Can you help save the last humans? Find out what it's like to play this frenetic shoot 'em up.
Next generation shoot 'em up
You play as a lone fighter pilot in a nightmarish future where the remnants of humanity have been imprisoned by the Sentients, a sinister alien race bent on enslaving the universe. The only thing standing between these intergalactic bullies and their ultimate goal is you - and an arsenal of space-age weaponry.
One thing you'll notice when you first play RESOGUN is the unfaltering attention to detail. Every level, piece of terrain and ship has been built out of millions of cubes that deteriorate as each battle rages on.
You'll see chunks of monolithic buildings cascading all around you as downed ships speed out of control. Meanwhile the continuous explosions and neon laser blasts light up the menacing structures at the centre of each showdown.
The sheer amount of things happening on-screen at any time is made possible by the tube-like levels. It gives you a constant reminder of the build-up of enemies about to strike, or when an escaped human is about to be abducted, all of which adds an original and tactical twist to the genre.
Finger on the trigger
The side-scrolling, wrap around levels give RESOGUN a distinct easy-to-learn, yet fiendishly difficult to master, feel. Waves of enemies attack in their own unique patterns - some fire random projectiles, others aim heat-seekers, while a handful favour an all-or-nothing kamikaze approach. Different tactics are suited to the various scenarios and you'll soon learn when it's best to boost through a group of attackers or unleash a devastating Overdrive attack, or when the blanket destruction of a bomb is the only thing that'll cut it.
Your objective in each outing is to rescue a handful of humans imprisoned by the Sentients. When the speaker on your DUALSHOCK®4 announces a group of "Keepers" has arrived, you have to find and destroy the squadron and a prisoner will make a break for it. Deliver them to one of two beacons and you'll be rewarded with an extra life, weapon upgrade or bonus points.
Challenge a friend or cause mayhem together
Setting a high score and then challenging your friends to beat it, is undoubtedly where RESOGUN will keep you coming back for more.
The multiplier is the key factor in setting a world-beating high score - each enemy you take down will add to your multiplier and as it ticks over, every point you gain will be worth more. Be careful though, if a couple of seconds pass without hitting a foe, your hard-earned multiplier will reset back to zero.
Each of the various difficulty settings have a different multiplier cap, meaning a harder difficulty can result in more points - if you can stay alive.
If you'd prefer to team up with a friend rather than duel it out, then the two-player online co-op mode is made for you. Take to the skies with your wingman in all of the single-player levels - and fear not, there are plenty of extra enemies to go around, not to mention the specific trophies and leaderboards to aim for.