Game Title: Crimsonland
Developed By: 10tons
Published By: 10tons
Released: November 24, 2017
Available On: Android, Apple, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: First Person, Arcade, Role-Playing, Multiplayer.
ESRB Rating: Teen for blood and gore, Violence
Number of Players: One Player
Strong Points: Lots of replay value, many variations of guns, perks and powerups. Multiple game modes.
Weak Points: Graphics are basic, may be too hard for some people
Thank you to 10tons for giving me a review copy!
Crimsonland is the perfect title for this game. You will literally paint the land blood red from all the enemies you kill. I have played this game previously on the PS4 and have to say that the whole game has been ported over. Crimsonland is a perfect fit for Nintendo’s new console. If you enjoy fast action, guns, and lots of blood, this twin stick shooter is for you.
Crimsonland gives you two modes to play in, though the quest mode is the only option available when you first launch the game. Quest mode has sixty levels, no story, and that is perfectly fine. You are a solider, deserted on some alien planet that will try to kill you by throwing its aliens, lizards, zombies, and spiders at you. The quest mode serves the purpose of unlocking various weapons, perks, and survival game modes. Gameplay in the story mode consists of mostly running around a level and blasting dozens and dozens of enemies. If you succeed in killing all the enemies, you will be rewarded with a perk, gun, or survival game mode. The enemies are all varied in their attacks and speed. There are beetles that come in groups, but are average speed. Zombies are slow, but there will often be large groups of them, which makes them dangerous. In later levels enemies start to shoot back. You will die, often, but that is part of the fun. Each and every enemy explodes with body parts and blood that stain the ground. Killing the various enemies is very satisfying. It would be fun just killing the enemies and just surviving, but Crimsonland adds RPG elements that take the gameplay to another level. Each enemy that is killed gives you experience and eventually you level up where you get to choose one of four randomly chosen perks. These stack on each other each time you level up, and they give you advantages so you can get through the level. There are over fifty perks to unlock! Wisdom must be used when selecting your perks, as choosing poorly can lead to you dying early on. Some of my favorite perks are: Radioactive, which damages enemies as they get close to you, Mr. Melee, which gives you the ability to damage monsters when they hit you, and Telekinetic, that uses your mind to pull the power-ups towards your character. Enemies will drop various power-ups and weapons that you have unlocked. There are over thirty guns to unlock and are all different from each other. You can only have one weapon at a time, so choose wisely when an enemy drops a different gun. Perks are dropped randomly when you kill an enemy. Freeze lets you freeze all enemies in blocks of ice for a few seconds, Movement lets you move faster, and the Nuke pickup when touched, blows up enemies. These are just a few of the power-ups that are in the game. In every level you can earn a gold star if you complete the level without taking any damage.
Most people will blast through the quest mode quickly, but the survival mode is where there is huge replay value, and where you will spend most of your time; unless you are collecting gold stars in the story mode. All Survival modes have leader boards, so you can compare your top score with people from around the world or with your friends score. The first mode you unlock is called Survival and you use the perks and weapons you have unlocked in Quest mode to see how long you can survive against the endless waves of enemies. In Rush mode, you must survive with only your assault rifle. That means no perks, no power-ups and no new weapons. The only good thing is that you do not have to waste precious seconds reloading your gun and you can just let loose a constant stream of bullets. Weapon Picker mode gives you limited ammo, and random weapons will spawn on the map. You will run around and each gun you pick up only has one clip of ammo, so you must make those shots count. Power-ups will spawn in the game mode, but you get no perks. Nukefism is hardcore giving you no weapons. You must survive with only power-ups and no perks. This was difficult to last long in. Blitz is the last survival mode and is just like survival, but taken up to ten! There are over twenty achievements to earn. Let’s just say there are some hidden secrets as well to uncover.
The graphics are basic, but the blood when the enemy explodes is awesome! The enemies are all varied as well as each chapter’s levels. They simplify the graphics, so you can focus on the fast action gameplay. The sound is what you would expect, with rock and heavy metal tracks playing in the background as you slaughter endless enemies. Each gun sounds and feels different. By feels, I mean the addition of making use of the Switch’s HD-Rumble, really makes the guns vibrate differently and add to the immersion of the game. The game always runs smoothly, even when there are a hundred enemies or more on the screen at once. The controls are spot on and work as you would expect. If you have multiple controllers, you can even play with three friends locally!
The quest mode will have you unlocking things, and the survival mode will keep you coming back for more. The challenge is there, and you will die, but this arena style twin stick shooter is a fantastic, bloody, good time.
Score: 84 %