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Apr
17
2012

XOTIC Temple Crypt DLC is Now Available

Xotic, a genre-bending indie FPS standout, is releasing the Temple Crypt downloadable content pack.  This 2nd expansion pack adds a mysterious new environment to Xotic’s hybrid arcade/puzzle gameplay. Independently developed and launched by WXP Games, the game just released a 2.8 version with new features, new content, new achievements, and fixes. The Temple Crypt DLC is available on Steam for $1.99. We reviewed the base game not too long ago.

The Temple Crypt DLC expansion pack contains 2 combat levels and 1 bonus level. It also includes 4 new achievements:

· All Scabs Left Behind: Finish a level without hitting a Scab
· Time is of the Essence: Finish a Temple Crypt level in Essence Attack mode
· Brain Surgery: Kill multiple brains with 1 shot of the Slayer
· Who Needs Weapons?: Finish a combat level in Essence Attack mode without firing a single shot.

Players explore the mystical crypts and forgotten passageways beneath the planet’s surface as they eliminate the presence of the orb in this exciting update for one of the most unique indie games of the year. 

“We listened to feedback from fans and built levels that feature more of their favorite gameplay, plus some new twists as well.  We know players are really going to like what they see when they dive in to the Temple Crypt and start developing their strategies for reaching the top of the leaderboards,” said Lyndon Sumner, design director of WXP Games. 

Player’s blast their way through 23 cunning levels as they face the minions of the Orb and try to maintain a continuous chain reaction of points to maximize their score. The object is to race to complete each level as quickly as possible to maximize the time bonus, all while collecting powerups, point multipliers and hidden secrets! It’s an exceptionally vibrant arcade-style first-person shooter with unique chain-reaction gameplay and point multiplier mechanics that come together to form a remarkable hybrid. 

In Xotic players explore a unique bio-diverse environment while aiming to rack up millions of points and a spot at the top of the leaderboards. In addition, the game features incredible replay value, as each level requires precision, strategy and practice to maximize the point-scoring potential. Like a great arcade shmup or racing game, each level offers nearly infinite opportunity to improve your score with every playthrough. 

For more information visit www.xoticgame.com . Developed and published by WXP Games, Xotic is rated T for Teen (Animated Blood, Violence) by the ESRB. It costs $9.99 and is available on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/92600/.

Feb
27
2012

Xotic’s first DLC is called “Pipe Works”

Xotic, a genre-bending indie FPS standout, is releasing the Pipe Works downloadable content pack. This latest expansion pack adds great gameplay to this unique, hybrid first-person shooter arcade-style game that is not shy on flair and has a sci-fi twist. Independently developed and launched by WXP Games, the game just recently released a 2.4 version with new features, new content, new achievements, and fixes. The Pipe Works DLC is available on Steam for $1.99.

The first Pipe Works DLC expansion pack contains 2 bonus levels and 1 combat level. It also includes 4 new achievements:

· No Time to Heal – Complete a Pipe Works level in Scab Attack mode

· Death by Fire 
– Defeat a level using only the Scorch weapon

· Even More Perfect – Complete a Perfect Chain with a point multiplier powerup active

· Waste Not Want Not – Complete a non-tutorial combat level with greater than 95% accuracy

Players explore the towers of metal and ancient aqueducts beneath the planet’s surface and eliminate the presence of the orb in this exciting update for one of the most unique indie games of the year.

Xotic takes the FPS genre to a new space and has been recognized for its excellence. Xotic was named 2011 “Top casual PC game of the year!” by Adrenaline Vault and received an honorable mention in Nukezilla’s 2011 Game of The Year Awards by breaking the mold of FPS games – no small achievement for an indie game. I even had very nice things to say about it in our review of Xotic.

“We are really excited about the expansion pack.  It contains many elements of what players have been looking for – so we know they are really going to like what they see,” said Lyndon Sumner, design director of WXP Games.

