Before we start, there is some news PlayStation owners should know. The 2D side-scroller title from Roll7 Studios will release on the PS4 on February 2. The announcement was made by John Ribbins, Creative Director at Roll7 Studios, on the PlayStation Blog. There you go! Have fun playing probably the most highly (and purposely) pixelated game on your latest-gen console.
According to Ribbins, Not a Hero has decided to revive the “black and white” era of the Internet of 2012. He also wrote in the blog that games in that year used to come in 3.5-inch floppy disks. Now we don’t know what world Ribbins lives in, but in 2012, the world had more-than-capable storage devices and CDs, and games were colored. But if it was a joke, might we say it was a bad one?
Anyway, let’s now discuss why the heck Not a Hero is coming to Xbox One and PS4 at all.
Not a Hero obviously belongs to the retro genre of games that was the hype somewhere between 2000 and 2006 (and certainly not 2012). The technology today surely surpasses the genre, but it doesn’t mean that games cannot be added to it. Most of us grew up playing games like Pitfall, Dave, Megaman, Mario, etc.; a true gamer will appreciate any new retro game regardless of when it is released.
The question is whether or not Roll7’s latest title should release on the PS4 and Xbox One, and whether it would be worth purchasing. Here is a gameplay video of Not a Hero; judge for yourself.
PS4 and Xbox One are latest-gen consoles, geared well enough to support AAA titles such as Fallout 4, Witcher 3, the COD series, and, well, you get the picture. Even playing a title like Ori and the Blind Forest on a PS4 and Xbox One makes sense for a gamer. Ori is a 2D game with all the brilliant visuals and gorgeous themes, which was probably not possible a few years back. Ask yourself; is it worth purchasing a game like Not a Hero for around $40 (the probable price on the PS4 and Xbox One) for your consoles? Take a look at these gameplay screenshots; you’ll know what you’re spending on:
All said and done, there’s another side to the story; let’s go back into the era of those larger-than-life arcade machines with joysticks and a few buttons. Games like Metal Slug, Mario, and Megaman still tingle our fancies; in fact, most of us would flock to an arcade offering any one of those titles.
As far as the storyline and plot are concerned, Roll7 has gone far enough. The game is clearly stated to be a 2D side-scroller, cover-based game; it provides a good set of game mechanics, where the protagonist has to take cover behind obstacles and time his bullets. For a large chunk of the gaming community, that is pretty addictive gameplay.
Back then, an arcade machine was the “latest tech.” So maybe, playing Not a Hero on latest consoles isn’t that a big deal. Really, there doesn’t need to be a reason for a game to be worth playing or buying. As we said earlier, a true gamer would take out the best in a game like Not a Hero, and play the living daylight out of it, just because they want to.
No, we won’t claim the game can equal other titles coming out these days on the PS4 and Xbox. Roll7’s decision to release it on Windows and Mac is pragmatic; a lot of us will be more inclined to purchase it from Steam and play on our PCs. The Nintendo 3DS version qualifies perfectly as well.
Are you excited about the game’s release on the Xbox One and PS4? Do you intend to buy it? Let us know in the comments below.
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