While you wait for those big budget games to come out, some of you are most likely taking advantage of all those indie games that are showing up on PSN for the PlayStation 4. I know I am. There are so many quality indie games out now for it that there should be no reason why you’d have nothing to play. One of the more active indie developers on PSN is that of 10tons who have already released two games on the PS4 in the form of King Oddball and Sparkle 2. Their third title was just released last week which is actually an HD remake of their first ever game they ever made, Crimsonland.
Crimsonland is a top down, twin stick shooter featuring intense action and over the top mayhem. Crimsonland was originally released in 2003 on the PC. 10tons decided to rerelease the now on the PS4 as a remastered edition featuring updated music, graphics, and more. The game is incredibly easy to get into as you mainly only use the left stick to move, the right stick to aim, and the right trigger shoot. Your goal mainly is to shoot all the zombies and spiders until there are no more and progress to the next level.
Along the way, you’ll be able to unlock new weapons (30 in total) and new perks that will give you a distinct combat advantage. I suggest playing through the quest mode first so you can progress through the six chapters and unlock everything. After quest mode, try your hand at the five survival modes – Survival, Rush, Blitz, Weapon Picker, and Nukefism. Most of these modes need to be unlocked in Quest mode anyways in order to play them.
What’s neat though is that Crimsonland features 4 player local co-op. If you have some extra controllers laying around, you can have friends or family hop on and help you destroy waves and waves of zombies and spiders. As you know, games that feature multiplayer are usually a lot more fun once other people join in on the fun. Crimsonland is no different and can be very fun and hectic once you have others joining in. Co-op can be played in both quest and survival modes.
One thing of note. Crimsonland is not really optimized for remote play with the PS Vita if you are trying to play it like that. The game actually looks really good on the Vita’s smaller screen, but the controls are not optimal for the way the Vita is laid out at the moment. The usual R2 for shoot doesn’t work on the Vita and is mapped to the rear touchpad which is really awkward. That means that trying to use the PS Vita as a second controller just doesn’t work that well.
Graphically, Crimsonland does very little to show off the power of the PS4. Yes it’s a throwback to a much older game and it probably remains faithful to the original source, but I almost want to see more of an update here. The arena itself is pretty barren with not much on it and it only gets filled when there is blood splattered about everywhere. The character models look pretty good though, considering you only see them from the top down, but they look good, even on the PS4. The special effects and animations look good to, like all the explosions and weapon effects, I just wish the backdrop wasn’t as barren as it is. The PS4 though does help Crimsonland push a ton of baddies on the screen at once without a single hiccup. The game runs super smooth even with what seems like hundreds of bad guys at once on the screen and since the game is called Crimsonland, I guess it makes sense that a majority of the screen gets covered in blood.
- Quest mode with six chapters
- Five survival modes: Survival, Rush, Blitz, Weapon Picker, and Nukefism
- 30 unique weapons
- 55 awesome perks
- PSN Trophies and leaderboards
- Up to four player local co-op
Crimsonland isn’t one of those games that you quite think of when you think PS4, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. In fact, Crimsonland can be very fun. There’s just something satisfying about shooting up an almost endless wave of zombies and spiders. It’s a solid game with easy to learn controls, familiar gameplay, and good co-op modes. There aren’t many games out there with local co-op, so it’s good to see that some developers still enabling this feature.
As for whether or not this is suitable for children. It’s a toss up. It’s not as family friendly as their previous two games, but the violence here is so over the top and insane that it wouldn’t bother me if my kids played it. Besides, this deals with zombies and spiders. Zombies don’t really exist (yet) and spiders almost everyone dislikes anyways. I don’t have a problem letting my eight year old play it, but I advise you play the game yourself first and decide on your own.
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