In Xotic players explore a unique bio-diverse environment while aiming to rack up millions of points and a spot at the top of the leaderboards. In addition, the game features incredible replay value, as each level requires precision, strategy and practice to maximize the point-scoring potential. Like a great arcade shmup or racing game, each level offers nearly infinite opportunity to improve your score with every playthrough.

The recent Xotic 2.4 update includes new graphics options, new speed run game modes, new content, new achievements, support for DLC, a vastly improved tutorial, improved translations, and a variety of fixes for customer-reported issues.

For more information visit www.xoticgame.com. Developed and published by WXP Games, Xotic is rated T for Teen (Animated Blood, Violence) by the ESRB. It costs $9.99 and is available on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/92600/.

Jan
27
2012

Xotic Review

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– Scott Ellison

Our Score: 4 / 5 – Awesome

NOTE: This review is after the most recent patch: 2.4 on PC, and not an initial release review.

Xotic was a game that came out late last year that I didn’t know much about. It went on sale during Christmas/New Year’s for both XBLA and on Steam. Xotic is an indie game, developed and published by a handful of guys who have a unique vision. YouTube is filled to the brim with mostly early PC games like Doom and Quake and even Half-Life of people exploiting each and every nook and cranny of a level to maximize the fastest time to speedrun the game. What if there was a game deliberately built for speedruns? Xotic is that game.

This is not your run-in-the-mill first person shooter. Xotic is a fast-paced, precise, score driven, adrenaline-infused game where maintaining a combo and prioritizing targets to get the best score is key to success. Each level you can earn up to five stars based on time, combos, score, objectives, and accuracy. The game isn’t clear on what you need to do for that level to get the star, but not meeting that goal is a disappointment, but also gives you incentive to go back and try and beat your own score. Or if that isn’t motivation enough, seeing a friend on the leaderboards score higher. It’s a constant drive to want to do better, even if you feel you’re not good.

Your character is quite the odd looking creature, a decrepit-looking alien wielding an organic gun that is reminiscent of Half-Life’s Xen levels near the end and weapons you come to use. Though you only see yourself as the camera swings around before you take control, you certainly don’t look like you’d do well in these arenas. The backstory is convoluted, but not necessary for what the gameplay actually is. And by this moment I’ve forgotten what the story is about. You will fight a small number of enemies in each level, but the enemies you do encounter look similar to you and are willing to take you out at any cost and should not be underestimated.

Xotic spans over 4 different areas, each level with it’s own feel. Currently, the game shows off 4 more locations that are “Coming Soon” and it isn’t clear whether it’ll be free or paid DLC, but more content is certainly welcome. At the beginning of each level I found myself wasting time just to walk a level and strategize what I need to do, then restart the level and test out my strategy. More often than not I succeeded in getting at least 4 stars, but mostly received 5 stars. While that’s all well and good, my scores didn’t place me high on my friends leaderboard or the world leaderboard. The game humbles you quite often, and gives you that push to do better. Scores can be increased by increasing the difficulty. If you ratchet up to Hard, your multiplier is permanently set to x3 and will instantly get a better score should you beat the level.

Unfortunately your characteristics are not static, you will be able to unlock upgrades as you progress through the game by earning experience at each level’s completion. Upgrading does not become overpowered or imbalanced, but just allows you to do get better scores and be more efficient in levels. The game will quickly bring you down to reality if you start to feel God-like breezing through the levels, though. Upgrades include better health, more energy, or adding new power modes to your existing gun to then help overcome the odds.

This is a very colorful game, but the enemies and other structures you encounter can look bad up close, but it’s certainly up to standards for today’s gaming and maintains a high frame rate that you can’t complain about.

Xotic lives up to the name, by being exotic, unique, and different in all the right ways. It’s got nearly infinite replayability as long as you want to be competitive.

