Just four cool ninjas hanging out in a stairwell, doing ninja stuff.
This may not be a big deal for some players, but for people looking to have their own roster of characters, it could dictate on which system they decide to purchase the game. It should be noted that you can reset a character's data in the main menu. This is a RESET, not a respec, which means it erases all the character's experience points and MC's.
Four Moon Divers are nigh invincible for the first half of the game. Droves of enemies fall at your slashing blades. Bosses shudder from your onslaught of MoonSault Combos. Players can heal and revive each other. When one player is incapacitated, they are bound by chains. Other players can hack at these bonds to free their downed comrade. If they are not cut free in a set amount of time they are removed from the game and have to wait ten seconds to respawn. All four characters have to die to get the old game over screen.
As good as the game is with friends, it becomes a manic mess with strangers. Even in online play, characters are forced onto one shared screen. The camera usually focuses on the most advanced Moon Diver, so slower players are left behind rather easily. Luckily, the game is incredibly forgiving for missing jumps. Players won't fall to their death. They just take a small amount of damage and are either warped to the other players, or given an opportunity to climb out of whatever hole they've found themselves in. This can leave slower players watching a "P2" with an arrow indicating their position for much of the platforming levels, and some internet players are speed demons. You can even have all four players use Blue Guy, but then it's just a clustersmurf.
If you are still on the fence, check out the above launch trailer. Yep, the music sounds like the opening of the Blade movie through out the game. The first half of Moon Diver is a blast with some friends, either locally or online. The game is still fun with strangers, as long as everyone is talking. Mute strangers won't do you much good, but are a shade better than going it alone. Eventually, Moon Diver follows too closely in its predecessor's footsteps. A prohibitive level of difficulty will turn off all but the most dedicated players. Sure, you could grind out levels and power up your character, but there's just too many other great games out there. If you are an action platformer fan who likes a good challenge, and have some like-minded friends, this may be the game for you. As you can see from the screenshots and the video, the game looks great. It plays better. It's just a matter of how much punishment you are willing to take.
Moon Diver is available now on the PSN for $14.99. It should be out later this month on the Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 MSP.
The Co-Op Experience: The Diver System allows players to jump in or out at any time, for a maximum of up to four players total. Guest players are awarded experience points for helping out.Combos increase in power and intensity according to the number of players. Collect new combo moves by picking them up on the map or fulfilling certain requirements.
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