Sony’s State of Play presentation last night was actually pretty good. we has a release date for the adorable cat game on July 19th Stray, Resident Evil 4 Remake turned out to be a real thing coming next yearand Final Fantasy XVI showed lush gameplay. There was some really solid stuff there. But among all the high-profile sequels and anticipated remakes was one game I didn’t see coming: an extreme rollerblading game called rollerdrom developed by OlliOlli world Creator Roll7. And holy shit, this game looks damn good!
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rollerdrom is a third-person action shooter. It sounds commonplace, and it can be at times, but Roll7 took that standard premise and added a cool twist: extreme rollerblading stuffed with quarterpipes and metal railings (called deal with) can trick you. So what you end up with is a fluid, momentum-based shooter that seems to mix elements jet set radio, My friend Pedroand Tony Hawk’s professional skater in a slim package.
That’s the key selling point for me: the fusion of genres. Momentum shooter like demise, while exhilarating, rely almost entirely on their FPS underpinnings to carry the weight. The frenetic first-person game from Devolver Digital Boomerang X It built on the foundation of id Software and implemented slowdown mechanisms to make you think about enemy positioning in relation to your own, but still felt constrained by sticking to the FPS genre. I haven’t played rollerdrom
I mean that cel-shaded, almost comic-like art style. That pounding synth soundtrack from the ’80s. The variety of environments and weapons and enemies. And then all the tricks when the skater spins around and fills jerks with bullets while collecting gold coins… or something. There’s even a tricktionary for learning new moves if you want to get a higher score – or just look even cooler by performing flashier maneuvers. The collision of all these elements looks and sounds complicated. It also seems like a blast, a game that’s likely to be both exciting and unnerving. I’m here for every result.
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Luckily we don’t have to wait too long to find out. rollerdrom Coming to PC, PS4 and PS5 on August 19th. It will also launch on “other consoles” but not until February 16th, 2023. Sorry Nintendo and Xbox.