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Our overall verdict "gold"

Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate combines the original Pixeljunk Shooter 1 and 2 games into one whole experience. The most intriguing part however is the visual overhaul the games have had so they can look the part on the PS4. With this in mind, let’s find out whether Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate is a blast…or firing blanks.

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First off, the game looks gorgeous. The game’s visuals are firing on all cylinders, running at 1080p and 60fps. Imagine if Sound Shapes had the same look but a different script – mainly “Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew!” If you’re new to the Pixeljunk Shooter games though it really doesn’t matter. Even the ship has been designed differently. There’s a staggering amount of effort on the part of Double Eleven to make this worth playing for hardcore fans and new ones. Your aim in Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate is to glide through different environments, rescuing survivors, picking up treasure, saving stranded scientists..oh and not getting blown to smithereens by all sorts of pesky enemies. You’ll need every smidgen of your bullets, missiles and super spinning abilities. Not only that, but you will need to spend a lot of time manipulating the environment around you. Gas, Lava, Ice…the hazards go on and on. For example, you may need to unleash lava from a canyon to move forward. Get too close though and your ship will overheat. You may even have a Scientist BBQ if you’re not careful. And nobody wants that junk food.

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Now you may think that rescuing survivors is the most important part of your mission. That’s coz you’re a nice person. Unfortunately you’re wrong. Yes you do need to rescue some of them to open up the metal gates to move through to the next stage. But the most important part is actually the treasure. The reason why is that you have to collect diamonds in levels to unlock later ones. Sounds simple enough. Except it’s not. Some of them are located and hidden in such highly dangerous areas that even Nathan Drake would go “Oh sod that, Sully. Let’s go home.” It is the single most brilliant idea in Pixeljunk. It means that replaying levels is a given, and that the shelf life of this game is an extensive one. The difficulty is unrelenting, but not impossible. So whether you’re fighting Spiders bigger than the Equator or merely grappling a Scientist up to your ship, you will die. The game is so brilliantly done however that it would be impossible to stay away too long. Throw in the online features, the fact that it is free on PS Plus and the fact that it is bloody brilliant and there is not one reason on this planet why you shouldn’t play this.

CONCLUSION
Light ’em up boys and girls, we’ve got a rocket on our hands. Blast off, lift off…just don’t turn your PS4 or Vita off. Ultimate indeed.

Punk rating: 9/10

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