- System: Steam (PC), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
- Publisher: Wild River Games
- Developer: Threaks
- Release Date: Oct. 17, 2019
- Rating:T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Indie
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://wildriver.games/en/games/battle-planet
Who it Caters to
Even if you haven’t played any of the games that inspired Battle Planet - Judgement Day, the game still caters to players that want something truly challenging and that aren’t afraid to lose again and again and again. Battle Planet - Judgement Day is punishing, with the bullets and bombs never-ending. That’s exactly what makes the game special, and makes it what it is! It’s an overwhelming, crazy bullet hell game with a sci-fi setting meant to challenge gamers and offer non-stop action. Players that are up to the challenge and interested in an arcade-style, top-down shooter are the exact audience that Battle Planet - Judgement Day is looking for.
What to Expect
Beyond the base gameplay, you can also expect a cool soundtrack made by the mind behind Bioshock’s music. You can expect cool, sci-fi levels that are appropriately grungy and edgy to suit the game’s atmosphere. There are also plenty of weird monsters to face, planets to explore, and weapons to unlock. There’s even a bit of story to keep you motivated and set the stage for the entire game. If you’re a fan of this genre of game, you can definitely expect a lot of entertainment from Battle Planet - Judgement Day. It may be hard but in the end, it’s all in good fun.
The story in Battle Planet - Judgement Day is present, and it does give you the narrative at the start to set the stage for the game. However, Battle Planet - Judgement Day is not a story-heavy game. It does not focus that much on the narrative at all. It’s about destroying enemies and trying not to die, so the gameplay itself takes precedence. The background narrative is just there to give a reason behind what you are doing, not as the focus.
Battle Planet - Judgement Day is meant to be hard to beat and isn’t shy about advertising itself as such. You’ll be playing and dying over and over again for sure. But Battle Planet - Judgement Day does feature local co-op play, so at least you can die with friends if you want! However, with each kill, you will grow stronger and stronger. So every time you die, you also come back more powerful. And eventually, you can defeat your enemies and keep on progressing! Battle Planet - Judgement Day features Steam achievements as well so you can show off all your accomplishments to your friends.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Battle Planet - Judgement Day is nostalgic without feeling dated. It uses gameplay elements from classic and beloved rogue-lite games without being frustrating or clunky.
- The colours and graphics are great. The game is really bright and colourful to give it a really retro-science fiction feel that suits the genre.
- Garry Schyman did a great job with the soundtrack, delivering fast-paced music that adds to the intensity of each stage and makes the situation feel even more desperate.
- The progression system in Battle Planet - Judgement Day is great. Every time you’re defeated you become stronger until eventually, you can overcome the enemies that defeat you. It’s a classic rogue-lite tactic and works great in this game.
- The game wastes no time getting started. You can load it up and already be doing a run within about one minute with no cutscenes or dialogue to have to sit through for people that just want to play.
- Battle Planet - Judgement Day may be seen by some players as being just too difficult. It’s important going into it to understand that you’re going to lose many times before you win, but it can still be too punishing for some gamers.
- Battle Planet - Judgement Day is really hard to play with a keyboard and mouse. It’s designed to be played using dual-analog sticks on a controller to move the map and also aim, so its difficulty is only heightened for players that don’t have a controller for their computer. Even though we tried playing it with a keyboard and mouse, the game still gave some controller commands on the screen instead of keyboard ones.
- There isn’t a huge variety of different enemies, so as you play, you see the same ones over and over again. Multiply that by how many times you’re likely to replay levels before moving on and it risks getting too repetitive.
- It is quite hard to unlock the other convicts to play as and forces you to start with a male one. If you want to play as a female character, you have to wait to try to unlock her rather than just letting you choose who you start as.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Have you played Battle Planet - Judgement Day yet or have you been considering playing it? Did you think the game lived up to the games it cited as its inspiration? What part of Battle Planet - Judgement Day are you most excited to experience for yourself? Drop us a comment below before you leave!