Before talking about the game itself, I’ll just mention that the PC port is great. You have all of the graphical options you’d need, and it runs at a constant 60fps for me.
The game is a metroidvania game, in the sense that you have a vast map that you can go back through at any time. As you progress through the game, you will unlock new upgrades and weaponry that allow you to access areas you couldn’t get to before.
It’s incredibly fun to slowly grow stronger and stronger. Eventually you’ll be going through previous areas much faster than before, because you’re now more experienced at the game, your upgrades make you a badass, and the enemies will crumble under your might.
The game will still pose a threat to you in later areas. Different enemy types will force you to react differently. There are multiple ways of disposing of your enemies to keep the game fresh. Not only do you have different weapons you can use, but the environment can be used to your advantage. Many rooms allow you to flank enemies from underneath or above, and you may shoot drones off of walls, which will then explode. If enemies are caught in the radius, they will go flying. If the game is too easy/hard, you can change the difficulty, which will also reward you with less or more XP depending on how difficult it is.
The combat is actually incredibly satisfying. Headshotting, exploding and meleeing enemies has them ragdoll away, while it rewards you with XP. The PC version allows for keyboard+mouse or gamepad. Both systems work totally fine, and you can actually switch between them on the fly. Throughout the game, I’ve been using an Xbox 360 controller to play, but during the 2-3 turret sections in the game, I just switch to the mouse because the game allows for totally free aiming during those points, so the mouse is far superior. Throughout the rest of the game, I found both control schemes to be equally as good.
The story is the game’s weak point. It’s really quite stereotypical and forgettable. You try to save “the girl”, and that’s more or less the only real plot point. It doesn’t bother me, as I just play the game for the gameplay.
Overall, I really love the game. I’ve played it 3 times now on different platforms, as the gameplay always grips me. If you enjoy the genre, you should definitely pick this game up, I had an absolute blast with it.