Day 1: A friend insisted I play the game that he has been obsessed with for months now. I do not see what the appeal is. It’s just a first-person game with a cool time mechanic.
Day 8: I gave the game another go since I had nothing better to do. I have to admit, the challenges are kind of fun. Being out-numbered and out-gunned, thinking about your next action before executing it, dodging bullets and just seeing everything at a standstill.
Day 12: I can’t stop thinking about it. All I want to do is play it. I feel this….obsession sinking into my head…clawing…scratching…whispering…
D̵̝̩̔̍à̶̼̻̜̈̚ý̸̢̘͙̾͜ ̴̫̘̼̊͛̈ ̶̛̬͝2̵͎̳̋̑͌1̸̮̘̗̦͐̀̑͘:̵̝̋̑̋
̷̭͋ ̵̤̠̂ ̵̲͉͇͔̏̒B̶̧̯̦͖̽Ỏ̸̩̱D̷̟͈̯̏͝͝Í̴͉̺̘̂̉ͅĖ̵̛̯͓ͅS̶̢̞̣͍̋ ̶͚̻̃͜͠Ā̵͔Ŕ̶̠É̴͍͠ ̴̩̀̈́Ḓ̵̢͙̆̐͆I̴̡͚̽Ṡ̶̼͙͠͝P̵̼̓̚Ỏ̴̩̣̲͠ͅS̴̢̲̺̳̍͘Á̷̘͠B̸̰̱̈̀̈́L̶͓̅͆̏͝E̵̼͚͇͆̓̚̚
̷̰͊M̴̳̞͐͌̈́I̷͔͖͇͑̿N̶̜͈̤̎̆̈́̕D̷̜͖̔͊͊̈́ ̴̥̮̠̒I̸̘̒̔̀S̸͕̥̮̋̋ ̵̱̲̼̬͐́̃͝Ş̴̜̩̝̈́̇͌Ó̴͎̘͖̤͗̋F̴̣͇̏T̵̮͈̈́W̸̘̰̔̏A̶͓͖͍̅R̴̟̺̩̟͗E̸̻̱̯͒͗̑
D̶̸̥̥͖a͝҉͙̭̗̖̗̦̱̣̹̣͖̗̖͓͈͠y҉͓̣̹̭͈̹̞͕͖̳͓̲͞ ͎͇̼̯̲͝҉̶̸̜̣̖̰̬͜͠ ̷̨̲̖͇̼̩̟͠ ̴̮̪̺͉͕̼̪̫̪̫̣̰̬̩̣͙̖͔͜ͅ ̢҉̠̘̠̫͖̭̭͉͍̯̞͎̜̺̠ͅ ̛҉̦͈͍̲̞̟̲͉͖͔̰̪̫̯͎͓̘̕͞ͅ
̸̪̬̹̩̝̜̤̞͕̙̰͇̻̭̕͢ͅ ̷͢҉̞̱͖̪͙͈̲̯̠̙͚͉̯̺ͅ ̷̵͕̘͎̦̣̪̱̬͔͔͚̬͚͙̱ ҉͚̩̤͔͔̝͎͓̟̝̼͉̰̺̮̹͞ ̸̮͎̟͚͟ ̢̟̟̗̲̱ ̨̟͕̫̥͖̲̲̩̫̲̬̗͚͝ ̨̨̨͕̥͚̲̬͘̕ ̴͓͈͓͍͕̱̗͈̣̟ ̛̤̣̲͎̥̮̩͉͍͚͎̞̤͚͟͞ ̢̧͔̭͍͓͟͢͞ ̷̨̨̙̻̣͙̪͖̝̘̼̫̦̪͠ͅ ̵̖̲̜͎̤̩͉̩̖̱͉͙͡ ̱̥̲̗́͢ ͈͓͈͍͇̮͙̟͇͎̻̖̖͔̩̲̼̣̀̕͟͟ ̸͏̴̶̢͚̱̼̦͙̠̯̹̮̯̯̝ ͜͏͖̱̞͓̘ ̢͚̺̥̳͔̼̻͔̤͞ͅͅ ̢̧̱̙̫̙̭͕̤̞͉̞̘̗̬̼ ̡̨̧̼͈̦̮͔̹̻̝̳̪̹͓͙̩̺͈̱̝ͅ ҉̴̨̠̳̯̭̝̯̘̤̱͈̣̖̤̪̫̙́ ҉̡̯̳̻͎ͅ ̶̠͓͓͇̖͕̘͈̺͇̱̙̟̥͟ͅ ̸̢̯̣͍̥̘̮͙͙̠̙͉̠̘̀J̨͕͔͈̳̣͕͍͈̗̱͡͡͞͝Ǫ̦̺͔̙̹͔͖̠̲̜̖̠̞̥͟I̵̵̭͙̲̹̦͞N̶̴̡̳̳̺͈̱̪͉̹͖͇̭̙͉̭̥͟ ̛͇̘̞̥̕͜͟U͏͍̘̯̰͔͕̤͍̫̫̰̼̀S̸̷̛̱͔̝̼̼̬̪̪̙͉͇͎̜̰͖
