Review: ReadySet Heroes (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Optional
  • Move None
Title: ReadySet Heroes
Format: PSN (2 GB)
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Robot Entertainment, Inc.
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 7
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
ReadySet Heroes has one main flaw, the split-screen in local play makes it very difficult to play. Even for me, with my twenty-twenty vision, I had to lean closer to my sixty-inch TV. The wife dusted off her glasses and still struggled. It ruins the enjoyment when you can barely make out the arrows that skewer the cute anthropomorphic characters.

There are two modes in this game. According to their description, Crawl n’ Brawl is for two-four players where they race through a timed dungeon crawl, culminating in an all-out brawl, hence the name.

The other mode is called Tower Crawl, for one-two players that see them climb through an increasingly difficult dungeon. With only three lives each, they must take down each realm’s boss.

When playing against each other the screen is split, as I mentioned above. There are dungeons to get through and strange games to compete in, like snail racing, which was fun, then it’s onto the final challenge, an arena brawl. One of these had us playing Walrus Hockey, where we had to feed our own giant mammal the most sushi before the time ran out.

You would think that the arena was a single screen affair. It could have been, but it wasn’t. Aside from that, it wasn’t a great deal of fun. My kids weren’t keen on the controls and soon lost interest. My wife liked the snail racing but also lost interest after a couple of games, citing the unimaginative levels as the main reason.

I had to agree for the most part, as there weren’t any proper puzzles to solve and we weren’t even in the same dungeon and so we couldn’t hinder one another’s progress. Okay, technically it was the same dungeon, but each player had their own instance of it.

So, what about playing on my own? Well, the second mode lets me play through without anyone else and try to defeat one of the bosses. I reached the boss on my first go but just lost out on a victory. My second attempt was much better, as I found a magical shovel that lets me dig up stat-boosting gems. These can be found in barrels and dropped by defeated enemies. There is a small cool-down, but it never breaks, and so I farmed some gems and buffed my character to the max. Then I breezed through the short game.

The third and fourth time I wasn’t so lucky with the random weapon chests but still managed to defeat the bosses and unlock some of the Challenges, which in turn unlocks some cosmetic items and new characters.

I’ve unlocked around half of the Challenges, but feel no desire to continue. The Platinum Trophy isn’t impossible to obtain and I don’t even need to play online for any of the digital trinkets but it will remain unclaimed for me, and, by the looks of the percentage, everyone else too.

Visuals:
ReadySet Heroes features some brilliant visuals. Animations are excellent and the characters and enemies are wonderfully cute. The dungeons are lovely to look at and it all has a nice cartoon feel.

The visuals are what got my attention, I instantly thought of a Diablo-style game that my whole family could play. It turns out to be a party game that’s mostly played on your own, but at least it looks good.

Audio:
I like the music and sound effects in ReadySet Heroes. The music is reminiscent of a few classic childhood movies. That being said, it all sounds like inspiration was taken from some classic animated movies.

Online/Multiplayer:
So, Tower Crawl is local only co-op and for reasons that baffle me isn’t played on a single screen, or at the very least in a full half of the screen each. Instead, the game squeezes the two screens in the middle between some super-wide black bars. This ruins the experience and makes it not much fun with another player.

Crawl n’ Brawl suffers from the same issue as the other mode when played locally. Online would negate that if it was just me and some friends, none of which own the game. I can play with random players, but every attempt has been futile. I’ve waited for around ten minutes on several occasions with no luck.

What makes it worse is that it should be a cross-platform game allowing me to play with PC players, but I still cannot find a single player. It isn’t like I can do anything either apart from watching the time tick away.

Conclusion:
From the trailer and screenshots I saw before reviewing ReadySet Heroes, I expected to really enjoy it. I thought it would be a fun game for the family. With adorable characters and beautiful locations, this looks great, the controls are good and the weapon variety is nice but the lack of players online and several flaws make it hard to recommend.

I stupidly expected a cute version of Diablo that my family could play, but Robot Entertainment went a different route, which is fine, but what they ended up with just doesn’t work well locally.

On my own, the game is beautiful and fun but doesn’t last long. The Challenges aren’t enough to keep me playing and no one wants to play this party game with me. It could have been so good.

Score:
5.0

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

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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