It’s been a while since we’ve had the stylistic backdrop of the jazzy, yet brutal Wet and it’s equally sassy protagonist Rubi Malone. But what if we brought back that flavour and split Rubi into two for double the fun? God’s Trigger does just that, leaving me in a state of awe simply after sinking a few good hours in. This is going to be one to look out for for sure, and one where I personally can’t wait for the release.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to stop the apocalypse from happening. Taking out the Four Horsemen one by one along the way MIGHT put a damper on the looming plan, so that’s what we’re setting out to do first! Stylized to almost resemble the grit of a grindhouse film, every notable character from scripture comes through with a unique and cool flavour as they’re re-imagined into God’s Trigger’s swanky setting.
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Even though it might look like Hotline Miami on the surface with the top down ultra violence, God’s Trigger has some departures that really make this one of it’s own. You’ll go from room to room eliminating enemies, in a lot of cases quite literally beating them to the punch. The henchpeople explode into a red mist that undoubtedly coats the bottom of your boots and it’s time to rinse and repeat! Special abilities are readily available at the mercy of an energy bar, but in order to efficiently work your way through a room, you become dependent on the creative use of each. As ‘a disgraced solider of Heaven’ Harry, you begin with a handy invisibility to slip past rooms that are just too much to handle, get the upper hand–a good time to mention that stealth kills are a thing too, and they hold a little weight in the scheme of things. If you’re so inclined to take someone out from behind, you can get away with no one else noticing, which is quite handy in a game where the rooms descend upon you if they smell you downwind.
Judy, the demon that escaped from Hell, is snappy in her own way too, matching the usefulness of Harry’s abilities in her own way. Her Scorpion-like hook shot is so satisfying and deadly to use that it becomes quite addictive, really quickly. As far as abilities go, you start with being able to mind control–one of my favourite diabolical things to do in any game. Turn the baddies against each other to whittle down the numbers to something more manageable, or just to have a good show on your hands. With the plucky sass that the two put up in personality, you’ll be feeling a pep in your own step in no time and really will aim to take the mundane task of clearing a room to a different height with some serious strategic style involved.
Their unique abilities can be upgraded at the end of a level, along with a single perk that puts a spin on how the fights you encounter can potientially go. You might choose to be able to take an extra bullet for example; building off of any weaknesses you personally have to make the ride go a bit smoother. The same goes for the upgrading process, giving you a change to tailor both Judy and Harry how you see fit and to make playing that much more enjoyable.
You will die. You’ll run right into that bullet, seeing it come at you in slow motion, or one too many enemies will overwhelm you to the point of locking up any train of thought. You’ll have to figure out smart ways to get around things, and that’s what gives this title so much depth.
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There’s a bit to go yet before it’s a polished product, complete with the hopes there’ll be more voice acting (What I did hear of it was brilliant), but what I did play was something for One More Level to be proud of. It’s going to deliver harder than you expect and keep you coming back for more. I’m super excited to see the release of God’s Trigger and can’t wait to see everyone’s different playing styles within it. Keep a look out for it–it’s going to be a wild ride!
EF Games will have a full God’s Trigger review around release on 18th April. Check out the official Steam page for more information or to add the game to your wishlist.