Xotic [Review]

  • Platform: Xbox 360/ XBL Arcade (reviewed), PC
  • Published by: Valcon Games
  • Developed by: WXP Games
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • ESRB Rating: T For Teen
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Release Date: November 16, 2011
  • Price: 800 Microsoft Points

Xotic is an ambitious first person shooter which definitely tries to bring something new to the genre, yet at the same time it takes you to the past. The score system is set up very much like arcade titles of the past. The first thing you notice is that there is actually a story to this game, complete with cut scenes and voice overs. The game explains how you are the only hope to destroy the “Orb” which is the main evil of the game.

There are 23 levels in total, the games size is actually quite large for an arcade title, it clocks in at 1.6 gigs. Every level contains red orbs called ‘Scabs’, you shoot these to start a chain bar. The bar is kept going by shooting these scabs and it will stop when you run out of time. Keeping this bar high and preventing it from reaching zero, will give you a higher chain multiplier at the end of the mission. If you can do this within a small time frame, you will be rewarded with a nice time bonus.

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The graphics are nice to look at, but some of the levels blend together and you start to get a déjà vu feeling. The controls are a bit erratic and the game seems to have some weird lag, after looking into this a bit more it turns out that this is a common issue with this game. Xotic happens to be a port from the PC, I’ve not played the PC version but I’ve read good reviews about it and how it handles much better then this ported version. One big point of lag is when everything slows down if there’s too much action on the screen at the same time.

The developers did a good job at trying something new, while still giving a classic feel but they should have focused a bit more on making the controls tighter and varying the levels a bit more. The lag also can be frustrated me to the point where I thought something was wrong with my Xbox, I restarted the game a couple of times because of these issues.

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You can upgrade your gun and get power-ups for yourself throughout the game, this is very much the style of older games and it’s part of the fun and charm that this game can bring if you can get the controls down and you’re not on a part of the game that lags up. The chain scoring system and the high score system is also a bright spot for this game. The game itself isn’t linear in a traditional sense, you are allowed and actually encouraged to look around and find secrets. Since this is an Xbox Live Arcade title, it only makes sense that the game has leader boards and you can check your scores against your friends or against the whole community. This is a nice addition and gives the game a more competitive feel.

Overall this is a title that tries a bit too much to be unique and the staples that make first person shooters playable should be taken care of first and foremost. Control issues and lag shouldn’t be an issue in this day and age, the game has some bright spots but can get repetitive quickly. This is a longer arcade title and it can be fun at times. Would I recommend it at the current 800 Microsoft point price? Well, if you do see this title for half that price, pick it up! Xotic is an ambitious game, but not without its flaws.

FINAL SCORE: 6/10

*A complimentary copy of Xotic was provided to GamerXChange by Valcon Games for review.

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