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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players need to be quick if they want to rescue people, survive.
Positive Role Models
Hero is not only tasked with surviving, but with rescuing people as well.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn, but game difficulty increases over time.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns, swords, other weapons to destroy enemies, but there's not much blood, no gore, dismemberment.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nex Machina is downloadable arcade-style shooting game. While players destroy their enemies with guns, swords, and other weapons, there's only a little blood, and no gore or dismemberment. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content, save for what you might yell when you get killed, again. Similarly, the game is easy to learn, but the increase in difficulty will challenge the skills of some players.
Is It Any Good?
By going for fast-paced arcade action, the end result of this downloadable game is an unrelenting, addictive top-down, twin-stick gun game. While other action games from this developer (Alienation and Dead Nation) were driven by narrative, and had elements of role-playing games, Nex Machina is a pure arcade experience, unencumbered by exploration or plot or anything that might get in the way of you shooting everything that moves. By having you move with one thumbstick, while shooting an endless stream of bullets from the other, you're given a slim chance of surviving as spider-shaped robots and other enemies attack you from all sides. Good thing you can do a quick dash move, and can grab power-ups that provide you with a secondary weapon or a shield. Just don't forget to rescue the people who are standing around the battlefields; they're counting on you
While the result is an addictive and unrelenting arcade shooter, this game's emphasis on skill over story might not work for fans of the aforementioned Alienation and Dead Nation. Especially if they liked how those games had stories, let you explore their respective worlds, didn't give you an endless supply of bullets, and had moments where you could catch your breath. But for those looking for something more arcade-y, something where it's more about surviving and scoring, Nex Machina is great for trigger-happy gamers who appreciate gaming's arcade roots.
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