Nex Machina Reviews
Housemarque has just made the game of its career.
Despite the frustrations its upgrade system often caused me, I had a good time navigating Nex Machina's array of twin-stick shooter challenges. The appealing art, energetic soundtrack, and pixel-perfect gamepad controls made me own every failure and look forward to whatever might come next. Arena mode seems to be where most of the lifespan on this one will come from, and I look forward to seeing people who are better than me at it pull off some crazy runs to climb the rankings. Nex Machina is not for the faint of heart, but a recipe to delight those looking for an attractive, arcadey challenge to overcome.
Slight in form, but deep and consistently satisfying. Nex Machina is a gem of a shooter.
The spiritual sequel to Robotron becomes the definitive dual-stick shooter, and one of the best arcade games of the modern era.
One of the most challenging and rewarding twin stick shooters ever made
The spirit of Robotron lives again in Housemarque's brilliant and blistering Nex Machina.
It takes a special type of high-score game for me to want to actually stick with it and start rivalries on the leaderboards. Pac-Man Championship Edition was one such game. Trials HD was another. Now, Nex Machina is my new obsession.
Nex Machina is the pinnacle of all things Housemarque, with concepts and ideas that have been refined over many games in their purest form. That's both its strength and its weakness, as there is nothing you haven't seen before in one of their previous games. If you are a fan of the Finnish developer's game, this is still an essential purchase, but if you're a newcomer, this is the best place to join the party.
Housemarque's most recent game is the perfect mixture between frenetic gameplay and tactical action, making it highly addictive.
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An arcade with a great old school flavour. Its playability and audio-visual experience don't disappoint if you look for a simple, direct experience.
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Nex Machina is a great follow-up to Resogun, even if it's a different game. Another masterpiece in the Twin-Stick Shooter genre for Housemarque.
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New Machina is shoot-em-up kings Housemarque's latest game, and it might just be their best. A top-down Resogun that takes all that was good from that, improves on it and then adds so much more. Tight and responsive controls and great visuals make up for some exhilarating action.
Twin stick shooter purists will love Nex Machina for its fast paced action and incredible presentation, but this is a game that's clearly been designed to keep you coming back for more.
Housemarque and Eugene Jarvis have created something very special, and I suspect, enduring.
The developer behind retro-tinged shooters Super Stardust and ResoGun returns with an astonishing twin-stick masterpiece
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.
Nex Machina manages to tribute arcade games of the past such as Robotron and Smash TV without relying on nostalgia alone, offering a deep experience that doesn't require sub-systems to please players with a strong competitive attitude. As the experience is mostly geared towards getting the highest possible score, however, some players might find the game too short, as the main Arcade mode takes very little time to complete. As such, Nex Machina is not a game for everybody. All those who enjoy the genre, however, should definitely give it a spin.
Nex Machina is a bright and engrossing game with multiple difficulty modes, great weapons and various mechanics and enemies. But it is lacking online co-op and diversity in the presented modes.
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Housemarque has broken its own quality barrier with Nex Machina. This pulse-pounding twin-stick arcade shooter is the developer's finest work. Brutal, compelling, enthralling and layered with hidden depths, Nex Machina is awash with retrotastic glory, and serves as the new benchmark for twin-stick shooters.
Despite its utterly insane difficulty curve, Nex Machina is a pure joy to play.