҉̶̸̜̣̖̰̬͜͠ ̷̨̲̖͇̼̩̟͠ ̴̮̪̺͉͕̼̪̫̪̫̣̰̬̩̣͙̖͔͜ͅ ̢҉̠̘̠̫͖̭̭͉͍̯̞͎̜̺̠ͅ ̛҉̦͈͍̲̞̟̲͉͖͔̰̪̫̯͎͓̘̕͞ͅ ̴̛̙̦̜̥̩͉͙͖̝͝ ͏̶̢̱̳̻͉͔ ̢̡̤̣̘̘̙̲̮̣͙̠̖ ̵̗͕̠̙͈̘̗̼͍̳̀ ̧̻̼̖͍͖͇̞̹͢͡ ̛̱̭̟̖͚̣̰͖̰̞̥͔̙̺͓̫͍͞ͅ ̸̷̷̥̜̺̮̯̰̦̟̰̻̖̹̯͍͈̺̦̼́͠ͅ ̸̫͔͖̯̭̪̱͍̹͙̥̝̟̤̘͍̺̕͢ ́͟͏̜̥̣͍͚ ̧̧̨̬͕͙̥̬̜̼̬͙̞̣̘̳̞̲͉͓̙̫́ ͞҉̴̹̘̥̲̀͞ ̢͝͝͡҉̜͎̣̭̪̱͇̫͓̹̗͕̠̭͈̰ ̷̙̫͈͙̲̕͢͡ ̼̠͇̯̲̳̱̪̰͎̫͜ ̸̢̢̛̣̹̘̼͚̩̳̮̖͟ ͠҉̫̥̣̟͖̼̳͖̪̤̹̼̺͖̯͈͉͟͠ ҉̛͙̳̺̳͇̱̟̥̮̻̮͓̞̭̲͓̺̙ ̶͔̫͈̪̯̬̤̱͘͞ ̶̴̨̟̳͇̳̗̲̖́ ̢̤̱̟̮̪͔̹̙͙̬̭͙̠͉͙̝̳͇͘ ̭̖̤͚̣̣̭̗̀͘͢ ̧̩̩͚̙̤͍̳̰̦̻͚̮̭̲͠ ̶̸͖̭͕̮̭̪̳͖ ̴͖̞̪͔̟͟ ͢͏̴͔̱̮̻͎̟̪̮̼̝̝̘̞͉͡ ̧̧͈̱̤̝̠͙̻̬̬̤͎̰̥̻̙͝͞ ̛͟҉̨̰̹̪͈̖͇͕̮O̸̫͇̳̳͍͕̟̰̺͖̜͎̖͜͢͝N̖̪͙͖̲̝̮̙͈̜̕̕͢E͖̦̼̣͟͢͡ ̵͕̗̩̫̥̬̜͈̀̕͞͝Ǫ̟͇̭̖̩̬̥̘̼̝̠͎̲̮̣͜͜͝F̨̛͘҉̰͈̲͍̼̜̘͍̰ ͈͇̜̫̹̥͎̬͉͔̪͕̯̞̀͘Ư̘͓̦͜͟͡S̶҉̘̹͙̣̬̪̙̗͕͙͕̫͕̘͇͍̺̀́͟ͅ
̴̵̥̬̣̼̪̝̼͕͖ ̵͏̧͈͍̦͔̩̟̘̹ ̧̦͉̩͉͍̭̀͟͡͞ ̨̛͇̭̜̖̰͇̥̮̹̝͍͔͈ ̛̫̙̥̦̳̭͈̙̥͍̮͢͢ ̸͎͍̥̠͝ ̢̻̳̪̗̹́͘͡ͅ ͏͖̞̻̪̦̪̠̼͔̥̤͟͡͝͡ ̩̳͙̪̦̤̙͔͔̪͙͔̹͙̭̭̀͢͠ ̢͏͖̥̠̺̥͍͓͘ͅ ̸̬̫͕̞͔͎̞͖̤̟͙̮͎̱̝͚̺̙̼́͟͞͡ ̼̞̲̙̪̪̦̘͜͞ ͎̩̪͇̭̩̬͍̞͈͎̙̯̪̤̙́͘ͅ ̴̥̩̗͎̦̲̯͔̺̤́ͅ ̀͢҉͍̱̮̱̞̝͓̰̙̠̹͙̪̀́ͅ ͏̛̛̜̱̜̦͓̣͖͓̪̣ ̸͡͡͏̺͚̻̠̜̙͚̖̙̰̦̤͓ ̸͉̼͚̤̠̟̩͓͕͓͇̩̪͡ ̧͇̠̺̼̠̥͚̬͜͡ͅ ̢͇̦̙̻͖̖͎̮̠̹͈̰̟͚̖̺̕ͅO̢͈͈̫̖̳͙̺͇͙͎̠̕ͅŅ̻͉̼̥̤̀͜ͅĘ̤̺̤̪̙̺̰͇̪͖̪͈͎̬̲̣̖̩͟͞ͅ ҉҉̗͖̲̩̳̦̰̣̪͓͎͉͞Ơ̷̬̮͖͚̜̯̰̩̟F̢̡̡̢͕͙̜͉͎̞̲ ̵͏̧̤̞̤̲̱̻͔̭̜̯̟͍̟̠̦̼͟͠ͅÚ̸̮̦͉̦͎̣͚̜̤̘͉̹̯͚͙ͅS̮̬̳̫̝̩̣̯̼̱̣̪͎͇̭̖̕͜
Disclaimer#1: The text above is purely my creation, inspired by the steam store description and what I saw the early access build. It does not reflect the final product or story that will be later implemented by the development team.
Disclaimer#2: All media seen in this post is from the official press kit for MIND CONTROL DELETE. I only edited the artwork image from the press kit
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE is the first standalone expansion set within the SUPERHOT universe by the SUPERHOT team.At the time of writing this (19/02/2018), the SUPERHOT team believe it will still take them 9-12 months from full release. The approximate release date is set in around Autumn of 2018. Those who backed the Kickstarter for SUPERHOT received a free steam key for the expansion, which is how I received my copy of the game. Owners of the original SUPERHOT will receive the expansion for free once it is finished and released. Alternatively, you can buy SUPERHOT while MIND CONTROL DELETE is in early access, and get the expansion for free that way. Lastly, you could simply buy the expansion.
So, what is currently available in the early access version?
“This is an extremely early, bleeding-edge version of most of our new gameplay systems. The limitations for this early access build are not for the faint of heart:
- No story whatsoever – we don’t want to spoil too much too quickly so this and the next few updates will be all about gameplay features
- No advanced power-ups or new enemy types enabled yet – we want to establish and test the balance of vanilla gameplay in this build, waiting to sprinkle in gamebreaking modifiers and new foes to beat up until future updates
- No replay or point system – easy bragging about your insane skills will need to wait”
Taken directly from the Steam store page description
To be honest, I am very excited to unravel the story behind the expansion. While the dev team says there is no story yet, I did see inklings of the story during my brief playthrough of the early access build. It intrigues me.
The game is currently a gauntlet of levels, although I understand they plan on having it as a procedural rogue-lite generation, that is baked into the core gameplay loop. I am very curious how this will play out. Having the randomization and rogue-lite opens numerous possibilities and allowing players to show off their skills. Assuming they are keeping the SUPERHOT net(?) which allowed players to upload clips of their runs. Speaking of which, you are able to watch the replay, which you were able to do as well in the original SUPERHOT game.
