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Mar
27
2012

Shoot Many Robots coming to Steam (PC)

Hot off the heels of its launch earlier this month (and our review), Demiurge Studios and Ubisoft are proud to announce that its beer-fueled run-and-gun co-op romp, Shoot Many Robots, is heading to Steam on April 6, 2012. Starting today and going through launch, those that pre-order through Steam for just $9.99 will receive a litany of bonuses, including: buy three, get one free (the Steam Four Pack); special gear that enables you to kick butt as Gordon Freeman from Half Life; the dreaded Portal turrets will replace some of the enemy robots; and a special backpack for Team Fortress 2, the Chopper Bot, for the Pyro and Medic classes.

The PC version of Shoot Many Robots is in extremely good and capable hands – Demiurge Studios is the team responsible for bringing the PC version of Mass Effect to the…masses. The PC version will boast sexier graphics (up to 2560×1600 resolution and 60 fps), overhauled and PC-optimized controls and interfaces, fully integrated Steam matching, Facebook matchmaking, Steam achievements and integrated voice chat.

“We’re dedicated PC gamers here at Demiurge Studios, and we wanted to make sure and take the time to do the PC version right,” said Albert Reed, CEO. “We rebuilt the controls for PC and overhauled the user interface so it won’t feel like you’ve turned your keyboard into a gamepad that makes clicky sounds – every detail has been considered to make this an optimized and seamless experience.”

To help kick things on the PC front off, Demiurge Studios will be in their backyard of Boston for PAX East 2012, April 6–8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and will be showing off the fully playable PC version of SMR for the first time anywhere. They’ll also be doling out item cards with code redeemable for in-game loot, so be sure to stop by Booth 612 to blow stuff up and grab your code!

Released by Ubisoft and Demiurge Studios (collaborators on Borderlands, Brothers in Arms, Mass Effect), Shoot Many Robots is a four-player co-op run-n-gun RPG shooter that lets you take out a tidal wave of rusting hulks of metal and degenerating circuits with an array of weaponry that would make any shooter enthusiast proud. Shoot Many Robots™ is packed full of big guns, massive explosions, giant bosses, four-player online mayhem and a ton of customizable gear to unlock.

For more information on either the PC version of Shoot Many Robots™ or Demiurge Studios, please visit www.demiurgestudios.com.

Mar
14
2012

Shoot Many Robots is Now Available to Download

Today, Ubisoft announced that Shoot Many Robots, a 2.5D side-scrolling shooter game, is now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 as well as Sony Entertainment Network. And funny enough, we have a launch day review of SMR.

Developed by Demiurge Studios and published by Ubisoft, Shoot Many Robots stars P. Walter Tugnut, a hillbilly who stockpiles guns, ammo, and beer in his dilapidated RV, awaiting the inevitable robot apocalypse. When the abandoned factory in the distance begins producing robots on its own, Walter sets off in his RV on a robot-killing rampage, hoping to save humanity from an onslaught of robot hordes.

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Mar
14
2012

Shoot Many Robots Review

– Scott Ellison

Our Score: 4 / 5 – Awesome

As the title implies, shooting is a primary function of the game. Also, there are robots and a large quantity of them. Luckily, you are well equipped to do so. P. Walter Tugnut is quite possibly the most ridiculous name in recent memory, but he is a powerful man wishing to end the production of all robots who have come to harm humans – because they blew up his truck and killed his cat. Forget the apocalypse that occurred destroying the buildings and eradicating the humans – he’s out for revenge. You’ll never interact with another human in-game, unless you play co-op.

While it’s entirely possible to play the game in single-player, the ratings you earn on each mission will be much harder to max out at lower levels. You’ll find a lot more enjoyment by taking your game online or joining someone’s game in the cooperative multiplayer which supports up to 4 players, or 2 players locally. The missions are on a 5-star rating system. By collecting nuts (the game’s currency), you will be able to spend it on items for your character and the one with the most at the end of a mission, wins (an achievement). In Shoot Many Robots, the nuts collected when in co-op go into a shared pool that you all work towards to earn that 5-star rating by the end of it. There are loot drops, color-coded to match your on-screen character color. Death and checkpoints are handled differently online than in single-player as you’ll have the ability to revive team-mates when down and checkpoints only replenish ammo and health-kits in the form of beer.

