When people talk about the most anticipated games of the year, those lists are typically full of big-budget games. First-Party games and other exclusives are usually what excite people the most. Honestly, while those are titles gamers look forward to, the indie scene is what truly excites me. Independent developers often take risks and do things that the more popular studios don’t often do. Over the next two weeks, the Xbox Enthusiast team will be highlighting some of the games to look forward to in 2018. For the inaugural installment, I’ll be talking about Full Metal Furies, a unique beat ’em up from Cellar Door Games.
Title: Full Metal Furies
Publisher: Cellar Door Games
Developer: Cellar Door Games
Release Date: January 17th, 2018
Full Metal Furies is a take on the beat ’em up genre from Cellar Door Games, the studio known for the stellar Rogue Legacy. This game features four unique characters each with their own playstyles, abilities, and difficulty levels. Full Metal Furies is fast, fierce, and challenging, with a focus on cooperative gameplay. There’s local, online co-op, and Cross-Platform play (via Play Anywhere), but people who prefer to play solo will be able to swap characters on the fly. The visuals have a retro feel, but the gameplay mechanics are very modern and even contain a few RPG elements for fans of character customization.
Full Metal Furies left me blown away after the demo shown during PAX East 2017. I played the game by myself and with two other convention goers and had a blast. There is a lot of strategy to the game, and while the learning curve is steep, the payoff is rewarding. Combat feels fluid and satisfying. Each of the characters feel as if they belong as part of a team. While playing the game alone is definitely fun, the camaraderie between players is what drives the game forward. I think Full Metal Furies can be the best local co-op game to come to the Xbox One for a while. There haven’t been many games that rekindle the feeling of gathering with friends on a Friday night, to destroy some enemies. Cellar Door Games mastered the Rogue-like genre with Rogue Legacy, and I can’t wait to see how they hone their craft with the awesome looking, Full Metal Furies.
There’s nothing really concerning regarding Full Metal Furies. Not much is known about the game at the moment, but if I’ve learned anything from the talented team at Cellar Door Games, we shouldn’t need to worry.
With indie games, it’s difficult to tell whether or not a game will succeed. Full Metal Furies can succeed through word of mouth (from media and people who pick up the game at launch). The name Cellar Door Games should be enough for Full Metal Furies to be purchased on the Xbox Games Store, but nothing is certain. Without a doubt, Xbox Enthusiast will be providing coverage of the game at launch, with our official consensus on the beat em up.
Have you heard about Full Metal Furies? Are you a fan of Cellar Door Games? Be on the lookout for our review once the game launches. Full Metal Furies will be available on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam on January 17th.