Reviewed on PC
Buy on Steam
SUPERHOT, the new FPS title currently only available on Steam and making its way onto Xbox One sometime in March, is an innovative new IP developed by the creatively-named “SUPERHOT DEVELOPMENT TEAM” that captures the gamer and puts them into what seems like their own personal alternate reality.
The basis of this game is you getting dropped into a world where you kill a bunch of red guys - which seems pretty simple, but there is a catch, like always. SUPERHOT is unlike any game I’ve ever played before. It has nothing necessarily special to bring to the table in terms of graphics, but lucky for SUPERHOT DEVELOPMENT TEAM, I don’t think graphics weigh down a game as long as the story has weight. It has no difficulty settings, making it ideal for the gamer who loves a challenge.
It starts very easy, with little to no plot, and gets progressively harder, although I did not believe this would be a story-filled game anyway. Campaign mode is essential, and believe or not, the game is very much a strategy game as well as a first-person shooter. You can be dropped in a room with no weapons and a briefcase to be surrounded by enemies loaded with shotguns and assault rifles. One interesting feature of the game is that time only moves when you do, making it a very Matrix-y shooter in that sense. You can dodge bullets and eject the enemy’s weapons from their hands and use it to your advantage moments later. You will die time and time again, but you will learn who to take out first through trial-and-error.
SUPERHOT will take a toll on your mind, making you think about everything around you, but you will love this game if you’re into giving new IPs a shot. $25 for a short yet compelling story mode may seem like quite a bit - I mean, you can beat the story in no more than 4 hours if you catch onto the mechanics quickly. I was quick to forgive the steep price tag once I beat the story, since you then unlock SUPERHOT's endless mode upon completion and are thrown a variety of different challenge levels, along with the option to repeat any of the story missions if you so desire. I would recommend this game to just about anyone from amateurs to experts in first-person shooters. It is one of the best games I have played in the past five to six years.
- Dakota G.