Last Friday I attended a small, but very thrilling, gaming exhibition known as the Radius Game Festival. I wasn't sure what to expect from such a small event, but was confident I would find a title that fulfilled my gaming needs.
It just so happened that I stumbled across CounterSpy, a tactical espionage that borrows its stylistic ideas from the 50's and 60's when the Cold War was at its coldest and James Bond was at his sharpest.
At its core, CounterSpy is a 2D side-scroller, a format many players, especially indie fans, will be familiar with. But what the game does differently is to throw in 3D elements, adding depth to gameplay and a vibrant style to the visuals.
As an elite member of neutral spy agency C.O.U.N.T.E.R., your goal is to infiltrate and sabotage the bases of the two super powers engaged in a heated arms race. Players will get to use everything from silenced pistols to fully automatic machine guns, and can upgrade their weapons by collecting blueprints and dossiers throughout the levels.
As far as gameplay goes, CounterSpy feels more like a shoot 'em up rather than a stealth game. Instead of avoiding guards and remaining undetected, players will find themselves figuring out how to take down a room full of guards in the most efficient way. Other times, you'll simply find yourself in a full blown gunfight.
When you engage in 3D, the shooting controls reminded me of Resident Evil 6 with the red laser attached to the gun. Instead of a reticule centered on the screen that you must move around to target enemies, the viewing angle never changes, making the red laser an essential component of the action.
One last feature that sets the game apart from others are its procedurally generated levels. Players will never play through the same level twice, adding a replay value that I'm sure many gamers will enjoy. On top of this, there are secret locations that can only be accessed by collecting dossiers and then putting the squeeze on contacts. There will also be a social element involved, although not much detail has been shed on this yet.
CounterSpy will be available this Summer on PS4, PS3, PS Vita and mobile and tablet devices. Check out the gameplay demo below from this year's E3.
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