Riddled Corpses EX
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[I]t’s obvious that a lot of effort was put into addressing criticisms while keeping the core of the game intact for those who enjoy a little grinding. The end result is a charmingly chaotic pixel shooter with different modes designed to accommodate different types of players.
While Riddled Corpses EX's gameplay and upgrades are enjoyable, its lack of content and excessive amount of forced grinding simply to pad the game's longevity result in it being a mostly bland and repetitive affair.
Riddled Corpses EX is one of those very satisfying guilty pleasures. It may be simplistic and braindead like the zombies in it, but it does everything so exceptionally that it becomes a full recommendation. Its lacking qualities are more than made up for thanks to the expedited game loop that wastes no time, and constantly challenges the user. The co-op features make it so even when things are at their hairiest, as a chum can still swoop in and give desperately needed back-up.
Riddled Corpses EX is a fun twin-stick roguelike release that is very challenging, but its gameplay mechanics are very easy to understand, making this one a game that is easy to pick up and get the hang of. The grind for this one is very real, especially if you want to get all trophies for the game, since this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum for you! This one is probably best suited for short bursts of gaming, which is why its great that you can play it on PlayStation Vita.
Riddled Corpses EX is a fun arcade-style twin-stick release that is a great pick-up-and-play release. I do feel it benefits from being on PlayStation Vita since it's perfect for playing short 10-15 minute sessions here and there, instead of having to sit down for longer gaming sessions. Cowcat did a lot of work to give us an enhanced version of Riddled Corpses on Sony's portable, hence the EX in the title, making this the definitive version and a game you should definitely try.
Riddled Corpses EX has enough indie charm to land without a thud in the niche twin-stick shooter space. An enjoyable foundation allows tense gameplay to occasionally shine but a repetitive loop that leans towards heavy grinding slows down what could have been 16-bit gem.
The pixel art-style and generic character design in Riddled Corpses Ex makes it a game which is fairly easy for people to overlook and dismiss as yet another bland twin-stick shooter. This would be a mistake though as the gameplay is surprisingly addictive. It's especially fun when slaughtering tons of demonic creatures with a friend, and it has that “just one more go” feeling that will suddenly consume hours of your life without you realizing where the time has gone.
Riddled Corpses' solid gameplay and faithful "retro feel" mostly make up for a limited and sometimes disappointing progression system. It's likely to please those who don't mind grinding as well as those who enjoy a challenge – superficial and linear as it may be.
Riddle Corpses EX doesn't go beyond its initial premise and I'll admit I'm more than tired of zombies and demons as the go-to cookie-cutter enemies. With a bit more personality or perhaps some original ideas, it'd be a no-brainer to recommend. As is, it's simply a fun and challenging twin-stick shooter that's perfect in short bursts. Quite frankly, that's good enough.