) to the British public. One thing to note before I start is that this year there were no 3DS or even Wii U titles, which was a shame seeing as Image & Form’s Steamworld Heist featured at Rezzed 15.
There were still plenty of games to try out for the PC, PS4 and XBOX One and I have a few highlights to talk about. You’ll also find the video we took there in this article, and the interview HelenBaby did with George Kelion of The Assembly.
Dead Pixels II by CSR Studios
This scrolling shoot em up brings you back to 1991 in the style of Streets of Rage and River City Ransom. The enemies range from vomiting zombies to sewer rats and you have to kill them before they kill you. They are special effects such as a VHS filter flicking up during gameplay which aids it’s nostalgic vibe. There is 1-4 player co-op mode available and some RPG elements added where you can earn better guns/melee weapons in addition to building up stats, and fighting bosses at the end of each level. It’s artstyle is unapologetically pixel art-style which has had a major resurgence in recent times like with Scott Pilgrim and Retro City Rampage. This game was challenging.
Dead Pixels II’s release date is TBC.
Void21 by Taranasus Studios
Void21 is an endless arcade shooter. You are a faceless pilot training with the highly manoeuvrable and very lethal Void ship. Your objective is to reach the end of the level, either as quickly or as violently (or possibly both) The background is reminiscent of Virtual Boy visuals with its red/black colours, but without the 3D or the headaches afterwards.
There are several modes such as Daily Run (which has different levels for each day of the month), Endless Mode and Seed. In the full game you can upgrade your ship with engines or with guns and each upgrade can either improve or decrease power in certain areas (e.g. energy used).
Void21 is available on Steam for £7.99 and there is also a demo
Super Dungeon Bros by React Games
Super Dungeon Bros is a rock-themed hack and slash multiplayer game in which you fight off hoards of enemies, find devastating weapons and complete fiendish puzzles as you traverse through the dungeons either on your own or local/online co-op. You can choose to play as one of four Bros — Axl, Freddie, Lars, or Ozzie. You pick your weapon as well.
The dungeon layouts are randomly generated so that you will play a new dungeon every time you start . Some of the puzzles involved using your “bro” teammates and throwing them over the gaps to open the gate. Online challenges will be featured for both single and multiplayer mode, and regional/worldwide leaderboards as you play against others to obtain the highest score.
Super Dungeon Bros will be available on Steam, PS4 and XBox One this summer. And as the tagline says “Bros B4 Foes!”
Oh My Godheads by Square Enix Collective/Titutitech:
This game takes the ‘Capture the Flag’ concept and transforms it into ‘Capture the Head’. The heads you encounter have different powers (such as exploding) or sneakily reversing the controls, which hinder the player from carrying it back to their base. This makes the game challenging as you have to avoid the opposing players and make sure you get the heads to the base as quickly as possible without dying. I died quite a lot myself ; the playing field can get hectic quickly.
This game is great for multiplayer and was, as such, quite popular with crowds watching the players.
This is expected for a late 2016/early 2017 release and there is a demo available at https://titutitech.itch.io/oh-my-godheads
Myself and HelenBaby had the opportunity to play Rocket League in the XBox booth when they had heaps of indie games like SuperHot, Lumo and even the latest blockbuster Quantum Break. In addition we spoke to several SEGA staff who were interviewing people about their favourite SEGA moments.
There were several booths for VR from the likes of Sony and HTC/VIVE and most were so popular that you had to book a place beforehand in order to try them out at Rezzed. That said, several games which used the existing Oculus Rift such as Caretaker by Xiotex Studios were available to play without booking.
Rezzed Official Site : https://www.egx.net/rezzed