Game review on PS4
Nick Staunton-Mckenzie / Thu 4th May 2017
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ZHEROS is a 3D side-scrolling beat'em up, developed and published by Rimlight Studios for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
ZHEROS follows the adventures of the titular ZHEROS members "Captain Dorian" and "Mike" as they travel through distant and unknown galaxies battling the evil Dr. Vendetta in an effort to thwart his nefarious plan of turning all living creatures into his trusted minions.
ZHEROS can be played in either single player or with a friend in co-op, using a range of melee combinations, hi-tech weapons or parrying attacks by using the shield. ZHEROS tries to bring the feel of old school beat 'em ups to the modern next-gen gaming audience.
To a degree ZHEROS pulls this off with the use of smooth combo based melee that blends with shield parrying to have combat flow seamlessly along with simple point to fire ranged weapons all making the hordes of enemies easier to deal with than the old school beat 'em ups ZHEROS builds off.
The only draw back of all this is that there is no real challenge, I was playing on the hardest difficulty and the only time health became a problem, the game sent in a mech suit an it proceeded to clear out all the enemies giving me bother, giving me time to collect some health items and taking all of the challenge out of that level.
ZHEROS has a very Saturday morning cartoon looking art style, which carries over all of the levels of the game and never comes across as an eyesore. The background of each level are very active and lively with a lot of moving parts that make you feel like you are really in that environment.
While playing through ZHEROS, I only had one graphical glitch, which occurred while traveling down an elevator at the end of the level this however only lasted for maybe two seconds. All up ZHEROS looks great in every way.
ZHEROS' soundtrack fits the sci-fi setting of the game,part techno part dubstep. It gives off the galactic adventuring feel that the game was going for.The only downside with the soundtrack that I found was that all of the songs sound the same and after the second stage I found it annoying. For me it took away from my overall experience of the game.
ZHEROS is a great attempt at bringing back the 3D side-scrolling beat 'em up to a modern next-gen audience and I believe is successful in doing this. ZHEROS has flaws like all games do but none of it's flaws make it unplayable. Put ZHEROS in the hands of children and this game would be a fun example of what games were like back in the beat 'em up heyday of the '80s and early '90s.