If you’re one of those gamers that value a veritable challenge when playing a game, you should definitely give Risk of Rain a try. One of the most ridiculously difficult games in recent history, the permadeath action game Risk of Rain will come to PS4 and Vita bringing frustratingly challenging missions, all the while giving you only one challenge – survive.
If you didn’t catch the title when it originally came out in 2013, it’s probably because you thought of it as another one of those indie, pixelated titles, which although brilliantly made, were pretty much all everybody was talking about back then. But Risk of Rain is so much more.
First of all, there are no difficulty levels. Instead, you have a difficulty scale, which climbs as you progress through the game. Starting at “Very Easy”, if you manage to survive enough, the bar can go up to “HAHAHAHA”. But the difficulty doesn’t stop increasing when you reach “HAHAHAHA”; instead, it keeps getting harder and harder, only not showing you when the difficulty is going to increase.
Reminding fans of such classic titles as Contra and Double Dragon, there no way for you continue the game if you happen to die. You only have one life, and if you don’t manage to stay alive, you have to start everything over, with no upgrades, no power-ups, and nothing that can help you.
This can work in one of two ways, depending on the type of gamer you are. You either give up after a few tries, realizing that the game isn’t for you, or you keep trying to beat it; frustrated, annoyed, and with cramped up hands, but most importantly full of that type of motivation you haven’t felt since you died trying to save your second player right before the final boss in Contra, you will either dislike this game, or you will love to hate it.
And as another throw-back, Risk of Rain can be played by up to four players, either locally or via the automatic integrated matchmaking. This means that you’ll once again be able to get so annoyed that you blame your co-op player for you falling off a cliff and dying.
One of the nicest things about the PS4 release is that it will come with the Cross Buy option. This means that if you buy the game for the PS4, you will also get it for the PS Vita, and vice versa. If you can’t wait to play the game, you can also the Steam version, available since 2013.
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