When I first heard of the concept of Booster Trooper, I was very intrigued. Basically they took a death match game, and turned it an all out death brawl, similar to Super Smash Brothers for the Wii. Only this time, DNS Development added guns in place of silly weapons. Not to mention tons of gore to go with it.
There is no story what-so-ever to Booster Trooper other than your a guy who seems to love killing things. What you do in the game is very much brawl style. You spawn, take out enemies, and try not to die. Meanwhile everything is going crazy on the screen as 14 other players are flying and shooting trying to score. It really does make for a very fun game.
I played with the Games for Windows controller, during my time with this game and it was very easy to catch on to. Right thumb stick aims your gun; Left thumb stick moves your character. Back trigger button is for shooting, right bumper for grenades, and finally the left bumper for hover pack. (Your character reloads automatically, however you can use the X button to reload.) This is the standard layout for this type of game.
Fans of Shadow Complex will notice similarities in the art style of this game. It is 3D Backgrounds, with 2D foregrounds making it a primary 2D experience. The graphics are very crisp and clean at full 1920x1080 resolution, making even text in the background easy to read. For instance you can see what billboards in a dilapidated background say. It all goes very well with the game itself.
Joining up a game is fairly easy. You are presented with a screen where you may choose your color and sexual orientation. You are also allowed to pick which weapons you want for your character. You may have one primary weapon, one secondary weapon and a grenade. I personally chose the rocket launcher because I love blowing things up, but there are weapons there for everyone.
The sound is a semi-techno audio mix that is playing in the background through out the whole time. However with all the noise that is being made on screen, you never really get a chance to listen to it. As a whole the game sounds great as a 2D Shooter should. You can hear rockets whiz by and each gun seems to have its own sound.
The biggest glaring flaw in this game is though it is a multiplayer game. At press time there were ZERO games happening. Due to this I was unable to play an online game to actually test my skills and had to go against bots the whole review. Though if I were to play online I would have to say it should be a very fun experience. That can't actually be held against the game either as it just came out less than 2 days ago, with little fanfare as it is an Indie game.
If you are looking for a good Deathmatch or Team Deathmatch time, this game is the game for you. It has multiple levels, multiple weapons, and is overall very fun to play. I could imagine this game coming out on XBLA and being one of the biggest hits on the system for a time, and I hope that actually happens because this is a great title.
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