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Rollerdrome – Hands On Preview

Rollerdrome, developed by Roll7, is a third-person action shooter that combines high octane and visceral combat with the fluid movement and trick mechanics of rollerblading, creating a whole new original adrenaline-pumping shooter experience like no other.

The year is 2030. In a world where corporations rule and the lines between reality and performance are blurred, the people are kept distracted by the violence from the new blood sport – Rollerdrome. Will you have what it takes to become the next champion and unravel the mysteries behind the corporation’s true intentions?

When I first saw this game I thought that looks like a lot of fun, and boy was I right. The gameplay is hectic and full of action, and when I thought the game was a little easy it got a little harder, giving me a much-wanted and needed challenge.

Combining an action sport with shooting seems like a weird concept but it is executed well, using trick mechanics to replenish ammo and help boost your score, alongside shooting and killing enemies to get that combo up, leading to higher scores on the leaderboards.

At first, I was thinking this game was a little too easy, but by the 6th level, it only got more hectic and challenging, introducing more enemies to take you down. Enemies and tricks aren’t your only goals though. Each level has its own set of challenges, ranging from doing a specific trick to finding all the special combo multipliers, all while following a story and trying to unravel a dark conspiracy.

Controls at first were a little overwhelming, trying to pull off combos of tricks to replenish ammo faster, all while getting shot at like crazy. Luckily, the game has controller support if you find that a little easier, which works great. After getting the hang of it, I felt like I became an unstoppable combo machine until I unexpectedly died by not paying enough attention to my health, all in fun though.

Graphically this game is interesting, with a kind of arcadey comic-book feeling, which I found fun and fitting for the way the game plays, and it will run very smooth on some lower-end machines, as I was only running a GTX 1070 with an i7 8700k. Kind of outdated compared to what’s currently available.

The original soundtrack merges sounds from the era the game is set in, and it really gets the blood pumping and the ball rolling. Everything else just goes along with it nicely, nothing to complain about at all.

Rollerdrome is a really fun experience that I highly recommend checking out, especially if you like your high-octane action and would like to dive into a world based around a bloodsport. Combined with a great soundtrack and fun comic-book art style, I’m excited to dive further into the game myself, that’s for sure.

Rollerdrome will be available for digital download on August 16, 2022, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 & PC (Steam).

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Written by: MrVibeAU


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