PixelJunk Shooter 2

PixelJunk Shooter 2

(Sony Computer Entertainmnet)
Ship Date: 
Sunday, March 13, 2011

After the success of PixelJunk Shooter, Q-Games have tried to recreate it with a direct-sequel. Now we finally have our hands on PixelJunk Shooter 2, but does it continue what the original game started?

If you finished PixelJunk Shooter, then your jaw will no doubt have dropped at the ending of the game, and subsequently turned into a grin at the announcement of the sequel. While Q-Games originally intended the cliffhanger to be “tongue in cheek” new levels could have simply been released as an expansion pack, similar to their previous games. However, their first full-blown sequel shows just how popular the game really was.

You’ll be glad to know that Q-Games have only added to the whole gaming experience. The controls haven’t changed; the stunning 1080p/60fps graphics are still there and High Frequency Bandwidth return with a funky soundtrack.

However, the gameplay has been augmented with several new elements. In the first section of the game which takes place in the ‘Belly of the Beast’ (also giving the game its subtitle), you get to interact with the Beast’s stomach acid, which you wash off with water and turns into a gas which sends your ship in all directions.

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Green eggs. But where's the ham?

There are also insect larvae, which you can either shoot to destroy, or spray water on to hatch. You can try shooting it, but it grows very fast, often filling an area if you forget about it. However, hatching the eggs temporarily fills the area with flying insects, which disrupts your aim and could mean the death of innocent survivors.



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