Monday, 21 August 2017 21:13

REVIEW: Matterfall (Playstation 4)

Written by Brett Hale
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In the past ten years, SCEE and Housemarque have made many games for Sony consoles. Even the days before Sony, Housemarque were busy with iconic games such as Stardust and Super Stardust, they even made a Super Stardust HD game for the PS3, but these last few games i’ve loved a great deal, Alien Nation, Dead Nation and Resogun. Their latest work of art is one awesome title that’s addictive as hell. I introduce, MATTERFALL!!!!!!

The story behind Matterfall is nothing complex. It’s all about a futuristic city overrun by an alien material known simply as “small matter”. So who are you in the game? You're Avalon Darrow, she's one kickass woman, she's covered from head to toe in body armour and she has a weapon that can create matter making things such as walls and platforms to stand on, but these only stay in place for a short period of time. If you're standing on one or hiding behind a wall you’ll fall or have no cover to protect yourself.

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The story can be played in three difficulties. Rookie, Freelancer and Veteran. I dabbed in between each difficulty because as you start each level, you’ll be asked which difficulty you want to play. Also the story is broken into three parts, each having three levels then a final boss fight. You’ll unlock the next level as you go through the game and once completing a level you can go back to anything before hand at anytime to try beat your quickest time already set.

Besides following the game's story, the game is mostly about going for a quick time which can feel rather accomplishing, especially when playing on veteran difficulty. Leaderboards can be found in the main menu, as well as the level selection screen. Once completing a level, you’re shown the stats for that level which include, the overall time you set, a no death bonus if you didn’t die and civilian bonus if you saved any.

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Matterfall is an epic twin stick side, scrolling shooter. It’s fast paced and it never has much of a dull moment. You're either running, jumping or shooting the shit out of enemies. Note, that this is just a single player game that has no two player option or multiplayer. In fact, the only thing online based in Matterfall is attempting to beat other players fastest times.

I played on the PS4 Pro and I can confirm that Matterfall does indeed have Pro support. Mostly a resolution bump for 4K TV owners, but even playing on a 1080p TV, you’re still winning as the games visuals are pretty amazing. Level designs are so perfect, nothing looks out of place, and you’ll see many types of areas, mostly made of glass, and you’ll walk through planted areas. One other cool part of Matterfall is the enemies you’ll face. They come in all shapes and forms, from spider like robots, to UFO’s, flying cubes and many others. Even the bosses you'll face are pretty cool looking too. The HUD is basic, showing just health bar, XP score, survivor count and secondary weapons. So visuals are killer! But what about the game's audio? Well good news, it's like listening to the sound of heaven, well if heaven's music was fast paced 80’s sci-fi in sounding music. Explosions and gunfire also sound pretty rad. Housemarque really know how to put a game together, visuals and sound wise.

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Now being a twin stick, side scroller your fingers are mostly on the sticks, though there are times where you’ll press other buttons. Take jumping for instance, that’ll require you to press R1. If you want to interact you’ll press X. There are other buttons, but you get the gist.

Matterfall is all about killing enemies and never asking questions later. If you fail, and i'll admit, I did have my moments of failure, I found myself saying just one more go at passing which ever part I was at, but even once I passed, I was still playing on strong. It's highly addictive! There are some pretty tough trophies to achieve, such as playing a level and never shooting your weapon, or to complete the entire game on veteran.

For gamers who like side scrollers, this is one that cannot be missed. It’s well worth the time playing and the replay value is massive.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Housemarque
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: Action