INDIE ROUNDUP?

ThatHITBOX Indie Roundup’s are built to cover a broad selection of recent / upcoming indie releases. There will likely be no running theme or connective tissue between any of the titles; just two or three games that stood out to us, and therefore might be worth a look. In much the same way as the rest of our review coverage, each title will be given a final score. In the case of a hands on preview, or future recommendation, no score will be given.

QUANTUM LEAGUE - Rarely does a game get its hooks in me so deeply, so it’s fair to say that Quantum League is something special. In a nutshell, it’s a competitive arena shooter with a time looping mechanic. You’ll fight alongside your past selves in progressively more tense rounds, with opportunities to change the course of the match by preventing your own demise in prior loops. Confused? Strangely enough, despite the high concept, Quantum League remains immensely satisfying, with nuanced tactical possibilities and a clean graphical style. It’s fairly bare bones, with only a smattering of maps and game modes currently available in early access, but the audacious brilliance of its core premise is something to be applauded. 4/5

I’ve never had so much fun saving myself.

EMBR - It’s always a treat to discover genuinely strong comedic writing in the videogame space, especially when it leans more into self aware parody than “zany antics” for the sake of being ridiculous. Embr absolutely leans toward the former, and is very much in keeping with other sharply written titles like Journey to the Savage Planet and Moving Out. As a slapstick indulging firefighter, your goal is to put out fires, navigate various environmental hazards, and save the day. While object physics are appropriately bonkers, movement feels a tad sluggish, and there’s a lack of clarity in the art direction; everything feels a little too basic. The UI and voice work are top notch though, and as a multiplayer romp, there’s fun to be had. 3/5

THE PERSISTENCE - As ports go, the move from VR to traditional 2D controller based action has largely been successful with The Persistence. Visually speaking, it has retained the crisp detail so inherently required by immersing, first person experiences. There can also be no denying the quality of its sound design; music is used sparingly, with environmental ambience used to great effect to layer in tension. Where The Persistence continues to fall flat, despite these achievements, is in the rudimentary nature of its combat. You’re left with few options, and with movement speed fairly restricted (a hold over from its origins in virtual reality), these moments of action can often be more frustrating than anything else. 3/5

QUANTUM LEAGUE (PC EARLY ACCESS)

People love it when you throw them out of windows onto a trampoline.

EMBR (PC EARLY ACCESS)

I’d just stay in my stasis pod.  

THE PERSISTENCE (PS4, XB1, PC, & NS)

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QUANTUM LEAGUE, EMBR, & THE PERSISTENCE
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INDIE ROUNDUP
By JAY TEE
18/06/20

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