Unfortunately I'm not that clued on the Geometry Wars series, which I understand is very popular amongst the gaming community. Starting out life as a mini-game on Project Gotham Racing 2 for the original Xbox, Geometry Wars encapsulated the simple pleasures had from playing retro video games. The initial success spawned quite a few sequels and was once the most popular game downloaded on the Xbox marketplace. Most recently the developers have been hard a work to bring gamers something new by adding a 3D aspect to the gameplay. Here are my thoughts on the latest instalment, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions.
Upon playing the game for the first time I couldn't help but draw comparisons between it and my recent experiences with Resogun for the PS4. In both, players control a little ship that they must navigate a specific area and fire projectiles at enemies/obstacles (actually this makes it sound like the arcade Asteroids!). The object of the game is to score the most points possible, which can be achieved by simply avoiding crashes and increasing the score multiplier. When your ship is destroyed you lose a life and the multiplier starts back at zero, which can be very frustrating for the avid gamer but not so for your little ones. Thankfully lives lost can be collected throughout various stages of a game.
The biggest feature for Geometry Wars 3 is the new 3D stages, which have you fighting whilst on a rotating shape. The only problem is that this makes your viewpoint quite small during a crowded fire. So you have to be either very skilled or very lucky to not bump into enemies as you turn a corner, however, I did read somewhere that the developer added a vibration function to alert players when an enemy is close by.
For such a simple game there are many different modes to choose from, such as Deadline, King Evolved, Pacifism and Waves, though the object of the game still remains the same (try to beat the highest score). Also, with the power of the internet you can check leader boards across the globe, or just compare your scores against your friends.
If you're a parent gamer whose looking to download a game that's easy to pick up and play for their PS4, Xbox One or PC (Steam), then Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions fits that bill. For those who may be purchasing for a younger gamer, I would recommend only buying if he or she already has that good 'hand-eye' coordination that is required to play most games.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is available for digital download from the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS4, the Xbox Marketplace for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Steam for the PC. The RRP is £11.99 and it will take up approximately 1 GB of hard drive space.