Capsule Force is another release to follow a small trend of PlayStation 4 games that have suddenly materialized Star Trek style on the PlayStation Store.
Developers Klobit, transport you to the far distant future (to 1999) for some two-on-two multiplayer actions though a variety of 80’s space anime inspired worlds. Will Capsule Force make you want to party like its 1999?
Capsule Force features local multiplayer and a single player campaign. While the single player mode may not offer an extensive experience, don’t dismiss this as there is a decent gaming time to be had here.
But first back to the main bulk of action and that being the multiplayer. As you would hope for in such a party game, the action is fast and intense, and expect Pringles to be flying. The aim of the game is to be the first to the Capsule. This can be achieved quicker by destroying your opponent and riding on the slick fast tram. The tram advances you forward to the next screen and closer to the Capsule. Characters are extremely powerful and awesomely nimble as you hurl them across the screen. Charged laser shots, Blast Jumping (a very handy trick), dodging lasers, and the quick use of an energy shield for deflecting projectiles can be easily executed. There are some advance moves to master like Shield Pulse which can deflect projectiles; Blast Jumping, achieved by aiming your gun towards the floor; and a press on R2 gives you the Dash move. Even with these moves, Capsule Force is a straight forward jump-in-and-play game.
Once your friends have left the living room, or if you’ve sent them into exile, continuing the retro futuristic ride is not over. The single player mode has four levels consisting of eight missions in each. These anime space settings are short tasks which are played out to a timer. The way the levels are structured are clever; you need to collect fifteen Capsules in each section within the time limit. You’ll need to gain a C Ranking to open up more levels. Anything lower and you will need to retry. The capsules lay scattered within easy reach but some you’ll need to use your charged laser and blast jumps to hunt down. The fun begins when you’re stripped of your weapons or shield leaving you to re-think and play out levels in a different way than before. Trophy-wise there’s no Platinum, and the Achieve an S Rank on every mission will sort out the real players – a challenge that will take some doing.
Capsule Force pumps out an exciting flashy look with bright italic fonts and arcade-style menus, defiantly portraying the feel of the 90’s arcade generation. The game offers a fun couch multiplayer experience that can proudly sit in your library ready for the next gaming victim. The short single player mode and hefty asking price could be a bitter pill to swallow, but once you’ve taken the plunge, Capsule Force is a short blast.
Lizard rating 6-10