Nex Machina Reviews

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9 / 10
Jun 19, 2017

Nex Machina is everything that an arcade game should be: addictive and accessible yet bursting with hidden depth. Housemarque continues to be the master of the dual-joystick shooter with a sublime effort that harks back to the coin-op glory days of yesteryear. This is a near-perfect complement to the ridiculously good Resogun, and deserves to find a place among your PS4's hard drive space.

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Unscored
Jun 30, 2017

Frenetic, hypnotic and seriously addictive

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Atomix
Top Critic
90 / 100
Jun 26, 2017

Nex Machina is exciting, addictive and challenging, a must have for all arcade shooter fans. We loved its level design and the perfect mix of gameplay mechanics combined with a clean presentation and vibrant soundtrack. It's without doubt one of the best Housemarque games.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2017

Nex Machina is another fantastic arcade-inspired retro homage from the folks at Housemarque. I think it may be the most stressful of the trio of such releases from the studio so far, but that'll give more hardcore players an added push to get good and improve their scores. Lesser-skilled players, however, may feel even more lost among the madness.

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4.5 / 5.0
Jun 25, 2017

Nex Machina is up there with Resogun as the best game Housemaque has ever released and is a great throwback to the arcade shooters of old. In terms of presentation and design, it is perfect and its smooth, brutal, and challenging gameplay makes it feel wonderful to play.

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88 / 100
Jun 21, 2017

With Nex Machina, Housemarque masters the balancing act between retro and modernity thanks to precise controls and impressive effects.

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ACG
Top Critic
Buy
Jun 19, 2017
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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2017

As someone who spent way too many quarters as a kid trying to top the high scores of others, I'm glad I don't have to constantly put money into Nex Machina. Eugene Jarvis and Housemarque have come together to create one of the best playing twin-stick shooters ever made. While I do wish there was more content (I can only hope this gets the same amount of support as Resogun did) , there are enough difficulties that I'll still be learning the intricacies for several months to come.

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Jun 19, 2017

Intense doesn't even cover it. Nex Machina is every bit as tough, exciting and absorbing as the eighties arcade classics that inspired it. There's something about its gameplay that seems perfectly honed and balanced, pulling you into ever-more-challenging scenarios and pushing you to make the grade.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2017

Nex Machina is quick, challenging, and exactly what the arcade shooter genre needed.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2017

Where Resogun may have been a spiritual successor to Defender in many ways, Nex Machina finds its roots in games like Smash TV and Robotron. Nex Machina is the sort of game that Housemarque does best. Accessible, hopelessly addictive arcade gaming. And they've nailed it – again.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 6, 2017

However, to call Jarvis's 1982 title Robotron: 2084 an inspiration is an understatement: Nex Machina is almost a duplicate, a modernization of a game that came out nearly three and a half decades ago. And while technology has significantly advanced in that period, so too have player expectations. Nex Machina doesn't deliver anything but a particle effect smorgasbord and little else.

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Jun 29, 2017

Easily on of the best homages to old-school arcade gaming in quite some time. Easy to pick up, hard to master, but damn if you won't have fun along the way. With some fast-energy tunes, a gorgeous looking world and plenty of frantic action, Nex Machina has me wishing the days of arcade gaming weren't over. The only thing that would make this game even better is the addition of an online co-op mode.

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9 / 10
Jun 21, 2017

Although Nex Machina lacks online multiplayer, the game's euphoric use of bright neon colors and impressive use of voxels is only surpassed by the tight gameplay mechanics. At its heart, Nex Machina is a modern day arcade shooter, with plenty of secrets and the addicting element that will have you challenging for a higher position on the leaderboards well into the wee hours of the night.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2017

Nex Machina is another great game from Housemarque. The hybrid of all the ideas that the studio has so far displayed in previous games is engaging right from the start. The fans of the genre will feel like they are in heaven.

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8 / 10
Jul 13, 2017

Nex Machina is an great twin-stick shooter that stays close to the roots it has inherited from designer Eugune Jarvis to bring a modernise, hyper speed take on this classic genre.

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GameZone
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2017

Nex Machina is quite simply one of the best games of 2017. It offers simple yet incredibly fun, fast-paced gameplay and it has immense style. Do not sleep on this game.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2017

Housemarque has another hit on their hands, and Nex Machina is probably their best, smoothest and more varied shooter yet. The mechanics masterfully layer on top of each other world on world to keep the crazy action fresh session after session and the entire game has a colourful 90's joy to it that sucks you in. Online co-op being the one nitpick that could come patched in later, I can only wholehearted recommend Nex Machina as the shooter you pick up this summer.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2017

Nex Machina is a pure mechanics game, one that pushes you harder and harder to shoot for that high score. People looking for just a campaign will be done after an hour, but everyone else should find plenty of reasons to play.

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4.5 / 5.0
Jun 20, 2017

Nex Machina is an utterly fantastic arcade twin-stick shooter that doesn't so much revolutionize the genre as get almost every aspect just right.

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