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Video: Gatling Gears is Now Available on PlayStation Network
Vanguard Games Game Designer Nikki Kuppens has announced that Gatling Gears is now available on PlayStation Network and shared a video trailer for the PSN title.
To quote: I'm here to introduce our newest game, Gatling Gears, which is available on PSN right now! Gatling Gears is an intense twin-stick shooter in which you control a heavily armed mech.
We call them "walkers" and they're a very iconic part of Mistbound, the world you will travel through in Gatling Gears. As veteran walker pilot Max Brawley, you're going to have to put an end to the Empire's destructive campaign for Mistbound's valuable resources.
To do that, you will have to master the two basic principles of walker operation: shooting and dodging. You'll be flooded with waves and waves of enemies, so using your weapons effectively is key to your survival.
The Gatling gun is useful against weaker enemies, but has a limited range. A cannon shell does more damage, but is harder to aim. Grenades can be carefully targeted and do a lot of damage, but will take a while to reach their target. If things get out of hand (and they will!) detonating your Spark Bomb will send an electrified shock wave across the entire screen.
The challenging and varied enemy encounters are a huge appeal for Gatling Gears. Every individual opponent was placed by hand so we have maximum control over how a battle plays out and how the player is able to interact with it. Encounters almost feel like fast-paced puzzles.
It was quite the endeavor to craft so many unique and detailed areas, but the end result is well worth it. The same goes for all the beautiful environments the frantic action takes place in. The idea behind Mistbound is that the world is on the brink of collapse due to industrialization, but it's still very much worth saving. When playing Gatling Gears, I'm sure you'll experience that feeling for yourself.
In addition to the Campaign, there's also Survival mode. Here's where you'll literally face wave after wave of incoming enemies, inside enclosed arenas and sometimes with additional objectives. Your goal is to protect certain objects and to survive the last wave with those objects still intact.
Things can get pretty hectic and this mode will surely get your adrenaline pumping, especially when trying to take out explosive mine carts or tree-plucking walkers, all while a dozen homing missiles and bomb-dropping hang gliders harass you from all sides!
Now, I don't know who originally came up with the now officially coined term, but playing the game with a friend creates some interesting 'co-opetition'. What it means is that you're working together to make it to the end of the area, but you're also competing against each other for score.
In Gatling Gears, you don't get points for shooting enemies, but for collecting the little gears they drop after defeating them. So even if your partner did all the hard work, you can steal the reward right from under their nose and come out on top. You do, however, share the same multiplier and you'll have to both work together to keep it as high as possible.
Gatling Gears offers recognizable and challenging retro gameplay, but we took a more modern and current approach to visuals and features. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and save the world - guns blazing!
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