As a gamer that has been playing since the Atari 2600, I really enjoy when a game comes along that tries to re-imagine an old genre or game. I really love it when succeed in releasing a new game that captures the retro spirit, but elevates it a totally new level. 8Days is a twin stick shooter that harkens back to the days of Contra, but ups the ante.
The world has been dominated by dark forces since the beginning of human history. Known as The Masters of Mankind by those directly under their control, these forces will use any means necessary to protect their own interests including starting wars. In 8DAYS the mercenary company G.O.D. Inc. and the 8DAYS Magazine are two modern instruments used to control the masses. G.O.D. ( Gold, Oil, Diamonds Inc. ) is primarily a peacekeeping force and 8DAYS ensures the bias of public opinion. Players take on the role of Lola "Wasp" or Mike "Ghost", two of G.O.D.’s expendable mercenaries.
You start out by picking which Merc you wish to use, then you are tossed right into the action. Sort of. As you start your 1st mission you are captured and must fight your way out of prison. Once you are free you must continue your mission and stop the uprising. Unlike games of yesteryear you have a very limited supply of ammo, so you can't just spray bullets and hope for the best. You have to be accurate with your shots or else you will be bringing a knife to a gun fight. As you progress through the levels you will find new and more powerful weapons, each with limited ammo. If you down an enemy that is holding the same weapon as you, you have the ability to grab a few extra clips.
The game is designed so that each time you go through a level it can be different. There are multiple path ways through the levels so you can pick how you want to attack the level, and which course is the easiest for you. To add to the depth of the game there are also hidden areas that usually hold better weapons and health packs. You can even step your game up even more by tossing on a 2nd controller and having a friend play as the other mercenary.
The graphics inn the game will take you back to the early days of console gaming. Even though they're pixelated a bit, they fit well with the style of the game. The in game music will also take you back a bit. One of the coolest features of the game is how they pay homage to the titles that came before it. You will see hat tips in the game design as well as some of the achievements. Not only that, but the game flow and over the top mini bosses will remind you of some of the greatest games from the archives.
8Days is out now on XB1, PS4 and Steam. You can pick it up on the console of your choice for $9.99 and a few dollars less on Steam.