THQ Nordic is the company to go to when it comes to reviving some great games, and Sine Mora EX is another hit on their hands.
Side-scrolling shoot-em-ups with big bosses and lots of explosions are a nice distraction for adventure games or other genres, and the original Xbox 360 game Sine Mora was great fun, even if it had an overblown political war story that better remains forgotten. Originally developed by the now defunct Hungarian studio Digital Reality and the Japanese company Grasshopper Manufacture, it certainly had quite a background. Now with the help of THQ Nordic and Gyroscope Games, the EX version makes it even more impressive to play.
The bullet hell shooter’s most interesting mechanic is the use of time, i.e. being hit reduces the available time per level and destroying targets adds valuable time that constantly counts down to zero. Sometimes the camera doesn’t simply show everything from a 2D perspective, but moves around, giving the already beautiful environments more depth. 7 stages and over 50 different weapon combinations with time manipulating devices make it a more varied experience, while the music composed by Akira Yamaoka of Silent Hill and Shadows of the Damned fame adds to the tension in addition to boss designs by Mahiro Maeda who did the animated scenes of Kill Bill: Vol. 1. If one wants to, there’s also a the Arcade mode that skips all the narrative cutscenes and concentrates on the action.
The new version, Sine Mora EX, features a 16:9 aspect ratio, full English voice overs, local co-op for up to 2 players in the Story mode, and the 3 new versus modes Race, Tanks, and Dodgeball. New challenge levels, improved rendering as well as native 4K at 60 fps are welcome additions, too, but only on PC and PS4 Pro. The game is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but it will come to the Nintendo Switch this summer soon. There’s also a 20% launch discount that will last until August 15, 5PM UTC.
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