Outside of that, you can customize all types of apparel for your P. Walter Tugnut to wear. You’ll have a finite amount of hand-crafted hats, shirts, and pants to wear. Ranging from beer helmets to to jetpacks to skirts to even Penny Arcade’s Fruit Fucker. While my mere mention of it reveals the surprises within the game, what you see it do to you – is indescribable. You can also equip him with primary and secondary weapons with special stats. Unlocking some of the weapons require you to explore each of the mission areas for secret crates. As I mentioned before, leveling is quite important to the game. It opens up new gear to purchase but also scales the enemies for each mission. There are no attributes to assign your character when you do level up, but the stats that the weapons and clothing carry is more than enough.

Looks-wise, the game a soft cel-shaded art style comparable to Borderlands. It’s fast and fluid, regardless of how many robots are dumped onto your screen, which can easily be 50 robots at a time. It’s intense, frantic, and amazing to see. Backgrounds to each mission are are smooth and detailed as they animated in the background as to evoke that you’re a small part of something bigger going on around you. Sound is solid, but also hit and miss as I found that the sound of the gunfire subdued to the music or other effects. It happens randomly and not often, so you’re likely to miss it or it’ll be patched quickly.

The mission structure is wonderfully done. You’ll navigate from place to place in your RV. From there you can go to the gear locker to set your gear such as your guns and apparel. Once you’re set, head up to the driver’s seat and pick a location from the map. You are restricted by design to play on the Normal difficulty at first. Hard and Insane missions are locked away until you earn at least 50 Stars in Normal missions. But from there more stars are required to unlock the rest of the missions to play. Variation is stellar in the game. You’ll have to get to the end, fight a robotic overlord, or just survive as long as you can.

The focus of the game is in the co-op, and for good reasons – it’s a lot of fun. Though, many may be put off with that but there’s plenty to enjoy in a solo adventure. There’s a ton of replayability here, which is required to enjoy the game, but if you’re not willing to grind to level up and get better gear – maybe this isn’t for you. However, if all that I’ve said has excited you – then you must go online and buy it now!

Retails for: $9.99, recommended purchase price: $9.99

An XBLA code for the game was provided by Ubisoft for Review purposes

Mar
01
2012

Shoot Many Robots – Customization Trailer

Shoot Many Robots follows P. Walter Tugnut on his mission to kill as many robots as possible after a factory ominously begins to produce killer robots. With an RV full of guns and beer, gamers will experience a four-player co-op run-n-gun, side-scrolling shooter filled with a ton of weapon and item customizations.

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Feb
23
2012

Shoot Many Robots can be Dismantled on March 14th

Today, Ubisoft and Demiurge Studios announced that the four-player co-op shoot ‘em up Shoot Many Robots will launch later next month. Players can download Shoot Many Robots on March 13 for PlayStation Network for $9.99 and March 14 on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 800 Microsoft Points.

Shoot Many Robots follows P. Walter Tugnut on his mission to kill as many robots as possible after a factory ominously begins to produce killer robots. With an RV full of guns and beer, gamers will experience a four-player co-op run-n-gun, side-scrolling shooter filled with a ton of weapon and item customizations.

P. Walter Tugnut will be up against a massive army of killer robots. Take a look at some of the new additions to this mechanical army here:

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Feb
06
2012

Shoot Many Robots presents “Meet the Robots” trailer

There’s a new Shoot Many Robots trailer, “Meet The Robots”. Developed by Demiurge Studios, Shoot Many Robots will be available for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network. Last time we saw it, we saw the Rendering Modes.

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Jan
09
2012

Shoot Many Robots – Dev Diary

“Shoot Many Robots” is on its way, coming to XBLA and PSN very soon. In the meantime, Demiurge Studios has created a very compelling ‘Render This’ video, giving a “behind the curtain” look at the game’s development. Showing off the various rendering modes that are used to catch bugs. It’s also a great way to see the layers of gameplay peeled back to see how it all comes together.