Review: Mechstermination Force (Nintendo Switch)

Some types of games are timeless. Such is true of the tried and true run and gun. It triggers warm memories of classics like Contra and Mega Man.

The developer of the Gunman Clive games on 3DS/WiiU is back with their third game, similar in nature but somewhat larger in scope.

How does Mechstermination Force fair in a crowded 2019 landscape?

Graphics

The graphics in Mechstermination Force are really striking and a huge positive. It’s a 2.5D side scroller, with polygon graphics set on a 2D plane.

The art is vividly colored with bright, solid colors throughout. There is almost a painterly look to the characters, and especially the gigantic enemies.

Gameplay

Mechstermination Force is a 2D side scrolling run n gun game, in the same vein as Contra or Metal Slug. It seems close to Contra at first glance, with a series of weapons that seem to closely mimic the clasic Konami series, including a spread gun, flame thrower and laser.

And while the game does feature jumping and shooting, there are no levels in the traditional sense. Instead the game presents 14 missions to beat giant bosses, one at a time. This is somewhat similar to how Cuphead is broken down.

There is a hub that allows the player to buy upgrades and listen to game music, as well as enter any of the missions.

Difficulty

It’s certainly a hot topic, and this game would definitely fall in the ‘hard’ portion of the video game challenge spectrum. While it rarely felt unfair, there is a good amount of trial and error to figure out the best way to defeat any of the mechs

Overall

It’s a polished, graphically impressive run n gun with HUGE boss battles that border on too hard. Mechstermination Force builds on the Gunman Clive series into a bold new direction, but still held back by somewhat floaty platforming. However, small faults aside, it’s a fun game and recommended to fans of the genre.

Score: 8.0

Trailer:

Official Info:
Join the Mechstermination Force and save the world from the gigantic MegaMechs! Battle against massive bosses, jump and climb onto them to find their weakspots and blow them to kingdom come in this action packed platforming boss rush, from the creator of the Gunman Clive series.

When the MegaMechs have taken control of the world, one small group of brave soldiers are still fighting for humanity’s independence. Join them and lead the charge against the mechanical menace.

Get powerful weapons and upgrades! Use the Magnet Gloves to climb on top of robots the size of Skyscrapers, double jump over pools of lava with the Boost Boots, and use your trusty baseball bat to smash the MegaMechs energy cores. Take on the massive bosses alone or together with a friend in local co-op

Features:
• Intense platform action
• 14 massive and highly varied bosses
• 2 player local co-op
• Vibrant colourful artstyle
• 4 playable characters
• 1080p in TV mode/ 720p handheld mode
• 60 fps
• Uses a custom engine

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