By Brett Wolfe
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on July 27th 2016 for Xbox One
Developer: Krewe Studios Publisher: Krewe Studios
Action News Heroes was developed by Krewe Studios and is a shoot ‘em up in the same vain as Smash TV. You take the role of one of five different heroes as you are sent to war by Channel X as a gimmick for a new television series. The characters vary greatly from the health they have and the speed at which they move. Two of the heroes, El Nomad and Roxy, move quicker, but in return have less health; while the other three, Zombie-O, Hammer, and G-Zero, are the opposite. The game also has the functionality to modify the loadout of the heroes before starting each stage. Action News Heroes has a large variation of weapons, from assault rifles to shotguns and LMGs to Rocket Launchers. The loadouts also include a special ability that will clear a large majority of the board in the instance of getting swarmed. The game consists of 8 different stages each ending with a boss fight that plays on the style of the level design. Each stage faces your hero against waves and waves of enemies while you are trying to achieve the main objective of the mission. Once you complete the main objective, you are teleported to the boss fight. This game has some great bosses, from a Mutant Zombie to even having you fight against Santa Claus at one point.
*It is also worth noting that if you want the easiest time on this game that once you beat the first level, purchase a shotgun for your loadout. The first shotgun that you can purchase is very good and can help you get through a good portion of the game. There also is a shotgun called ‘MX Blaster’ that cost $50 million (which isn’t that much in this game) and will destroy enemies off of the screen. I would keep this for near the end of the game to help enjoy the game more unless you get stuck*
In the end, the appeal to this game could go for anyone and I personally really enjoyed this game and I am not a big shmups fan. However, the campaign is rather short (being only eight stages) and it is the only mode in the game. With this in mind the replayability to the game is lower than most other games unless you want to play the story again or grind for achievements, the latter of which are rather easy to get if you are into that.
My final note is that if you enjoy shmups or are just looking for a game that is some mindless fun, I would strongly recommend picking this one up.
*This game was provided by Krewe Studios for the purpose of this review
Final Score: 7.5/10
+Easy to Get Into