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

A Steam (PC) digital code for the game was provided by PR for Review purposes

Jan
20
2012

Xotic’s 2.4 Update

Xotic is a genre-bending FPS unlike any other with a unique, hybrid first-person shooter (FPS) arcade-style flair and sci-fi twist. Independently developed and launched by WXP Games , the game has been updated to version 2.4 with new features, new content, new achievements, and fixes to further improve the outstanding gameplay. The PC Game for Windows is available for $9.99.

“The new Xotic 2.4 incorporates a lot of the feedback we got about the game when it first launched. We specifically worked on the areas where players said we needed to change. Today the gameplay is improved to a point where players will really see, feel and appreciate the difference,” said Lyndon Sumner, design director of WXP Games. “Even if you’ve already played through the game, check out the new tutorial for valuable gameplay techniques like hologram riding that are essential to Xotic.  You’ll need to master them all to dominate the new speed run attack modes.”

Xotic is an exceptionally vibrant arcade-style first-person shooter with unique chain-reaction gameplay and point multiplier mechanics that come together to form a remarkable hybrid. In Xotic players explore a unique bio-diverse environment while aiming to rack up millions of points and a spot at the top of the leaderboards. In addition, the game features incredible replay value, as each level requires precision, strategy and practice to maximize the point-scoring potential. Like a great arcade shmup or racing game, each level offers nearly infinite opportunity to improve your score with every playthrough.

Players blast their way through 23 cunning levels as they face the minions of the Orb and detonate chain reactions to maximize their score. The object is to race to complete each level as quickly as possible to maximize the time bonus, all while collecting powerups, point multipliers and hidden secrets!

The Xotic 2.4 update incorporates many changes since the launch of the game including  adding new graphics options, new speed run game modes, new content, new achievements, support for DLC, a vastly improved tutorial, improved translations, and a variety of fixes for customer-reported issues.

New Features:

•  Windowed Mode – Game can now be run in windowed mode
•  Scab Attack game mode: Destroy all scab plants in each level as quickly as possible.  Includes 23 new leaderboards.
•  Essence Attack game mode: Collect all the Orb Essence in each level as quickly as possible.  New Orb Essence content exclusive to this mode added to all levels.  Get ready to bust our your hologram riding technique! Includes 23 new leaderboards.
•  Orb Attack game mode: Destroy all the Orb Brains in each level as quickly as possible.  New Orb Brain content exclusive to this mode added to all levels. Includes 23 new leaderboards.
•   Added support for additional levels via DLC packs
•   New tutorial designed to teach key mechanics of the game such as hologram riding and flight.

New Achievements:

•  Improved translations for all languages
•  Brain Freeze achievement is now obtainable after winter sale, Find and destroy a blue Crystal Orb Brain (they appear after completing any level goal in a bonus level).
• Upgrade screen is bypassed in time-attack modes
•  New indicator in time attack modes shows remaining goals
•  Contagion: poison an enemy and have him poison another enemy.
•  Goal Oriented: Finish all 3 level goals (scabs, brains & essence) with a point multiplier invoked.
•  Gravity Defying: Perform 3 Aerial combos without touching the ground or a hologram.
•   Completionist: Finish all levels (non-DLC) in all modes.
•  Head Hunter: Destroy the five robot heads in the game.
•   Airborne Killer: 5 consecutive fly kills.
•   Mega Speed Kill: Kill 6 enemies in under 30 seconds.
•   Sky is the Limit: Land on 1000 hard holograms.

Improvements:

•   Added a 3-2-1 countdown at the beginning of the levels to emphasize the importance of speed.
•  Game difficulty can now be changed without starting a new game.
•  Scroll boxes now respond to click-hold for scrolling.
•  Perfect Chains accomplished are displayed on map screen

For more information visit www.xoticgame.com . Developed and published by WXP Games, Xotic is rated T for Teen (Animated Blood, Violence) by the ESRB. It costs $9.99 and is available on Steam athttp://store.steampowered.com/app/92600/.