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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Death vs. Monstars - Game of the Day

Death vs. Monstars is a brand new fast-paced arena shooter from developer GameReclaim, in which the player must shoot down waves of brightly colored, odd-looking enemies.

Similar to other arena-style shooters, what sets Death vs. Monstars apart is it's rather unique control scheme. Players move Death (the hero) around using basic mouse movement. Your guns are always blazing, and your crosshairs are automatically directed in the direction opposite your movement. This may sound a bit confusing, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Since you'll be dodging enemies, the net effect is that you'll automatically be aiming at the bad-guy you're moving away from. It might take a minute to get used to, but I found that it works rather well.

You can also hold down the left-mouse button to lock your sights in place and strafe - another helpful and elegantly implemented additon. Blasting enemies will gradually increase your "Anger Meter," and once it's full, you can double-left-click to unleash a hail of bullets which will make short work of most of your onscreen antagonists. Between levels, you'll also be able to spend coins (dropped by enemies when they're shot) on various upgrades that will make obliterating foes a lot easier.

The mouse-only control scheme is very accesible, and while fans of the genre certainly won't find the game as insanely difficult to complete as other similar shooters, the solid gameplay and upgrades, masses of onscreen enemies, and a "play until you die" (end) level called "Score Hog," make Death vs. Monstars appealing to casual and hardcore shooter fans alike.

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