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Feral Fury (Xbox)

Developed by Skandivania Games, Feral Fury will be available on Xbox One on the 30th August for $9.99 (£7.99).

Feral Fury is a fast paced, rogue-lite, top down, twin stick shooter and it is totally addictive! It is so easy to master the controls and you can have just as much fun playing for 30 minutes as you can 3 hours. 

There are 15 procedurally generated stages split into 5 chapters and they look great, nice and colourful and well animated. I haven't struggled with any drop in framerate, even when there are multiple explosions happening around me! Most twin stick shooters I play tend to have loud thumping background music. I love that Feral Fury's music is well balanced with the sounds of enemies firing, your weapons firing as well as picking up coins and other sound effects along the way. 

You are a panda (humans were wiped out long ago), you have a gun and you need to clear each room of enemies as you explore the map and find the exit. Easy? Not really. Aside from enemies, there are also environmental hazards such as mines and bombs. 

There are 3 difficulties: 
Easy; wonderfully named as "butterflies and birthday parties". I love that on easy mode there are no end of stage bosses and when you kill enemies, a trail of butterflies is left behind! 
Hard; unlocked by completing the normal run which, let's face it, will be brutal considering my current struggle with normal!  

By no means am I an expert at twin stick shooters but I can't help myself from playing them. I find myself getting better after each run I attempt to complete and then I'll peak and start getting worse again, perhaps it is the amount of concentration required coupled with the feeling of not being able to progress as quickly as I would like to that ultimately ends in my subconscious resignation?

Nonetheless, having an easy mode is perfect to get yourself warmed up and familiar with the game until you're ready to increase the difficulty and start facing bosses. To be honest, the bosses aren't all that difficult if you have taken your time and explored the whole map, finding shops, vending machines and chest rooms which all give you upgrades and guns which in turn will make you much stronger against your foes.

On the flip side, there are also curses which you can unleash upon your game; ranging from slippery floors, more rooms, enemies can shoot through cover and even bouncy bullets! So far, these have only happened when I am at the wishing well and are (thankfully) removed again once you reach a boss level (part 4 of each chapter). 

There is SO much to this game! Secret rooms, locked doors, shops, vending machines and chests which can drop health as well as ammo and special upgrades. There are well over 150 collectible items including helmets, weapons, drones, guns, scrolls and power-ups and you can keep track of what you have managed to pick up by visiting the compendium in the main menu. 

Feral Fury is rogue-lite so when you die, that's the end of the run but you have a plethora of items available to buy provided you have enough currency (collect the orbs that drop from enemies upon their death!) to strengthen you. Thankfully the upgrades are noticeable immediately and being able to start each run with an assault rifle helped me hugely!

There is also a daily run (which is endless) where everybody will have the same seed as you, the same 3 random items and the same curse. The point here is to get the highest score possible to place on the global leaderboards! I even managed to get 1st place before the game was officially released and in the early hours of the morning so nobody else had submitted a score yet. Unfortunately I have encountered crashing at the same point in one of the daily run rooms. I tried it three times and the game sent me back to the Xbox dashboard each time; going a different way did help but I think something does need looking into here as it has only happened to me during one of the daily runs and not in the normal game play.

Feral Fury has 29 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. There are some that are just progression based achievements but there a few really creative ones that I love! A good amount of achievements with a healthy mix of requirements needed! If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of helpful information!

Overall I absolutely LOVED playing Feral Fury. I just wish there was another mode to the game... perhaps a survival mode with endless enemies? I also would have liked a co-op option, I think that would be a lot of fun! If I had to give it a score it would be a solid 8/10. Fantastic game and I definitely recommend playing it! 

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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