Never heard of God Mode? Yea, a lot of other people haven’t either, but that’s ok because today we’re going to be taking a look at this Greek themed, multiplayer run-n-gunner!
Hell In A Toga
God Mode centers around running through various maps to earn money and level up your character, while trying to finish the Maze of Hades so you can get the hell out of there and reclaim your godhood.
You can use the money you’ve earned to unlock new styles, weapons, and upgrades for said weapons. This isn’t a bad system, but the style selections are pretty limited. It doesn’t really take anything away from the game’s entertainment value, but most of the styles are just the same as the one before it with a bandoleer strapped to it.
The weapons you can get your hands on are pretty varied, and we even get to see some original ideas, like the futuristic pistol that shoots little electric bolts of AoE devastation. Aside from that, the weapons are fairly standard – SMG, Shotgun(s), Minigun, and a handful of others make up the game’s bullet-spitting greatness.
I often times find myself just using the SMG and Minigun, or the aforementioned AoE Pistol and the Minigun or SMG. Everything else just seems to fall short when it comes to keeping up with these weapons. The shotguns don’t feel like they hit like shotguns should; even at close range it feels like it’s based on luck, rather than skill. Speaking of skills, you can unlock quite a few to help you on your journey back to being a hero.
You Think You Got Skill?
One of the more interesting features of God Mode is its skill system. When you start the game, you’ll have a shield skill. To use it, you’ll have to fill your Rage meter by dealing and receiving damage. You can only equip one skill at a time, so you’ll have to choose wisely. Do you want to mitigate some damage? Maybe cast a healing aura for you and your friends? How about turning nearby fallen enemies into loot? These are just a few of the skills you can take with you into the Maze. I prefer the healing aura, personally, as it makes life a little easier when you’re out of normal health power ups and have your back against a wall.
One of the later skills you can unlock is the titular God Mode, wherein your character will turn into solid gold with an unlimited supply of ammo, and shrug off anything thrown at him. The down side is that it doesn’t seem to last too long, but that’s ok! There’s still the Tests of Faith.
How Strong Is your Faith, Boy?
One of the things that sets God Mode apart from other multiplayer, co-op, arena shooters (Jeez, say that three times fast), are its Tests of Faith. When you enter a new area in God Mode, you’ll find a shrine, and as you approach the Gods will give you a Test of Faith. They might decide that Dice is the best Test, which will have your weapon changing randomly every few seconds, or maybe you’ll get unlimited ammo instead. You might be lucky enough to get Hat, where all your enemies will show up to stomp your ass whilst wearing an assortment of hats. Actually, it reminds me of TF2 a little, everyone has a hat but me.
The Tests can range from absolutely beneficial to frustratingly stupid. I can’t stand Dice when it comes up, I have my load-out for a reason, but that’s what the Test is all about, right? I guess I can’t fault it there. Some of the Tests are great life savers, like God Mode, considering you’ll only start with a certain number of lives. Yep, that’s right, we’re kickin’ it old school with a lives system.
This can be a severe hindrance in multiplayer as players seem to share the lives, and if someone isn’t pulling their weight, it’s only going to add stress to the rest of the team. That said, if you do make it through the section of the Maze, you’ll be rewarded with a large room full of money. Watch your back though, because your friends can shoot you.
It’s Good To Be A God
Before embarking on your journey through any part of the Maze of Hades, you’re allowed the chance to equip some auras that add extra challenge to your run. These also give an extra percentage of the exp and gold based on their difficulty. One of these auras can cause enemies’ attacks to poison you, another one will make your attacks weaker, and enemies’ attacks stronger. Combining the most difficult ones will net you a huge reward of cash and exp, which helps with unlocking weapons, styles, and weapon upgrades as unlocking them is all based on your level.
Is It Worth Going Through Hell?
In the end, God Mode isn’t a bad game, but it isn’t shooting for the stars, either. It’s fun and fast paced for a few hours, after which, you’ll probably move on to something with a bit more depth. At $10USD it’s not a bad deal at all, especially if you’ve got a group of friends you can run with. If you’re not really a fan of the third-person running and gunning, it’s probably best to avoid this one as it doesn’t do anything that would be enough to draw anyone in. Again, is it bad? Hell no. Is it good? Definitely. Is it worth $10? Yes, if you’ve got a group of friends, but if you’re planning to run solo, I’d wait for a sale.
Well, that’s all from me for now.
You folks have fun, take care, and I’ll see you next time!