For the uninitiated, TowerFall Ascension is an unusual but addictive mix of deathmatch and platformer that pits four brightly colored sprites against each other. Players share a single screen as they aim to eliminate their rivals using a mix of well-placed arrows and carefully considered powerups. While it may not be much to look at, it's a chaotic and grin-inducing little party game. As well as the competitive multiplayer it's best known for, the game also offers a campaign mode that can be played alone or in co-op.
Developed by one-man band Matt Thorson, TowerFall started life is an exclusive title for the KickStarter console curio, Ouya. Unsurprisingly, It wasn't until the game was repackaged as Towerfall Ascension and released on PC and PS4 that it became a success. Thorson has promised an Xbox One version of TowerFall since 2015, so Microsoft gamers fearing its cancellation can now finally breathe a sigh of relief.
While we've seen some great games this console generation, If there's one thing that's been sorely lacking it's quality same-room multiplayer experiences. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and pick up TowerFall Ascension - it's the best local multiplayer this side of Rocket League.