Opinion: Is This The Most Badass Side-Scrolling Shooter Of All Time?
At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that Intrusion 2 is just like every other side-scrolling shooter game out there. But the reality is somewhat different.
Firstly, the PC and Mac title is a result of the tireless efforts of just one man – Aleksey Abramenko – who spent more than three years of his life painstakingly creating the eye-catching graphics and hi-octane gameplay. Hell, he poured a whole five months into perfecting the final boss battle alone. And boy does it show.
For the second important point is that this is a game that, while owing a clear debt to genre classics such as Contra, also takes the side-scrolling, gun-blazing antics of its brethren into territory so obscenely OTT and epic that it just screams excitement. Just take a look at this trailer, which has gone viral in the past 24 hours, and tell me it doesn’t look absolutely fantastic:
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. You do get to battle flying monsters from the seat of a snowmobile, ride a wolf into the fray while blasting enemies with a laser, and tackle a gargantuan boss that picks up and crushes whole skyscrapers in its hand when you run into them for shelter.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that all of this awesomeness sits atop a solid foundation of fiery mech fights, rag-doll physics and terrifically-designed environments.
With the game already picking up glowing reviews from the likes of Destuctoid, and looking like a phenomenally fun spin on a classic retro formula, I guess there’s only one reasonable course of action to consider…
Intrusion 2 is available to download at the game’s official site for $10, and will be released on Steam shortly.