Futuridium EP Deluxe Review on PS4 and PS Vita

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Space shooters. I’m sure many of you have played some version of them, whether it be retro shooters like Space Invaders or Galaga, or less retro but still retro shooter StarFox, there’s no denying that spaceship themed shooters can be fun. There are many types of space shooters out there and each has their own unique style of gameplay so there’s probably one type you favor more than others. For me, I’ve always liked 3D space shooters where you’re either behind your space craft or in it and have a decent amount of freedom to move around whether you were on rails or not. Star Fox was one of my favorites as well as games like Star Wars Tie Fighter and X-Wing Fighter. I really like this genre and I’ve been itching for a game like this for my PS Vita. That wait is over as Futuridium EP Deluxe finally came out last week and I’m finally able to play a game I’ve been waiting months for.

Futuridium EP Deluxe is a 3D space shooter in which you pilot your space ship against huge, Goliath sized command ships with the objectives of knocking out its control core and destroying it. It’s a rather simple premise but you’ll find that the gameplay is anything but simple. Futuridium is a challenging shooter that will test your skill, reflexes, and ability to think outside of the box.

Gameplay

Futuridium EP Deluxe is a third person space shooter where the camera is behind your spaceship. It’s similar to something like Starfox in which your spaceship is on rails, but has the freedom to move up, down, left, and right while continuously moving forward. However, one unique aspect is that you can quickly turn back around and move in the opposite direction by tapping the square button on your controller. This is a key element of the gameplay mechanics and you’ll be doing this often in order to complete your objectives.

Your objective is to attack what appear to be complex platforms with blowing blue cubes. These cubes are what you want to shoot at. These platforms are actually huge command ships in space and aren’t just passive objects. Many of the further levels have gun turrets as well as moveable platforms and other obstacles that will try and get in your way. Once you shoot all the blue cubes, the ship’s core will become exposed (white cube with black fog surrounding it) and you must shoot the core to destroy the ship. Once that is done, you move on to the next level. Each new level increases in difficulty obviously and the challenge ramps up pretty high and pretty quickly.

Features:

  • New gameplay modes
  • New levels
  • New game mechanics
  • A graphical overhaul
  • More music
  • More speed
  • More enemies
  • Trophies!
  • New ways to crash and explode in a trillion colorful cubes… did we mention the game is super difficult?
  • Silky smooth 60 frames per second action

One thing of note is that I though the game only featured a behind the back view of your ship, but you can actually switch view points. I accidentally figured this out. All you have to do is hit down to switch views. You can switch how far back you want the camera and you can also set a viewpoint that is inside the ship for a first person view. So far, I think I’m loving the first person view a lot more mainly because it seems to be much easier to gauge where objects are exactly in this view. It also seems a bit easier to navigate too, but that’s just me.

Presentation

This is also another area where Futuridium EP Deluxe excels. The graphics here are simply amazing, although probably not in the usual sense of what some might consider amazing. The graphics here are very geometric with lots of solid colors. It certainly has that retro feel to it, but a much more modern approach to it. Not only that, you’re moving at a pretty quick pace in the game so things whiz by fairly quickly so there’s all these colors and flashing lights moving past causing quite the spectacle on the screen. It’s definitely not the type of game those prone to seizures should be playing, but for the lucky ones, it’s a visual treat.

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Level designs too are very good and can get quite complex. Despite objects having flat surfaces and solid colors, there is a lot of detail in all the level designs and many of them are very creatively built.  What I also love is how the colorful levels are set to the backdrop of the blackness of space. If the background too was colorful, it would just bee too much and make things too hard to see on the screen in terms of where everything is. The black is a very nice contrast and allows you to keep your focus on the level itself.

Another aspect of the game I really enjoy is the music. It’s very techno/trance based and seems to work really well with the trippy, color infused graphics. What’s neat is that you can actually choose which tracks you want to listen too while playing. Just tap left or right on the directional pad and the music will change.

Experience

Futuridium EP Deluxe is a crazy fun game to play. It very much reminds me of StarFox in the way that it plays, though still very different. Graphically it has almost the same type of style where everything is made up of simple geometric shapes and solid colors. I love the retro feel of the game and amazing soundtrack but that’s not all I love about it.

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It is a very challenging game and I really appreciate that. It starts off easy enough but the difficulty certainly does ramp up as you play. I tried playing it in third person view, but I found that I just kept running into platform ceilings and walls way too frequently. It was only after I discovered the ability to go into first person mode that made the game a bit easier to play and more manageable to maneuver around, at least for me. This view makes it easier to center the targeting sights and also know exactly where your ship is in relation to the objects around you.

The only part of the game that some players may not like is the fact that there is quite a bit of grinding in order to unlock more levels and modes. Futuridium uses number of cubes destroyed as a means of unlocking new modes. Also, you start the game off playing Deluxe mode, which has certain conditions to it. Mainly, checkpoints only occur every 10 levels, so if you die before then, you have to start all the way back at the beginning. You do get 1 credit though which allows you at least 1 continue, but it makes Deluxe mode very difficult and repetitive if you can’t get past the 10 level increments.

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Despite this, I had loads of fun playing Futuridium EP Deluxe and still do. I don’t play it on my PS4 really but I have it loaded up on my PS Vita where it seems perfect for that platform. It’s a fun game to play when you want to take a break from life and the levels are challenging enough to keep you interested.

Final Thoughts

Futuridium EP Deluxe is a rather interesting space shooter. The main feature here that will grab your attention first are the graphics and trippy color scheme that goes with them. The other thing that will grab you is how good the soundtrack and how much it fits the game perfectly. Once you get past that, you’ll discover that gameplay is pretty solid. The game is fast, hectic, and very challenging. Yes the game can be quite repetitive if you can’t advance past a certain point, but the unlocking new modes alleviates some of that problem.

Also, I’ve played the iOS version of Futuridium before and this version of the game is far better than the old mobile version. Physical controls definitely make this a much better experience and all the extra modes, upgraded graphics, and music make this the best version of the game yet.

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