Amongst the Zeldas and the Star Foxs of EGX 2015, one game I ended up having the most fun with was a quirky multiplayer twin-stick shooter for Wii U called Aperion Cyberstorm. This game was in with the indies of EGX 2015, and was an unexpected 5-player delight from aPriori Digital.
As both Demelza and I played the game, we will each be delivering our thoughts – starting with me! Read on…
Aperion Cyberstorm was a hidden gem of EGX 2015, basically. Presented away from the Nindies in the Nintendo section, this was a game grouped in a general indie section. If this meant some Nintendo gamers missed out on trying it, that’s a great shame, as it was one of the standout Nintendo indies I played.
Simply put, Aperion Cyberstorm is a multiplayer-focused twin-stick shooter where you play as a spaceship-like vehicle. Your general aim is to take down the opposing players, but there are multiple modes that mix it up a bit. To start with, we played a standard sort of mode, where you just need to take down everyone. But then we were shown another mode where things get a bit more interesting. The mode in question had one player acquiring a much larger, more powerful and more robust ship than the others – unfair, right? Wrong. Because the only person who gets points is the one using that ship, and everyone else has to work together to take it down. The twist here is that whoever lands the killer blow gets that ship next, therefore being able to rack up their score. This led to a weird mix of co-operative and competitive play that is brilliant to experience.
Beyond the mode selection, another thing that mixes up the gameplay is how you set yourself up before the game. You get to choose what ship you use and what abilities it will have prior to the game, and this can have a huge effect on what occurs in your match; do you go with the small companion ship to do some more damage, or do you go with the shield to help you defensively (the shield seemed to be one of the best choices, by the way!)? While inherently simple, that simplicity allowed us to quickly give ourselves different advantages and disadvantages and get into the game.
This simplistic style extends to the visuals, which are bold and colourful despite the black backdrop. It has a striking look, and one that suits the manic gameplay by not intruding too much on said gameplay.
Overall, Aperion Cyberstorm was one of my personal highlights of Nintendo’s EGX 2015 showing – and it wasn’t even part of their section. Keep an eye out for this game!
Demelza Ward‘s Thoughts:
“I’m not the biggest fan of playing video games with friends. I spent too many years playing GameCube, Wii and DS games with my brother fighting over me not going easy on him or having an advantage over him for me to have ever gotten any enjoyment out of it. Sure, I appreciate multiplayer gaming can be more fun with friends compared to family, but it’s still never really been my thing and I’m not someone who will ask others to play with them the majority of the time.
So surely a game like Aperion Cyberstorm is one I shouldn’t be that interested in, right? It’s a game that doesn’t give off the vibe of being something that works as a single player game, but if you can get a collection of five people together then it’s good crazy fun. I’m much more open to give a multiplayer game a go at a convention with the people I don’t get to see that often like Will, but after playing Aperion Cyberstorm I can honestly say it is a game I wouldn’t mind buying and playing on a more regular basis.
The team behind Aperion Cyberstorm have taken a very basic idea and yet made it into something truly compelling and something I didn’t really want to put down, nor did those I was playing with. For me that’s a sign of a truly great multiplayer game, something where no one finds themselves at a disadvantage and everyone manages to enjoy themselves so much that they don’t want to stop. The madness and chaos of the game only adds this feeling wonderfully and I for one am definitely looking forward to the game being released.”
So you’ve heard what we think; what do you think from what you’ve seen and heard? Maybe you got to try out the game at EGX too! Tell us your thoughts in the comments!