Tuesday Night Spotlight Special: Matterfall | PS4 Gameplay
Tuesday night is (normally!) indie night! This week, I (@piccolo930) fired up developer Housemarque's run-and-gun tour de force, Matterfall. Since Sony published this title, it's technically not an indie game per se, but Housemarque is a developer with an independent spirit about their studio and their titles, so we thought it was still appropriate to feature them in our Tuesday Night Spotlight. Plus, they make kick-ass games that I absolutely adore. That doesn't hurt!
I'm glad we "bent the rules" with the Indie Spotlight this week, because I really enjoyed my time with Matterfall. What I find most interesting about Matterfall is that it's not a "typical" Housemarque title. While many of the studio's standard tropes are here -- sci-fi setting, fast-paced action, score-chasing gameplay, pulsing techno soundtrack -- this is not your average everyday pick-up-and-play Housemarque affair. It was a bit disorienting at first trying to wrap my head around the game's unique control scheme, but by the end of the stream, I felt really good about controlling my character through the game's various stages. As a run-and-gun twin-stick shooter, it makes sense that all of your primary inputs are mapped to the shoulder buttons; your hands should never leave the analog sticks. The action is intense, the soundtrack is vintage Housemarque, and the one boss I faced was admittedly epic. If you give yourself an hour with the game to wrap your head around the way the game controls and its cadence, I think you'll find that you're in for one hell of an action experience. While it may seem a bit odd at first, especially for a Housemarque title, the learning curve is really not that steep at the end of the day. Matterfall is well worth your time and attention from what I've experienced so far. If you've yet to check out Matterfall for yourself, take a look at the video below and see what it's all about!
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Matterfall is available now exclusively on the PS4!