I enjoyed the levels, I found them to be relatively short which made it easier to play it for a long period of time just having a chain-combo of levels. I did notice the first few levels had the same starting area, with the exterior being different. I assume this is where the procedural generation kicked in. The levels do become more complex, adding different gameplay as you progress.
I do have to say, I feel the animations are done much better in Mind Control Delete. The inclusion of new unarmed animations was a massive improvement, over the fists giving the ol’ one-two punch combo in the original.
Maybe it is just me but I loved the fact there were numerous weapons, leaving you the option to choose how to finish the level. Fisticuffs all the way? Put them fists up! Guns blazing? My favourite. Throwing the throwable items/weapons? Sure. Slice them up with a katana? Slice and dice.
Although the store description says there is no new enemy type, the new alpha build does include one. The design of the new enemy is interesting, as you now need to be accurate to eliminate it while keeping an eye on the others. I am curious if there will be others added in future builds.
Of course, we cannot forget the key mechanic. Time only moves when you move. Use this to your advantage: plan your next move and dodge what would be fatal attacks. Even now, I still think this is a great mechanic. I just forget to use it to my advantage at times…and look behind me. 75% of my deaths are due to not looking behind to see if there was an enemy sneaking up on me.
A new feature in MIND CONTROL DELETE, as far as I know, is the addition of a scoring system:
- time taken to finish the level
- win ration
- progress = applicable for certain levels
