Awesomenauts Assemble! - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

30 January 2015

Also on:

PS4 Xbox One

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Also on USA.
7.5

Summary:

Awesomenauts Assemble! are bringing awesomeness back in this cartoon styled platform shooter. Blast off into a star-spanning conflict in the year 3587 where huge robot armies are locked in an enduring stalemate. In their bid for galactic supremacy, they call upon the most powerful group of mercenaries in the universe: the Awesomenauts. Take control of the highly customisable and upgradable Awesomenauts, each with their own attacks and skills. Get ready for face-melting battles on exotic planets and alien spaceships.

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Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 3GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 44 Hours
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available
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Posted:
2015-10-11

Den_Merry

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PS4

7.4

Awesomenauts Assemble was released for the PS4 last March, 2014 and exists as an online 2D platformer battler. Slotted into the MOBA genre, this game pits two teams of 3 different players against one another in a battle to the death. The MOBA genre has been climbing steadily higher in higher in popularity thanks to Major League Gaming and with titles like DOTA and LoL leading the way we don’t see it fading any time soon. All of that is to say that Awesomenauts Assemble has pretty stiff competition to win over. We picked up a copy for our PS4 after enjoying the previous iteration of the title. We weren’t sold off of just the trailer and wanted to get up close with it ourselves.

The original Awesomenauts found its way to consoles back in 2012. The title was the first time that console owners really got their hands on a MOBA style game in a real way. The original Awesomenauts mixed conventional MOBA stylings with the trappings of Metal Slug and it opened the genre in a new way, giving PS3 fans a new IP to buy into and a franchise to believe in. With the success of the first title we held in our hearts a fear that the sophomore release wouldn’t live up to expectations. Still, there was a two year gap for the developers to work out the kinks and we dove in with abandon. We found a game that was wider in scope and deeper than before with new additional characters, nicer textures, better netcode, and an array of new battle maps.

With new characters in tow it stood to reason that the game would have to be rebalanced and thankfully that happened here. In Awesomenauts the original there were severe balance issues as certain classes and characters were OP. Having overpowered characters in a MOBA completely destroys the system and limits the fun that everyone else can have. For the most part those issues have been fixed and they are all a joy to play. The only issue we had was with the Healer class which was better off utilized in a support capacity.

Controls in the game are as tight and fluid as ever and the conventional set up hasn’t changed much. The biggest difference is that you can now use your right thumb stick in order to aim. You aren’t looking at twin stick shooter mechanics yet but this addition definitely pushes the title in that direction. You still have to hit the box button to shoot and it allows you to get more accurate shots off than the prior system was. Surprisingly our kill scores went up considerably because our gunshots were quite a bit more satisfying and accurate.

Awesomenauts Assemble requires you to have an internet connection in order to play because the only modes are in the multiplayer variety. This can be worrisome as lag issues and connectivity problems always seem to plague these console type games but that wasn’t the case here. The developers worked hard on their netcode and lag isn’t near the issue that it used to be. What we have is a solid online experience that has made the game easy to drop into and play without waiting around or losing a match to connection problems. Matchmaking is completely revitalized and updated with a system that puts you into rooms based on your skill level. You aren’t going to drop into any more semi-pro rooms as a newb. This is a marked improvement that should keep beginning players in the game longer.

From a graphical perspective what we have here is a rehash of the initial title. The art is a little bit nicer and the animations are a little bit smoother but they aren’t really given much time to be appreciated with the action so frantic. Despite having tons of action on screen all at once you are never seeing dropped frames or animations and everything works silky smooth. With that being said, this doesn’t look like a PS4 game. In fact it looks pretty oldschool with the only caveat being that nothing from an older era would run as smooth or interesting as this game does.

The soundtrack is also the same as in the original game. The crazy and zany announces are back and the soundtrack skips from rap to country to rock beat after beat. The vibe we got from the game was some sort of cartoon from the early '00s Fox Box, crazy cartoonish and desperate to win your approval through any means necessary. It doesn’t ever get serious because it never wants to get that way and we are totally fine with that outcome. It’s nice to have some lighter fare amidst all of the grim and gritty titles that are hitting shelves nowadays.

Death comes quick and harsh once you get playing and especially against experienced opponents. You tend to find your enemies clumped together in groups so it behooves you to stick near your allies. You can’t really go Rambo in Awesomenauts Assemble because there are too many ways to die without someone watching your back. You can aim to be a support class or a tank class and either way you’ll have a lot of fun. We enjoyed hanging back as a healer and spamming our allies while they went in and dealt some high caliber DPS. Turrets can be problematic however so keep an eye out for them.

If you find that the game is moving too fast for you, you can spend some time in the offline training mode. This is a practice map that allows you to get accustomed to the different character classes and the controls. Even if you only spend ten or twenty minutes here you will find that it is a service to you later on.

Awesomenauts Assemble on the PlayStation 4is a fun rebranding of the original title with more to do and more to love. Definitely check it out if you are a MOBA fan.

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