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Sebastion Mauldin

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Replikator Review

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When it comes to Roguelike and Roguelite games I always judge whether they are good or not by one question: “Does it make me yearn for one more turn after I die?” The latest game that attempts to make its mark in an increasingly congested Roguelike genre is Replikator. So is this a memorable entry in that genre? Should you play Replikator?

 Let’s dive into It. 

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Gameplay:

This game plays like most twinstick shooters. You use one analog stick to aim and the other to move around. You can unlock different guns and upgrades by obtaining and spending the in-game currency that you earn on each run. After a while, you’ll have a solid variety of guns at your disposal, perks, and abilities at your disposal. 

Replikator gameplay loop is straightforward. You pick one of the four characters to play as you then pick up your random power-up and secondary gun and you go to work to try to rid each station aka level of enemies. To beat a level you have to find the access card to use at the terminal that we’ll take you to the next available station. 

Each run will see you complete two levels before taking on a boss. There are 4 bosses in the game. Each boss fight is fun and satisfying offering a achievable challenge to overcome. 

The most important thing that I will say about the gameplay is that it’s fun. While I’ve enjoyed other twin-stick Roguelikes more like Doomed to Hell, Replikator Is still a highly enjoyable experience and a game I could see myself causally playing even after the credits roll. 

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Additional Pros:

The game’s environment, soundtrack, and artsyle are solid. While most of the game takes place in space stations that could be perceived as the same environments we are given a fair amount of scenery, enemies, and lighting elements to make each area feels different enough. The soundtrack has a few good tracks. Maybe a bit too techy for my personal taste, but it fits the theme of the game so well.

Another pro worth shouting out is the enemy variety in this game. Just when I thought I’d seen all the enemies there were you beat a boss and you introduced to a slew of new ones. There are plenty of robots that have so many attacks that you always feel in danger and have to stay on the move. Dodging these attacks are the best aspect of the game.

Another aspect that might appeal to some is that you can get all the achievements or the platinum trophy in a day. It is a well-thought-out and fun trophy list that only requires you to just play the game.

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Cons:

This indie isn’t pick-up and play-friendly by any means. You have to really learn the mechanics and controls to see any level of success. This is due to the fact that this game’s tutorial system isn’t great. It tells you how things work but doesn’t tell you which button on your controller goes with that mechanic. It’s more that it provides tips like ” You are invulnerable when you use dash. Use Dash to avoid enemies and obstacles.” That’s solid info but it doesn’t tell you how to dash. You have to press the buttons and figure it out. Or find it in the start menu. 

Another con of the game is that there isn’t a nuanced narrative here nor does it create a connection to the game’s playable characters. Each character has special traits and abilities, but no personality to go with those traits. It’s unfortunate because the character’s designs are interesting.

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Overall/Should you Play Replikator:

If you are looking for a fun twin-stick shooting rouge-like game yes check this game out. Despite the flaws like its lack of narrative, its tutorial system, and its learning curve, it’s a fun time and a worthy addition to the roguelike genre. If you’re looking for a game that you can enjoy and beat in a weekend then you should check out Replikator. 

Where should Replikator fit in your video game backlog list:

Here at the ProNerd Report and on the Single Player Experience Podcast, we practice the 10 games backlog rule. In this practice, you log down 10 games, those games are gonna be your video game backlog. To be as productive as you possibly can be, we recommend that you only play three games at one time. One single player narrative game, one game that’s gonna be your chill and relaxed game, and another game that’s going to be your palate cleanser game, which is a game that you play when you’re not in the mood for your other narrative. When you complete or get tired of one game, it leaves the backlog list. Then you decide which new game is added to the list, and which game on the list advances to your active three games.

Replikator- This game doesn’t feature a story strong enough to be in your primary narrative slot, but it’s perfect as a chill and relax or palet cleaner game. Once you get the controls and mechanics down it’s a fun pick-and-play game. This is a solid chill and relax game. 

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Reviewed on Xbox Series X\S
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Sebastion Mauldin

Replikator Review

TYPE OF GAME

Twin Stick Shooter, Indie, Roguelike

LIKED

Gameplay, Addictive Loop,

DISLIKED

The Tutorial System, The Lack of Narrative

DEVELOPER

R_Games, Ratalaika Games S.L.

PLATFORMS

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One

RELEASE DATE

August 12, 2021

Overall Rating:

7/10