Not for those with slow reflexes!
If you’re someone that enjoys side scrolling action games then you may enjoy Matterfall. However, we’d like to highlight two things – the game isn’t very long and can be beaten in about 4 to 5 hours (we’ve heard that some have beaten it under three hours during their first play through) and secondly, there is little reason for you to play this game a second time unless you are one that wants to rule the leaderboard. So, spending Rs 2,000 on a game that will last less than 5 hours is a bit too much.
Matterfall is a 2D side scrolling twin-stick shooting game. You use one of the analogue sticks to move your character, and the other to fire the gun. One shoulder button is used to jump and the other to dash. One trigger is used to generate Blue Matte and the other trigger is used to fire the secondary weapon. The D-Pad can be used to select specific weapons like grenades and more. The way the controls are laid out will take some time to get accustomed to. There are times when we found ourselves wanting to perform a particular action but got confused as to what we needed to do. It could just be old age catching up to us, but we’d like to say that the controls aren’t traditional and take time to master.
The dash ability is quite cool. When you dash, you are temporarily invulnerable to most attacks and also stun your enemies. Thanks to this, you can have hundreds of enemies on screen and when you dash and shoot, planning your attack, it looks very cool. Like we’ve said before, the controls never feel like second nature and it takes some getting used to. Once you get a hang of the controls, the game can be fun.
There are also boss fights thrown into the mix and they are quite challenging. You will have to master jumping, dashing, shooting, grenade launching, matter gunning, your special abilities, the highest level of human reflexes possible and maybe pray to God a bit along the way to beat the bosses in the game.
There aren’t any puzzles to be solved in the game. Just tricky platforming sections that can be considered as a break between all the heated action. There are activities like rescuing civilians and in your first play through. We encourage you to find them as they are the ones with the key to powering up your abilities.
Overall, Matterfall’s gameplay can be classified as a reflex tester and can be fun once you get the hang of it. Although, the platforming sections aren’t challenging nor exciting.
Audio and Graphics
Coming to the soundtrack, the game has a really good one. The heavy metal score coupled with the sound of your gun, enemies and bombs exploding is exhilarating. The music will keep you at the edge of your seat, but when you enter the platforming section, the temp doesn’t reduce, so there is no variation in the tempo of the music.
When it comes to graphics, the game is absolutely gorgeous and silky smooth. There was only one moment when we felt the frame rate drop, but apart from that, the game was smooth as butter. Be it the PS4 or PS4 pro, the vibrant colours and exploding enemies will look like a Diwali skyline full of firecrackers.
Overall, Matterfall isn’t for everyone. If you are one that enjoys a fast-paced side scrolling shooter, then yes you can consider it, but the lifespan of the game and lack of replay value (unless you are a leaderboard junkie) won’t do justice to the investment. We recommend waiting for the price to fall below Rs 1,000 before purchasing.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform: PS4 and PS4 Pro
Price: Rs. 2000
If you are looking for a fast-paced shooter with no platforming, then you may want to consider Housemarque’s 2013 PS4 exclusive – Resogun. If you are looking for a twin stick shooter for your PS4, then you can also check out Alienation, again developed by Housemarque. Even today, they are value for money games for the genre they cater to.
|Colourful and vibrant visuals
Fast paced action
Controls aren’t easy to get used to
Low replay value
Platforming segments between the action are lacklustre
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.