Superhot is an indie first-person shooter developed by Superhot Team and is available this month on PS NOW. It’s a unique game where the action only moves forward when you move, so if you stand still, time stands still, well almost as it moves very slowly. It’s like a game of cat and mouse where you have to work out how to take down the enemies without being shot. Time moves fast or slow depending on your movements.
Superhot’s story is like a simulation of a game being created and you’re almost like a game tester but you’re stuck in the game and occasionally you have these text chats with the developer. It’s a bit weird but it’s definitely an interesting way of presenting a game. Superhot has a whiteout environment with red colored enemies and black objects that you can use as weapons either for melee or for ranged combat. It’s very clean and minimalist in style and it’s definitely a unique art style.
The menus in this game are akin to a Bios menu on a PC and you can explore these menus for little bonuses. Each level you’re dropped in, you have to kill the enemies to finish the level. It’s one hit kills so you have to be perfect to progress. The enemies either run at you or they use their ranged weapons. It’s a bit like The Matrix in parts as you can slow time down and see the bullets coming towards you so you can plan your evasive maneuvers.
When you kill an enemy, they shatter as if they are made of glass and that’s really satisfying to see your long-distance gunshot crash into them in a super slowmo moment as their body crumbles into a pile of glass shards. Overall, it’s got a simple arcade feel to it and the levels are all different and the overarching narrative kind of links them together loosely but it’s not really a story game.
It’s more level by level where you have to keep going, surviving and killing all the enemies. It’s quite a short game and it takes between 3 – 5 hours to complete depending on how good you are at these types of games. The graphics are really nice and really simple as it’s very clean, it has a very white environment, very bright and it makes seeing the enemies and the black objects very easy in Superhot.
Overall, visually it’s a nice experience to play and to look at as it’s got that kind of uniqueness to it and it’s very smooth with no glitchy graphics or anything that I noticed. The sound effects are very limited and minimal much like the visuals. The guns, the melee strikes and the environmental effects are just nice and clean. I can’t really say much about the music as the game doesn’t really feature much at all. There are bits and pieces here and there but generally its unnoticeable.
Superhot is an original idea and the ability to control time is really cool. Overall Superhot is an enjoyable game to play, the levels are all different, the art style is also really good and the only downside I can think of is that it is a little bit on the short side. Superhot is a cool indie title that does things a little bit differently to other games.
It’s got a very cool art style; it’s challenging for a brief time and overall, I did enjoy it. It’s well worth a look if you’re seeking something clean or something different but it’s not going to last you very long and that’s fine as you can complete the game in 1 or 2 sessions. So, if this review interested you please try out Superhot on PS NOW.
Overall Superhot is an enjoyable game to play, the levels are all different, the art style is also really good and the only downside I can think of is that it is a little bit on the short side.