Hands-on: Radical Heights is a free battle royale game oozing

    Final week Boss Key stated it was shifting on from Lawbreakers to a “ardour venture.” Now only a handful of days later that zeal venture is out on Steam. I didn’t anticipate such a quick turnaround, however the recreation known as Radical Heights, and it’s a free-to-play, ‘80s recreation show-themed battle royale shooter. Mainly, it’s The Running Man.

    And you already know what? I prefer it.

    Smash and seize

    Okay, “like” is possibly too robust a phrase for what’s right here. I believe it has potential although. Radical Heights cribs plenty of its finest concepts from the arcade basic Smash TV, however I’m hardly going to complain about that. There’s an over-the-top announcer yell-talking dangerous jokes at you, there are “prizes” to choose up. It’s very a lot that kind of recreation present aesthetic, and it matches nicely with the low-stakes setup of battle royale matches.

    IDG / Hayden Dingman

    Money is the breakout distinction between Radical Heights and its predecessors. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite are each centered across the loot. You stroll right into a constructing, you vacuum up all of the weapons and helmets and no matter mendacity on the bottom, you permit. Fortnite launched “Merchandising Machines” lately, letting you commerce crafting supplies for objects, however they’re nonetheless a secondary concern.

    In Radical Heights, loot is extra sparse. However, virtually each constructing you enter has a money register or change machines ready inside. Smash them, and also you’ll decide up money. Different instances you’ll discover prizes, like a recreation console, and their money worth will likely be added to your whole.

    When you’ve accrued a small fortune, it’s time to purchase. There are weapon and kit distributors in every single place, promoting all the things from armor to distant explosives to weapons. Run as much as the machine, press “E,” and also you’ve obtained your self a shiny new toy. Don’t like what that one’s promoting? Go subsequent door and there’s most likely one other machine. They’re in every single place.

    Radical Heights IDG / Hayden Dingman

    It’s a neat system, and permits Boss Key to twist the battle royale components a bit. My favourite thought in Radical Heights is the ATM. At any level, as a substitute of spending your accrued money you’ll be able to as a substitute discover an ATM and deposit it. That cash then turns into accessible to you exterior the match, to purchase beauty objects for instance. But it surely additionally carries over—discover an ATM in a future match and your cash will likely be there ready. Like Rogue Legacy or FTL/Into the Breach, it’s a forgiving system that makes it really feel such as you’ve made some progress even should you solely ran round for 15 minutes after which obtained shot.

    Weapons really feel higher than in Fortnite, which is an admittedly low bar however nonetheless some extent in Radical Heights’s favor. It’s not fairly as hardcore as PUBG’s ballistics, however weapons no less than reliably shoot the place you’re aiming them.

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