Project Root? More like Project Shoot! Ok, look guys, I’m not that experienced when it comes to shooters. It’s more Lizard’s territory. I was always the one playing weird psychological games. My favourite game of all time is Manhunt. My favourite in recent times is Hotline Miami. A lot of shooters in recent years have passed me by. The last one I played was Sine Mora, and although great, it was so viciously hard that it made me want to shoot myself more than the enemies on screen. But with the PS4 getting visually more impressive by the day, Project Root seems a good place to get back out there and widen my horizons. Either that or bite the bullet.
Taking flight in Project Root is fun for sure. You can blast enemies congesting the skies of course, but you can also fire down to the ground, taking down hugely effective and thus irritating tanks firing up at you. Throughout a level you’ll be instructed to carry out a few different objectives, mainly destroying different bases whilst desperately trying not to get shot down yourself. It’s no easy task. There are no checkpoints in a level, so you could get to within seconds of the end of a level and have to do the whole thing again. The amount of enemies pick up too, meaning you’re constantly dodging a sea of bullets. There is an upgrade system to make things easier, but it’s a slow process. Trying to follow the story is just as difficult. The text features in the corner of the screen whilst you’re in battle. So unless you’re so good that you don’t even need to look where you’re firing, you’re going to have trouble following the narrative. That being said, it’s a minor criticism, and not hugely important. Especially as I can’t imagine many people playing shoot ’em ups for the story. It’s all about firepower, quick reflexes and the adrenaline rush of making it out alive. Even I know that.
Despite the previously mentioned lack of checkpoints, you will keep coming back for more. I found myself getting slowly addicted to Project Root, and as PS4 shooters go, I had a really fun time blasting away on it. And that comes from someone who is not experienced in the genre. Throw in a really appealing and challenging trophy list, and some excellent end of level bosses, and Project Root has enough ammo to keep you trigger happy.
Project Root may not blow everyone away, but it sure has enough firepower to keep most gamers rooted to the spot. Gamers might be looking at another Project game right now, but this is definitely worth keeping on your radar.
Punk rating: 7/10