Friday, December 17, 2010
By: Matthew Doucette
Listen to this amazing description of Score Rush:
Without hyperbole, I can safely say that Xona Games’ latest effort is one of the most beautiful SHMUPS I have ever had the pleasure to play.
Oh, and before you accuse me of being pretentious, I should probably mention that it’s also badass.
And, it's bad ass, too. Gotta love that! Here's more (links added by me):
Xona’s packs a serious gamechanger under the hood: the Duality engine that has won awards for technical excellence. The action is fast and smooth, with perfectly-sized hitboxes that allows bullets to be dodged with speed and precision. As you might have already surmised, it also looks absolutely astounding and runs at a blistering consistent 60FPS. An awesome rock sound track compliments the visceral visuals, resulting in an addictive and brutal experience that’s consistently exciting over multiple playthroughs.
Want to see these words in action? Here is my best run so far, a 620 million point run in Score Rush in Expert difficuly:
Score Rush completed in Expert difficulty (spoiler alert).
Xona Games has delivered an absolute masterclass in twinstick shooter design and implementation. Score Rush is pixel-perfect in terms of both visuals and handling, with an epic rock soundtrack that’s designed to get the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing.
Our badge of honor:
Score Rush, the Xbox Indie GOTW!
About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $190,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.