Light, digestible (indie) game reviews.
Grab a friend and blast enemies together.
*Based on updated Steam total play time.
Early Access Alert
Opinion is subject to change during 20XX's development.
Graphics - Clean and Colourful
Crisp, vectored, cartoony graphic style. Stages and their backgrounds are noise-free. Enemies stand out making easy targets for my blaster! Animations are fairly fluid, with main characters having a suiting slight robotic rigidity to their movements.
Content - Plentiful
3 difficulty modes, including one which allows you to customize the difficulty, granting bonus rewards based on your choices. Daily and weekly challenges exist along with hardcore modes for those truly looking for a challenge.
4 sets of armor, a few different weapon types, and many passive items to discover.
2 playable characters with different play styles: ranged and melee.
Plenty of bosses to fight and steal powers from!
Controls - Super-tight
Combat and controls are tight, responsive, and work very well with a gamepad (highly recommended). Not once did I feel the controls were the cause of my mistakes or deaths in game.
Sound - Nostalgic
Combat sound effects, enemies blowing up, blasters charging, it all kept me in a state of nostalgia. The soundtrack is a retro-delight and is reminiscent of music found in games from the old Mega Man days.
Gameplay - FUNstrating
20XX balances action and platforming well, rarely giving any lull in either for too long. There's always a secret chest to find at the end of challenging parkour platforming.
Each set of armor has their own slot (head, torso, arms, feet) with stats altering your character in some way: dash in the air, chance to gain health when killing enemies, etc. Weapon modifications changed the way your main weapon behave: 3 way split, shotgun style, and so on. Passive items are available to find during the game to boost your character's overall stats.
Bosses each have various and more difficult versions of themselves depending on when you face them in the game. Defeating a boss provides you the option of taking their power, which may grant you an advantage against a future boss. Each boss has a weakness to one other boss' power and it's up to you to figure the correct combo.
Online co-op in a game like this is a treat and for the most part worked fairly well. I experienced one bug that caused me not to see my partner's attacks, not a deal breaker, but visually jarring when enemies are dying around your co-op friend, yet all you see is them jumping around. Network lag was not prevalent, however I did see some syncing issues when spectating my teammate, again nothing game breaking. On the plus side, each player receives their own loot, while the in-game currency, known as "nuts", are shared. Yes, you share your nuts with your teammate.
20XX is a great Mega Man style platformer fused with modern roguelike features. There are plenty of hours of fun here, especially if you want to find and unlock every item! Now grab a friend and charge up your blasters, it's time to pew pew.