Menu

PAX East 2019: Anew

The world, destroyed. Twenty years later, you wake up on an alien planet with your co-pilot missing. You need answers, and the only way you’re gonna get them is some good-old fashioned 2D metroidvania. I can’t completely comment on the level design, because in order to create the demo they had to funnel players through a specific path, but the demo gave me a look at some creative and visually appealing environments from the ship, an underground cave, a lake, and a desert. I’m sure that it’ll be even more rewarding when I get to find and explore the levels myself.

What I can comment on is the action. Your player character moves pretty damn slow. The best way of movement I found is to chain together ground slides, which completely ignores whatever slope your character is on and you can start a new slide as soon as the last one ends by tapping the button, so it lets you move much faster than walking. On top of sliding, you can also double jump, use a jetpack, and wall climb. The jetpack physics feel a little wonky, and there’s definitely a trick to getting it to move faster than normal, but I’ll never complain about a jetpack and it’s fun to use to fly over enemies.

The demo gave me two guns to play with, a repeater and a shotgun, with the promise of more in the full game. Switching between them is easy enough, and makes up for their situational natures. You also get a shield, so combat gives you a lot of options on how to battle your enemy, letting you jump over them, face them head on, and block their attacks. The developers were very proud of their vehicles, and with good reason, the rover was pretty fun to use and I also got to stomp around in a giant mech thing. The mech is one of the slowest things in the world, but it shoots a giant laser canon, so I’ll forgive it.

Anew is planned to launch first on PC, and then on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One in early 2020.

No comments

Leave a Reply

Newsletter

SuperEpic: The Entertainment War Review – More Like Slightly Epic

SuperEpic: The Entertainment War is a Metroidvania-style game developed by Undercoders and published by Numskull Games. Undercoders are best known for their 2016 release, Conga Masters, and before that, they…

December 5, 2019, 162
Image captured from Sparklite. Depicts player in ancient ruins encountered after each boss fight

Sparklite Review: A Roguelite with Emphasis on the Lite

Sparklite is an isometric action-adventure rogue-lite developed by Red Blue Games. Previously a mobile developer, this is Red Blue’s first effort on consoles. As such, Sparklite does have some elements…

December 2, 2019, 159
Super Mario Maker 2 update

“Legendary Update” Coming to Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 already has massive amounts of content compared to its already-impressive predecessor, and for the first time since release, Nintendo’s dropping a major content update. First up,…

December 2, 2019, 100

The Grand Tour Game Review – Thru The Aphex

Honestly, Top Gear ten years ago was unstoppable.   The charisma and stupidity which oozed from the musings and adventures that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May went on, and it…

November 30, 2019, 211
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Top 10 Games of 2014 – The Year of Nintendo

  2014 marked the first full year of the current console generation, but somehow, Nintendo found a way to overshadow that and put out hit after hit on the WiiU…

November 27, 2019, 169
Image from Star Wars Jed: Fallen Order. Depicts protagonist Cal Kestis charging at an AT AT with is lighstsaber in hand

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is Selling Like Hotcakes, Sequel Likely on the way.

Today, EA announced that its recently released Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the fastest-selling digital Star Wars game within the first two weeks of release. They also disclosed that Star…

November 27, 2019, 252

The Ultimate 2019 Holiday Game Compilation

Black Friday is right around the corner and with it comes an exorbitant amount of new games to buy for the holiday season. Wallets around the world tremble at the…

November 25, 2019, 292

Personal Top 10 Sinnoh Pokemon

I took a break last week to dive right into Pokemon Sword and Shield, but now we’re back with the Sinnoh list! Just like with the last three lists, this list…

November 24, 2019, 279

New PlayStation Controller Design Patent Revealed

We’re approximately a year away before the next-generation consoles hit store shelves and it appears we have received our first glimpse of the next DualShock controller. A recent patent emerged from…

November 20, 2019, 283
Sonic X promotional poster showing characters from the series facing the onlooker

Sonic X is Coming to Netflix in December

Any Sonic the Hedgehog fan who grew up in the early 2000s are in for a nostalgic treat come December 1 because Sonic X is coming to Netflix in North America,…

November 20, 2019, 364