Put your Space suit and Space helmets on and get ready to kill some aliens on an unknown planet because Capsized developed by Alientrap Games Inc. has crash landed on to the Xbox Live marketplace for only 800 Microsoft Points.
Capsized is a run and gun, platform game where you play as an Astronaut whose space ship has been attacked and crashed into an unknown alien planet who finds himself fighting for his life, killing aliens whilst on a search and rescue mission for other crew mates. Each level has different objects where it might be on one level you must just find the exit point, destroying Mysterious Alien Idols, killing certain enemies, or even just finding crew mates and dragging them to the exit in the level.
Each level of Capsized also contains secret areas where you are required to find certain secrets by walking through invisible openings hidden through walls. You certainly have an incentive when playing Capsized in that it’s a good reason to go back and find all secret areas in each level. You are also ranked by how you play on Capsized. Whether it’s how long it took you to complete the level, or whether you found each secret area in that level and also what difficulty you completed the level on. By doing this to the best of your ability you are awarded stars on each level that helps you unlock more arcade modes.
In Capsized you are equipped with a gun, however its upgradable. Throughout the game you will come across certain pickups that offer different upgrades or modifications so to speak such as laser beam, flamethrower, rapid fire etc, which all have limited ammo or infinite ammo for the basic/weaker gun. You also have a jet-pack which you can use to fly all over the place, sometimes only a limited of time depending you find fuel, unless you find the rechargeable jet-pack fuel pick up. The last tool you are equipped with is called the ‘Gravity hook’ which makes you able to pick up heavy objects to move/throw and to even swing off platforms/ledges like Spiderman which makes it really easy to manoeuvre through levels when you have no fuel left in your jet-pack.
Arcade Mode is also used in Capsized where you can not only versus friends in different modes like, Team Deathmatch, collecting oxygen tanks in a certain amount of time or even just killing wave upon wave of enemies to see how far you can survive. You can also add bots into the game so that you have some help just in case you have no friends who actually have this game like me can still play and enjoy and not feel very lonely and like you’re doing all the work!
Sound and Visuals
Even though Capsized uses no voice acting what so ever it still presented a reasonably good storyline in each level using a few comic strip scenes which explained what was happening and painted a good picture. The visuals used in Capsized fit well with the scenery of an unknown Alien planet by using colourful environments and weird wacky plants/statues. Even though there were limited amount of enemies it all still fitted perfectly in place with each other and was a real great visual experience.
The way Capsized looked, played and felt when I moved around each level was smooth, enjoyable and also was a great eye candy for the player. When playing through, Capsized did start to feel really repetitive and I felt it might have needed a few little funny one liner voice acting just to break the awkward silence you find yourself in during the whole game. It’s a shame that enemies weren’t given weird alien noises small things like that etc to enhance the experience. All in saying that though Capsized was a good game which I would recommend to someone who enjoys platformer titles and likes to kill aliens to nice soothing music, then this is your kind of game!