Developer: Old School Games
What they say: Retro shooter action and RPG elements are combined in this new downloadable third-person shooter. God Mode combines non-linear gameplay, fast and frantic shooting, hordes of on-screen enemies, a fully functional online coop mode, and features visuals and gameplay that rival that of a full-priced boxed title. Matches rarely–if ever–play out the same, as dozens of in-game modifiers can significantly alter the gameplay on the fly. Characters are fully customizable, both in appearance and equipment, which continually evolve. Gold and experience are constantly accrued and used to unlock new and satisfying weaponry and unique powerful abilities, both of which can be further upgraded.
What I say: Online co-op has become pretty damn important in the gaming world. It seems like every game offers it in some fashion. God Mode is one of those games that only succeeds in online co-op. Sure, there is a single player mode, but there’s not much to it. It plays just like a multiplayer match but with only you to fight off the never ending waves of demonic hordes. The game is obviously balanced for multiple players as you will get slaughtered repeatedly. The biggest omission in this regard is the complete lack of a splitscreen mode. As I have cried about repeatedly I have awful satellite internet. This is all ready bad news for online gaming unless it has excellent net code. Alas, this game does not. Even on a good connection the game sputters and lag abounds.
But if it has a good story all that can be forgiven right? There is almost no story to speak of. There is a few seconds about your character being of Olympic descent or some such nonsense. The matches themselves are fun enough when things work right. You start off in a level, gather power ups, and then activate the level “Test of Faith” then it’s on! Waves of monsters arrive and you kill them, rinse, repeat.
Graphically, the game looks good, the monsters all are menacing in their own ways but the lack of customization on your characters seems like a missed opportunity. As the game goes on you can upgrade your character, your weapons, and so on. However, this feels tacked on at best. There are only five levels and they get old quick. This game just screams “More DLC to come!” If you intend to play this online and your friends all buy it, then feel free to add a couple of points to my score. Otherwise, I was pretty blah about the whole thing, and I have concerns about the longevity of the games community.
God Mode is available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.