E3 2015: Rodea the Sky Soldier spreads its wings

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E3 2015 is starting to seem like a distant memory. We were filled with renewed hope and excitement for new games that we have been waiting on. In fact there were so many that 4 days was nowhere near enough time to see everything. While a majority of the giant AAA titles that were announced won’t be released until 2016 or later, there are still plenty to keep us busy until then. For our NIS and Nintendo fans comes an adventure/platformer titled Rodea the Sky Soldier.

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Now this wasn’t my first rodeo with Rodea. I have had chances to test this little treasure of a game earlier in the year at a NIS press event when it was first announced, and my newest impression of it after my hands-on time during E3 were just as amazing. The gameplay (Sonic meets Nights) for the most part is simple; get from point A to point B, but the trick is you are traversing mostly across islands suspended in the sky. To make it more interesting, you have the ability to fly but not continuously. You will need to land or collide with objects in order refill your flight meter, or risk falling to your doom while making your way to your objective. One of my favorite things is how intuitive the controls are when I picked up the Wii U game pad, although it had been months since my initial hands-on with the game, everything instantly came back to me and I was on my way flying to the end of each level in no time.

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They did add a few new stages in the demo including a larger-than-life Golem boss that could not fit entirely on the screen. This reminded me of a time when I was obsessed with Shadow of the Colossus. The boss stage played out like most traditional boss battles, where the boss has multiple glowing weak points to attack and as you destroy them, his attack patterns adjust to block remaining weak points. Just like the traditional adventure levels, you are ranked upon completing the level which will give you currency to purchase upgrades for Rodea and help you get higher scores for the leaderboards. Sadly the multiplayer portion of the game wasn’t available for preview at E3, but the single player missions I played will hopefully be just enough to hold me over until the game launches this fall.

Rodea the Sky Soldier is scheduled to release in US on October 13, 2015, and EU  on October 16, 2015, for the Wii, Wii U and 3DS platforms.

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