The second addition is the inclusion of “mind mods” which affect gameplay. In the early access build, only two are available. They have limited number of uses, so use them wisely. I honestly do not remember if the original game had a similar mechanic or not. I do not believe it did. As I stated, the mind mods affect gameplay by perhaps giving you an extra life. The original did give you abilities such as body swapping, however, so let’s say they do have similar mechanics.
I absolutely love that there is more interaction on the main screen. In the main game, you were able to play mini-games, which I am 50% sure you are still able too. However, this time you can read the news, see the prices for the newest computer parts and even read your character’s thoughts to the things s/he has read or seen. I think the interactivity and being able to read the notes written by your character, will play a major role in delivering the story.
The only issue I experienced so far playing the early access build, is whenever I try playing the game at 1920×1080 on my laptop. As soon I try that, it instantly crashes but as soon I change the resolution, it launches with no problems. Other than that, I enjoyed MIND CONTROL DELETE‘s early access build and look forward to its full release.
By the way, I would love to hear what you guys think of the new introductions before the start of each review/first impression/etc. It is a little experiment I been doing for the last several posts, I am actually enjoying it as well. Should I keep doing it or no?
Did you all enjoy the little story I crafted at the beginning? 🙂
ps: Ninja mode is evil, I am still stuck on level 7 or 8. Always so close, yet so far!!
