Review: Riddled Corpses EX (PS4/PSV)

Review: Riddled Corpses EX (PS4/PSV)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Xbox One

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro / Vita
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
  • PlayStation TV Compatible No
  • Cross-Buy Yes
  • Cross-Save No
  • Cross-Play No
  • Cross-Chat No
Title: Riddled Corpses EX
Format: PS4 (102 MB) | PSV (85 MB)
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: COWCAT
Developer: Diabolical Mind
Original MSRP: $11.99 (US), €11.99 (EU), £9.49 (UK)
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Riddled Corpses EX is a twin-stick shooter with a dash of grinding as the coins and gold you collect from fallen enemies allow you to upgrade your weapon or unlock new characters.

There’s a Story Mode and an Arcade Mode, both of which are highly entertaining. I would avoid playing the Survival Mode until completing the game as there are a few spoilers, with regard to the enemies faced throughout the game.

During the hectic battles, you’ll find some randomly dropped power-ups that allow you to briefly slow time or wipeout most things on the screen with dynamite. In the Arcade and Survival Modes, there are things that add to the important point total. In all three modes, you might also find some collectibles that are proudly displayed in the Upgrade Screen.

PS Nation Review: Riddled Corpses EX (PS4/PSV)

When I first played the game, I opted for the Vita version as the family was playing another game on the PS4. The controls on the handheld are great and I became quite engrossed in the action. I even upgraded my weapon many times and even unlocked another character. Sadly, it isn’t Cross-Save so I had to start again on the console.

Coffins and portals pop out of the ground and then disappear to reveal the hordes of undead vying for my character’s flesh. There are also undead pets as well, at least that’s what I think they are? Later on, there are all sorts of things wanting your character dead, but I’ll let you discover those on your own.

Destructible objects are strewn across the levels. Thankfully their damaging effects only hurt the enemies and cover anything close in fire, making them all much easier to kill. There are other objects that can hurt the cute heroes but you can generally avoid those without any issues.

As I got further into the game it soon became clear I needed to get better firepower and at a few points the power-ups become invaluable, my wasting them early on was a big mistake.

A Platinum Trophy awaits the skilled players who put in the time with this game and I am happy to report, there isn’t a co-op Trophy in sight. I wouldn’t say there are any difficult tasks ahead for anyone wanting the Platinum but it won’t be quick.

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Visuals:
A 16-bit graphical style and a smooth sixty frames per second graces Riddled Corpses EX along with a nice heads-up display that can be made transparent. There are some cool lighting and fire effects that blend well with the rest of the aesthetic as well.

I love how the game looks on the Vita and in some small way, prefer it to the PS4. Both versions look great and the variety of enemies and locations are very nice. After a few hours, I suggest popping into the Options menu and changing the Screen Filter, it really adds to the nostalgic feel of the classic arcade machines you may have played while growing up.

Audio:
Riddled Corpses EX has a new soundtrack along with the classic original and you can switch between both in the Character Select Screen. I’m still undecided as to which I prefer and I like them both. Don’t make me choose.

Online/Multiplayer:
When playing on the PlayStation 4 version of Riddled Corpses EX I can have another local player join me for some co-op fun at any time and in any of the three modes. Plus there are leaderboards for each and every mode, solo or in co-op.

It can get very frenzied with two players running around but we never lost our characters and didn’t see any slowdown in the graphical department.

PS Nation Review: Riddled Corpses EX (PS4/PSV)

Conclusion:
This is a great and addictive top-down twin-stick shooter and I love that it’s Cross-Buy, I just wish it was Cross-Save as well, but we can’t have everything. I guess it’s just another excuse to play the fun game again.

Having to save up the dropped gold to buy upgrades and characters makes Riddled Corpses EX last much longer and which each upgrade and character’s ability the game gets ever so slightly easier. It reminds me of the old arcade machines from the early 90’s, especially with that just-one-more-go feeling.

Score:
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Vita’s built in screen capture feature and the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

PS4 Screens

Vita Screens

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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