Exploring the spooky corridors of this new multiplayer game!
When I get the chance to play multiplayer games with my friends, we choose a wide variety of games to keep enjoying ourselves. At gaming conventions, I am always on the search for the next big thing and this is how I rolled into Extreme Exorcism. Developed by Golden Ruby Games in New York, the game adds unique concepts to ensure that the game stands on its own.
In the game, you take control of Mae Barrons. She is called upon to rid the house of a ghostly charade and save the day. Unlike your typical exorcists, Mae uses unusual measures to secure her victory. There is a hefty arsenal in place and this includes various guns, lightning and grenades. It will destroy the ghosts with ease and every single one of them feels very nice to use. Together with your jumping and running skills, you will have everything you need to progress.
While this sounds all great, there is a major twist here. The ghosts that you defeat will return and they will mimic your movement in every way. This forces you to be extremely careful and not clutter the entire stage endlessly. You are free to be as trigger happy as you like, but this will come back to haunt you later. You are your worst enemy in Extreme Exorcism and making stupid moves isn't exactly being rewarded here. This is an element that remained surprisingly novel every time I played and I can't wait to play this more in a home environment.
Extreme Exorcism offers a single-player story mode, in which you will have to overcome waves in many hostile environments. There are also 50 dedicated challenges, which put focus on various elements present in the game. The big thing here, though, are the local multiplayer modes and these provide fun in very unique ways. There is Co-Op in which you defeat waves of ghosts together and this will become quite chaotic insanely fast. That same logic remains in Deathmatch in which you will kill one another and the winner's movements are turned into a new ghost. It is a ton of fun and the perfect way to taunt your friend!
Most of the control schemes are available in the Wii U version, though the game's publisher (Ripstone) highly recommends playing with a Wii Remote sideways. It isn't hard to see why, considering the one screen 2D environments fit the movement of the D-Pad perfectly. Next to that, you only need just two more buttons to play, so you won't become overly confused. What is also not confusing is the style of the game, which features a crisp pixelated look. It is visually pleasing to look around and, above all, it is quite colorful to behold!
Extreme Exorcism did prove a fun game alone or in a multiplayer setting and I can't wait to see how the final game pans out. If there are enough stages and content to hold me over, I could easily see this being added to my party lineup. The game feels and looks so great, which is a major plus in my book and makes it just pleasing to play.