Y̵̢̞̼͓̳̒̋̓̋͐̚͝͝o̶̡̨͚͎̞̯̰̖̠͚̪̩̐̑̊̾̑̔̍͜ú̸̧̻̻̮̼̲͕͖̭͍̠̈́̓̌͗̿̔͋̇̽̎̚r̷̢̩͉̠̯͒̎͂̾̏͐̇͗͐̕ ̵̨̧̙̦͍͕̦̼̃͌̀͌́̍̏̈͋̀́̈́̽͜͠ͅp̴̛̜͊̋͒̋́͒͌͘̕͠͠ȩ̵̞͈̞̥̼͇̰̩̹̤̀͜ř̶̛͚̲̜̮̻͑̍̈́͊͒̀̿̎̾̾͗͠f̷̦͒ỏ̴̡̧̢͈̩̙̤̱̝̗̻̾̽̒͂̊͆̇͠͝r̴̦̱̳͍̘̮̪͎̤̊͑̾́̿̔̆̂̔̀̎͗̊̔͜͝m̵̪͖̭̻̻̬̙̹̞͌̎͂̾̂̐͋̃͐̃̄͋͜͠ä̸̢͔̦̼͍̖́̈̌n̶͔͔͎̬͙͗̑̅͛̃̕͝͝c̶̡̡̛̮̤̫̟̰̩͎̤̻̰̺͑̾͜ę̴̛̗̼̬̬̠̺̰͉̙̞̠̳͌͛̄̔͆̈́̏́͛̋́͑̅̕͝ ̶̼̞̗̩͉̱̯̖̜̍͛̇̔̂́͒͘͝͠w̶̦̝͓͓̪̖̺̟̤͌̾͘į̶̛̑͗͊̈́̾̒̾͠͝l̴̢͍̟̪͚̟̥̳̙̦̽̈́͆̍̑͊̋͐̈́͌̌͘̚͝͝ḽ̷̗̥͙̀̋͘ ̶̰͉̫̹̤̰͇͕̲̳͋̈́͒̋̎́̕̚b̶̛̼̲͈̠̳̳͚̹̝͓̥̙̳̈́̅͛̎͘ͅe̵̡̥̤̟̥̰̪̹̊͒͑̕͝ ̵̢̖͓͉̰̗̹̗̊́͂̑́m̵̤̹̱̮̲͙͙̹͔̿͐͑̅͂̀ȩ̴̘̻̲̯̻́̄͆̀͂͝ą̶̬̗̟͈͕̒̑̾̎̀̒͊̍̓̓̓̄̈́͘͝s̸̯̦̤̈́̽̐̇̑͋́͜ȗ̵̢͎̱͍̘͙͍̐͌̽̾̈̋̚͠͠͝r̷͎̤̣̺̝̤̻̉͌͋̒͆̿̀̈̄͘̕ȩ̷̘͇͔̪̩̥͉̻͇̘͙̰̥̾͑͗̏̈͝ͅd̴̨̬͍̩͗̔̅̀,̷̡̧̥̗̲͉̹̼̰͓̟̬̦̲̙̇̔̄͗́̀́͗͐̀͝ͅ ̷̨̨̡͈̙͎͖̩̖̯͈̝̘̠̯̐̓y̵̨̦̭̬͔̰̱̫̮̗͓͎͐̊ơ̶̮̥̫̼̱͖̝̥̤̯͈̝͇̈̇̄̏̿͐̈̓́̇̒̚͝u̵̧̗͈̒̿̾̓̃̑̑̆͒͝͝r̸̡̨͔̪̻̺̳̦̬͇̞͈̊͑̐͌͗̒̍̓̅̽̋̕͜ ̷̛̳͓̹̱̣̰͔̦̖̫͕̻̤͌́̏͗̐̃̇̏̌̌̄͠͝ù̵̢̡̻͓̭̟̹̻̬͜͝ͅs̵̡̢̛͙͎͇̬̺̰̰̓̆̀͌͂́̿̑̀̏̐͑̾̅̊e̸̤̰̬̱͔̠̙͈̹̎͌̌͊̌̓̌͘f̶̢̡̨̛̼̙͈̥͕̥̜̳͑̃̾̽̈͂̅̐̏͊͂̉̚ͅu̸̻͔͙̪̳̱̬͚̫̞̭̯̤̒̈l̷̦̲̺̲͎̮̖̲̬͇̫̎̀̌̿͑͗̏͘̕͝ņ̴̧̰̙͎̞̠̜̭̬̖̼̍́̄̍̈̓̃̎͑̽̌͊̈́͒̀̕ȩ̸̻̭̯͈̳̳̱̬̣̘͕̻̞͎̒̅̚s̴͙̗͇̣̓̀̑̌͊̂̋͑͋̄̓̓̓̄͝ͅŝ̶̛͖̝͕͙̫̭̹̝͍̳̱̤͐̈̂̈̐̂̄͐͗͆́͋͜͠ ̵̢̲͍͓͔̩̦̺̯͕̮͚͎̊͌̓̾̐͑͘͜ͅe̸̪͙͇̬̪̤̗̙̜̯͋͋̈̅͒v̵̧̩͇̮͇̤̭͚̹͔͇͐͐̈́̉̉̂̍͆̐̈̓́̌̓́a̷̧̨̨̖͍̲̝̺̯̹̪̱̱̟͂̀̽͜l̸̹͎͍̥̪̪̪̳̹̹̥̣̬̞̓̅͑̆̇̑̊̽̐́̓̕ư̸̹̫̼̻̥͎̺̗̯͍̙̖͖̗̜̗̊͂̄̈́̌́̐̎̉̕ä̴̛̱̗̺̗̥̘͚̻͉̫́͗̒̈͌̈́t̴̛͖͐̔̈͂͆́ę̴̖̖̙̐͜d̵̢̙̺̥͚̮̗͕͚̱̭̞͎͎̖̥̄͘.̸̧̨̡̠̙̝̝̼̗͇̗̯̞̥̲̜͑͑̔̃̋̚ ̶̢͓̬̰̙̯̼̖͈̼͖̩̭̆̃̈́̓́̓̅͛͌̌̅́̍̕̕͜ͅͅP̵̧͙̻̤̭̲̩̽͗̒r̵̨̤̠͉̣̗̹͇̭̒̍̈́̓̓̒͜o̸̢̗̺̫̣̹̲͒̉̎͆̌͗̽́̇̋͛͛̈́̕͝v̸̢̨̛̱͕̦̼̝̼̿͑́̌̀̒̈́̂́͂̆̾͂͘͝ͅè̷̞̟̩̃̅̉̕ ̷̲̟̰̥͍̤̪̲̺̰͌̐̿̆̑́͛͗͘ͅÿ̷̛̹͓̗͓̬͇̞̔͋̊̋̆͗̿̓͂͘̚o̸͖̮̐̆̀̋̑̈́̅͐̆͝͠ù̴̡̢͔̼͈̲̥̼̺̆̋̄̍͛̚ŕ̶̛̦̣̫̏̊́̅͑͐͆̒̆̕s̶̱̻̏̎́͑̊͆͑̒̍͐͋͛͐͘e̴̢͎͎̜̞͓̺͉̮̹̣̿̃̂̓̊̊͜͝͝͝l̶̡̢̢͇͕͍̗͙͕͔̪͗͆́̀͑̈́̑̋̓̐͆̏͐͝f̷̯́̐̊̚.̸̨̗̗͈̺̼̬̠̘̐̋̐̄̏̈́͊̆͗̎͜͝ ̵̨̢͔̬̣̞̀̓̈́̆̈́̋̆́̋̑̇̄̅̽S̸̛͔̠̘̼̯̜̃̓̓̉͛̓̀͌̈̇̈͘͝ͅḩ̵̢̧̠̩̖̲̲̝̟̭͇̙͚̗́͂̇̈́̃̍͜͝o̵̠̤̜̥͉̗̾̆w̷̧͉̗̳̪̅̂̐͜ ̴̳͒̒̀͋́ỷ̸͈͔̭̼̻̥̝̘̺͂̆̉̈́̇̋͑̒̂̀̐o̴̥̥͚̘͍̟͙͓͉̥͔̫̙̐͒͆̍̅̎͗̃̏̚͘̚͜u̵̢̮̰͍͙̘̗̦͔̻͊r̶͔̔ ̶̨̨̰̞̩͉̝̺̻̖̯͎̹͈͘͜ͅd̷̢̬̹͍͕̝̖̫̳̩̗͕͚̓̍͗̈̍͆̊̽̋͌́̓͝ḙ̸̤̈́͋̽͊̀͐͋̐̈́d̶̼̽̃̀ì̸̠̰̞͔̼͕̝͈͍̺́͐͋͋͐͛̏c̸̯̏͑͛̚͝a̴͍͙̹͔̭̣̞͋̓̂t̵̛̛̬̼̝̞̼͚͂̓̄͌͆̇̂͑͛̚ͅį̶̮͉̥̦̹̠͖̠̝̹̘̊̌̋̑̔̒̉͋͗ő̷̠̖̞͉̲̞͎̲̲̮͈̓̽͂̀̈͊͑̌̏̀̀͝͝͝ͅn̷̢͔̜͇̞͈͇̮̙̤̦̳̔̃͗̇̏͘͝.̵̨͎̩̻͙͈͈̙́̔̓͂̉͘͠”̶̨̝̖̭̈́̐̍̀ͅ