From the minds that brought you Pig Eat Ball and Shoot 1UP DX, here's the intense off-the-wall run 'n' gun game Weapon of Choice DX.
Weapon of Choice DX tells the story of an alien invasion where you play as a collection of Solus Operatives who are tasked with slaughtering the monstrosities that have begun showing up. Meanwhile, your commander looks a lot like Wilford Brimley which I found funny. Anyway, the whole campaign basically involves traversing stages which usually feature a lot of verticality and layers. As you do so, you'll fend off countless alien monsters with your current character's firearm of choice. You've played plenty of games like it before.
That being said, there's a lot that sets Weapon of Choice DX apart from similar run 'n' gun games. For starters, it features a twin-stick control scheme that makes running and aiming a breeze, especially considering you jump with a shoulder button and you can scale walls and ceilings with automatic robotic helper arms which makes traversal super-intuitive. On top of that, each character has their own firearm and they can also swap to a generic one as well as alter their weapon of choice's attack in various ways by the tap of a button. All of this is handled seamlessly and experimenting with what each character and weapon is capable of is a great deal of fun.
As you explore Weapon of Choice DX's levels, you'll discover allies who you can rescue and doing so allows you to play as them from then on as well as expand your total amount of lives because once you bite the dust, another ally will take your place. Whether you're playing as Xerxes Remington, Constance O'Leary, Moses Longhorn, Chanterelle Marmalade, Rudolph Homunculus, Thwack Jones, or Numble Paul; there's a lot of shooting fun in store, especially with the distinct and mind-blowing psychedelic visuals on display.
Weapon of Choice DX may feature branching paths and intricate stages but it must be said that it's still a very short game overall. You can finish each playthrough in a matter of minutes and once you've reached the end of the few branches, there really isn't much else to do. You can try all of the different difficulty settings and attempt to collect each of the 13 hidden pies but that's about it. Don't get me wrong; Weapon of Choice DX is still a blast and I'll absolutely keep playing it whenever I want some retro shooting action.
Last but not least, Weapon of Choice DX is not only intuitive in the controls department, it also features a handy Death Brushing mechanic that slows time down whenever you're about to perish from an incoming projectile or hazard. Although I found this mechanic extremely helpful and cool, a few bosses still ended up cornering me and ending my life no matter how I tried to escape their grasp. Therefore, memorization is still required in some encounters which can be frustrating at times yet it's still a rewarding game.
Weapon of Choice DX is a blend of old-school action and modern psychedelic presentation that'll have you blasting aliens with a smile on your face. The experience may be quite a short one but you'll have a great time for as long as it lasts.
- + Tight run 'n' gun gameplay with intuitive traversal mechanics
- + Variety of characters with unique weapons
- + Off-the-wall psychedelic visual style
- - Branching campaign is pretty short with not that many stages to master
- - Some attacks require memorization to avoid
- - Lacks replay value aside from finding pies