Closers is a new side scroller action game from developer En Masse. If you miss the day’s of classic beat em’ up games you won’t want to miss this.
Back in the 1990s arcade side scrolled brawlers were at the top of their game. With games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, and X-Men. Closers is trying to bring that same classic experience back to PC with a cool episodic twist. Based in Japan, and done in an anime style, Closers follows five teenagers with psychic super powers called the Black Lambs in the futuristic city of New Seoul. The Black Lambs will struggle with balance the everyday obligations of high school life with the daunting task of saving the world from an army of invading interdimensional aliens. When you’re tasked with saving all of civilization, who’s got time for homework am I right?
Depth, Inside and Outside of Combat
You can play up to four players in online co-op and each character will have their own unique dialog to go along with their own personal back stories. Each character will also have a drastically different combat style and will have their own unique combo set. En Masse stresses that each character will have their own path through the complex, branching narrative. By upgrading your skills and getting new weapons along the way you’ll unlock new powers to help you send those interdimensional monsters back to hell.
Closers will also feature costumes that can be purchased via micro transactions. Like Kritika Online, En Masse intends to use micro transactions only for cosmetic gear. Closers will be getting a closed alpha soon but no exact dates were given. Currently, Closers is a PC game only we hope to one day see it come to consoles.
Let’s take a second to talk about microtransactions. Closers is planned to be a free game which is awesome and En Masse is really awesome for that. However, the trade off there is that they have to make money some how. Maybe when Unicef starts making games they won’t have microtransactions. However, until that day comes, Microtransactions, done correctly, aren’t a bad thing. En Masse is a business after all and has to make money. Personally, I have no problem throwing them a few bucks for a kickin’ costume when the game is free. But hey, that’s just me.
Hands on at PAX West
When I got a chance to play Closers at PAX I really enjoyed the game. I liked the combat and it felt like I was transported back to the old streets of rage days with the awesome brawler action. The game was enjoyable and has an interesting plot to it. While I didn’t get as much time to play as I would have liked I did uncover some cool mechanics that allow you to cancel an enemies attack and learned some cool combos early on. This is one game you won’t want to miss if you’re a fan of old school beat em’ ups.