Review: Tesla vs Lovecraft (PS4)

Review: Tesla vs Lovecraft (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC, Mac
  • iOS, Android

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Tesla vs Lovecraft
Format: PSN (456.3 MB)
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: 10tons Ltd.
Developer: 10tons Ltd.
Original MSRP: $14.99 (US), €14.99 (EU), £11.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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The developers at 10tons are messing with history in a new top-down twin-stick action shooter. Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American who was many things, an electrical and mechanical engineer, and physicist who is most famous for designing the alternating-current (AC) electric system, which is still used around the world today, and now, according to this game, a monster killer.

10tons also meddled with the life of the famous horror, fantasy, and science fiction writer, H.P. Lovecraft, setting him in the role of the bad guy and creator of the hordes of evil minions that burn down Tesla’s laboratory on the eve of his greatest invention. This premise sets in motion a gruesome battle in Tesla vs Lovecraft for the PlayStation 4.

Gameplay:
Tesla vs Lovecraft features a quick introduction to the outlandish story and then drops the player straight into the action. Each level has you fighting off hordes of incoming enemies using anything from shotguns to electric energy weapons.

Your character can teleport a short distance to get some breathing room or even through solid objects forcing the horde to find another route or, slowly, smash their way through. If you find enough parts that randomly appear during the level you can even activate the Tesla-Mech battle robot. Sadly it doesn’t last forever but its powerful guns rip apart most enemies with ease.

During each level you’ll build up experience points and unlock perk upgrades, which could be anything from more speed to another chamber on your gun. It all helps ease to ease the nasty swarms of monsters and the further you get in the game, the tougher they become.

The perks only last for the current round but any inventions you manage to unlock stay with you. These will take a long time to obtain but are definitely worth the grind. Some of the perks make a big difference to the gameplay and knowing what to pick, depending on your playstyle, can mean the difference between an easy win or a tough defeat.

Grinding is a big part of this game, especially with regard to the Daily Quests, which involves killing a certain type of monster or using a particular weapon to do it. The rewards are Aether Crystals, the things used for the inventions.

A Platinum Trophy is available in this title and it should take a good amount of time to obtain the virtual prize. With Very Rare and Common Trophies I shouldn’t see any problems collecting them all unless you don’t like the game.

Visuals:
Tesla vs Lovecraft is another top-down twin-stick shooter from the developers at 10tons who have a penchant for this genre. This latest offering is a nice looking game and although it won’t win any awards, it does a fine job of keeping the action frantic and messy without the framerate suffering. The weapons fire and explosions are bright and colorful, like a macabre fireworks show.

I strongly suggest checking out the Monsterpedia, which shows info and a detailed look at the enemies in the game. Sadly there isn’t a massive selection but I still like the attention to detail.

Audio:
As with all the games from 10tons, the music is nice and the sound effects do an admirable job of adding to the atmosphere. I especially like the music kicking into a high gear when the Tesla-Mech drops into play.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game has no online component but there is local co-op for up to four players. Frustratingly, the difficulty seems to ramp up with each player and everyone who played with me died soon after starting a very early level. I quickly found myself without any willing participants and so gave up on the multiplayer aspect.

What I did play, seemed okay from a technical standpoint and the framerate and gameplay seemed unaffected by the number of players. Although, that could change later in the game when the enemy count ramps up.

Conclusion:
Tesla vs Lovecraft is a fun game but doesn’t seem to hold my attention like the highly entertaining Jydge and Neon Chrome. I found the early part of the game quickly becomes repetitive and I’m sorry to say, rather bland. But, for the people who stick at it, there is a fun experience to be had.

The name conjured a bizarre and fantastical battle of two historic figures but it just turns out to be an uninspired meager story to kick off the action. Nothing is broken and I’m sure many will like it, especially the grind, but it failed to hold my interest.

Score:
6.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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