More Reviews
REVIEWS Dragon Ball XENOVERSE Review
Bandai Namco resurrects the DB fighting franchise without the use of a Dragon Ball. Are the new features worth the sacrifice in combat depth?

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Review
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is adorably cute but frustrating to play.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Danganronpa Another Episode: Ult Preview
At NIS America's press event, the publisher revealed the third-person action side story to the Danganronpa series.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Resident Evil Revelations 2
Release date: Out Now

Dragon Ball XenoVerse
Release date: Out Now

Screamride
Release date: 03/03/15

BLADESTORM: Nightmare (working title)
Release date: 03/17/15


LATEST FEATURES Developer Spotlight: Square Enix
Past, present, future.

Final Fantasy - Old Games With Grandpa Heath
I revisit the first Final Fantasy game, recount what made it special, and tell you why it wasn't final (answer: money).

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437
A Means to Disseminate Honest-to-God Leaks
By oblivion437
Posted on 02/02/15
Wikileaks, though technically not a wiki, provides an easy means to disseminate information that some find it desirable to share against the wishes of those who find it desirable to keep secret. Aside from the morality of the leaking itself, such a service provides a look into the activities of...

Awesomenauts Review

KevinS By:
KevinS
05/14/12
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE MOBA 
PLAYERS 1- 6 
PUBLISHER DTP Entertainment 
DEVELOPER Romino Games 
RELEASE DATE  
T Contains Violence, Blood, Use of Tobacco

What do these ratings mean?

2D domination for a modern age.


I'm a bit wary of online-only titles. What if I can't connect to the Webbernet? What if I have no friends? Why do I have so many concerns and why don't I just play the damn game already and stop typing the thoughts that enter my mind? Thank you, voice in my head, I'll download Awesomenauts and give it a shot!

In a flurry of claw-swipes and short-range gunshot wounds, Awesomenauts is the embodiment of a two-dimensional landscape with Fat Princess battlecries… minus the munchies. First, you choose one of the variety of characters, each with a specialty, and choose from a group of 20 power-ups to offer your fighter in the middle of battle (three can be chosen from each category, so only 12 are available during a match). With six fighters, it's surprising that each does feel genuinely unique, but they all stand on their own.



It's a cliché among games of this style, but it does appear to be a cartoon. As its primary focus is online play, the single-player "Practice" mode is easily beaten most every time it's played. I guess that works for a warm-up, and if you've downloaded the game, the assumption is you can play it online, but it's something to be wary of if you're like me and your connection is in jeopardy. The single-player practice mode is just that: practice. It offers very little challenge, so it's time to find some friends.

I would've liked more maps to play from the onset, even unlockable ones, but it's apparent that this is a title that upgrades over time. With the slim pickings of battlegrounds to start (only three or four by my count) it's easy to figure out attack strategies just from the first moments of being fired out of a rocket ship to the planet below. I can understand prepping a game like this for DLC, but really? It's a bit reminiscent of what gamers went through with Ridge Racer Vita, but thankfully not for a full-price retail product.



Thankfully, there's a ton of strategy with the characters already in the game. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses, almost to the point of "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock" (but with one more, maybe Sylar from Heroes?). I would've liked some matchmaking since regular players might be intimidated to play much after a few rounds with some of the devout runners I've found, but it's a satisfying win if you can pull it out (especially when the hardcore bastards constantly taunt you after killing your sprite). Rub their nose in itI sure as hell did!

While Awesomenauts is a basic gameattack and destroyit's a great online-only brawler to share with friends.  I do worry about when the shininess starts to tarnish, as they'll need to update this consistently to keep players playing, but it's a good start especially for only 800 MS points.

Code provided by publisher. Review based on Xbox 360 version.
Awesomenauts
fullfullfullfullempty
  • Easy to pick up
  • Deep, yet simple, combat
  • Drop-in, drop-out battles
  • Bare, but DLC incoming
  • Very limited number of maps
Reviews by other members
No member reviews for the game.


Tags:   XBLA, PSN

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Awesomenauts
Also known as: awesome nauts


More On GameRevolution