SUPERHOT was just released on the PlayStation 4 and OMG how did I not play this sooner?
SUPERHOT FREAKING RULES. It’s like John Wick the game.
SUPERHOT blurs the line between a cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem and in a unique twist, time only moves when you move. Looking around is considered movement, but it only causes timid shifts in time. It forces you to really look at your surroundings and plan carefully. You don’t wanna take a bullet to the ear now, do you?
The game features no health bar, just one hit and it’s game over. Ammo is sparse, and you are always outnumbered and outgunned. Thankfully enemies also only take one bullet to die, though hand to hand combat usually takes three punches. Each level involves a whole lot of trial and error. Once you recognize the bad guys’ patterns you can dance around them killing them gracefully and with style and damn does it ever feel good.
Each chapter is only about ten seconds worth of action but of course, time isn’t moving in real time. It’s moving real slow. Waiting for you to pounce like an unhinged lion. I finished SUPERHOT in about 3 hours but am eager to spend more time with it. The game is littered with secrets that I missed until the very last level. It’s also enjoyable enough to warrant replaying over and over. It might be violent but it sure is calming.
The game does a great job of introducing new weapons and mechanics constantly throughout the game. Just when you think you’ve seen it all the game throws a curveball at you. I found myself on the edge of my seat, eager to try new challenges. For players who can’t get enough of the game, there are also several challenge modes to play.
For how basic SUPERHOT looks I was shocked at how deep the story got. It has a wonderfully weird narrative. The game’s premise is that you the player are accessing an old computer frontend. Take your time with the story and really dig into the menus. There’s a lot hidden under the surface of the IRC client. It’s pretty nerdy and I like it. Finding a mini game called Tree Dude was a great surprise.
The game gets stranger and stranger as you progress eventually playing around with the ideas of software, VR, and if players are really in control of what they are doing. If we play a game like a developer intended, are we really in full control? It’s ending is one of the best I’ve seen and I’m so glad I got to experience it.
SERIOUSLY, why did no one tell me to play this game sooner?!
Honestly, this is one of the best games I’ve played in recent memory. SUPERHOT is an absolutely astonishing game. It’s priced a bit high for how many hours you’ll get out of it, but if you’re in the mood for a truly unique memorable experience this is the game for you.
Happy gaming my friends.
Review Disclaimer: This review was carried out using a digital copy of the game provided by the publisher on a PlayStation 4.