Extreme Exorcism takes an inventive approach to the round-based, single-screen action featured in games like Super Crate Box, substituting enemy AI with opponents driven by controller input playback. A few additional gameplay wrinkles add complexity; player ghosts enter each round seconds apart, keeping players from easily memorizing the timing behind their doppelgangers' movements, and once a ghost's recorded input ends, it reverses playback, making its movement even more unpredictable.
Tracing its origins back to a simplistic Unity game, Extreme Exorcism has since grown in size and scope, and now includes more than 20 weapon types. Players collect an arsenal that ranges from traditional fare like pistols and shotguns to more powerful attacks like rocket launchers and electrical auras that kill everything within a large radius.
also boasts a frantic multiplayer mode in which up to four players scrabble for weapons and murder their friends in a bid to be the last ghostbuster standing. Each round's winner receives an input-recorded helper ghost in the next stage, giving incentive for fast, aggressive play. Collected guns stack, too, and you can use up to three simultaneously, making it easy to become an unstoppable powerhouse if you can beat your opponents as they race toward spawned weaponry.
I played both the single-player and multiplayer modes of Extreme Exorcism
at PAX Prime, and both felt equally polished while having their own distinct flavor. Single-player modes often get the shaft in multiplayer-focused arena combat games, leaving solo players to compete with easily outwitted AI. This isn't the case with Extreme Exorcism
; the single-player mode features its own campaign with varied level layouts, and its subtle shift in gameplay mechanics makes it more than just a novelty.
While Extreme Exorcism
is only scheduled for a PC release thus far, developer Golden Ruby Games
has received encouraging responses from Sony and Microsoft regarding a potential console release. Extreme Exorcism
would slot into the PlayStation 4's catalog nicely alongside similar fare like Towerfall
, and makes for an ideal competitive couch multiplayer experience. A release date for Extreme Exorcism
has not been announced.
[Images: Golden Ruby Games]