Xotic is the very definition of an underrated and misunderstood title. Many gamers didn't managed to connect with it, since it's technically a Pac-Man esque hectic puzzler disguised as a futuristic FPS. Thrilling point attacks and cerebral strategies await those with an open mind, and now you can pick it up for next to nothing thanks to Desura's launch sale.
In case you've never heard of Desura, they're a digital download service that prioritises indie games and mods.
Developer: WXP Games
As we recently lamented in a feature article, the holiday gaming schedule is a fickle and troublesome mistress who delights in letting smaller, innovative titles slip under our collective radars. Though I'm currently hard at work judging that... modern war franchise everyone seems to be so excited about... it's important that we take some time out to discuss a thoroughly interesting indie proposition that launched on Steam at the beginning of the winter glut.
Upon starting Xotic and playing a couple of rounds, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's a little on the simplistic side. Players assume the role of an alien enforcer on the trail of a planet-smashing Orb, tasked with restoring the worlds it's destroyed and eventually bringing his nemesis to justice. This essentially boils down to a large selection of colourful arenas infested with imaginatively designed enemies, each of which needs to be eliminated to unlock the level goal in as short a time as possible. The FPS action is fast and frantic - with an exceptional level of verticality granted by deployable holographic platforms and flying powerups - but most traditional shooter fans will be initially underwhelmed.
But that's because Xotic isn't a traditional shooter. Rather, it's a horrendously addictive score-attacking puzzler that has more in common with Pac-Man and classic 2D shoot 'em ups than anything the FPS scene has to offer.Click here to read more...
WXP Games have revealed a new FPS for Xbox Live Arcade, and by the looks of things, it's kicking the drab brown genre conventions straight to the kerb. Xotic is a cross between standard shooters and score-hunting arcade thrills; packaged in an incredibly colourful art style and "bio-organic environments." Full details below.Click here to read more...