May 7, 2012

Awesomenauts Review

Awesomenauts is a multiplayer experience that's available on the Playstation Network, and the Xbox Live Arcade for $10.

In Awesomenauts your goal is to defeat the enemies' drilling machine. To get to that though, you must defeat the enemies' turrets that lay in your path. Depending on the level, you don't have to destroy all the turrets as long as you can get to the drilling machine. You have to do all of this while protecting your turrets and drilling machine. That's it, but it's not as boring as it sounds.

The game has you playing as very silly characters that have 2D cartoonish look. My personal favorite character was the frog, Froggy G. I loved his special attack which was this push attack that could stun enemies. There are also characters you can unlock, but I got used to playing as Froggy G, and every time I tried someone new, I would just miss Froggy G. This is just me. My friend that I played this with liked the cowboy, Sheriff Lonestar, and had a hard time choosing someone else. So there is a nice difference between each character, from movement to attacks.

I played Awesomenauts with a friend because this game shouldn't be played by yourself. There's a practice mode if you do want to play by yourself, but I don't recommend it. What's great about Awesomenauts is the ability to play with friends online, and locally. I always give props to games that allow local multiplayer.

When you start a game of Awesomenauts you start in a spaceship crashing through the sky trying to collect as much solar as possible until you hit the ground. Solar is currency in this game, and is used at the shop which is the first thing you see when you crash your spaceship. You can use your solar at your shop to buy and upgrade attacks, health, speed, and more. You also can heal at your shop, or heal by finding green plus signs throughout the level.

At first when my friend and I played Awesomenauts, we were horrible. We just ran around trying to destroy turrets and ended up losing. The second time we played, we started using strategy and helped each other out. Strategy is a must in Awesomenauts because the second time we played, we cruised through the game and beat our enemy. If you're not going to communicate then you're going to have a very hard time playing.

Final Say: My friend doesn't play video games much, but he said that Awesomenauts was great and easy to learn the controls. I have to agree. It might seem like there isn't much to Awesomenauts' gameplay, but that's what's so fun about it. It's simple to learn, and you can just play with your friends and have a blast. I can see some people being annoyed by how silly the game can be, but it didn't bother me at all. For $10 this game is a must have. Well, a must have if you have friends to play with, or you're OK making new friends online.

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