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Go Mecha Ball: Rolling into Roguelike Greatness

In the vast ocean of Game Pass releases, one game stands out like a shining metal hamster ball in a sea of excellence. Go Mecha Ball, the fast-paced t...

Hope Bellingham Jan 27, 2024
Go Mecha Ball: Rolling into Roguelike Greatness

In the vast ocean of Game Pass releases, one game stands out like a shining metal hamster ball in a sea of excellence. Go Mecha Ball, the fast-paced twin-stick roguelike, has captured my attention and I can confidently say that if you're a fan of the genre, this is one you don't want to miss. Picture Hades and Enter the Gungeon on a delightful collision course, and you'll have a glimpse of the whimsical world that awaits.

The premise of Go Mecha Ball is elegantly simple: You play as an anthropomorphic alien who takes on the task of saving their ruined planet from a menacing portal. Equipped with mecha suits that double as giant metal hamster balls, you bounce through levels, transforming to utilize your weapons and eliminate enemies. It's like Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, but cute and furry. Trust me, it's one of the best offerings on Xbox Game Pass.

As is customary in the roguelike realm, Go Mecha Ball offers a range of unlockable weapons, skills to employ, and upgrades to discover. However, where this game truly shines is in the sheer joy of playing it. The sheer satisfaction of blasting enemies in mecha form, only to swiftly transform into a ball and evade their counterattacks while zipping around the map, is pure bliss. It's like witnessing Super Monkey Ball's AiAi armed with a Glock—utterly delightful.

Go Mecha Ball harks back to the golden days of unearthing hidden gems on the Xbox Live Arcade. Remember those janky, small, and peculiar games that you would stumble upon while sifting through the depths of Steam? This game captures that essence, although in a more refined manner. It may not be flawless, but Go Mecha Ball is undeniably great.

Sure, it may lack the vast arsenal of weapons and abilities found in Enter the Gungeon (thank you for setting the bar so high), but with four mecha suits to choose from and a plethora of variety in the moment-to-moment gameplay, it will keep you coming back for more. While it may seem smaller in scope compared to the giants of the genre, not every roguelike needs to be an endless labyrinth of possibilities. Sometimes, brevity is the spice of gaming.

Go Mecha Ball achieves greatness by perfectly capturing what every roguelike needs: a sensational game feel. The act of seamlessly transitioning between wrecking ball and mecha form is nothing short of exhilarating, complemented by sublime movement mechanics. Boosting through the air, colliding with enemies to thwart their attacks, and then briefly morphing into mecha form to unleash a barrage of bullets and grenades before gracefully escaping danger—it's a kinetic energy that I've never quite experienced in a roguelike before.

If you've ever felt the adrenaline rush of blazing through Mirror's Edge, chaining together fluid moves with precision, you'll find that same electrifying sensation in Go Mecha Ball. Whale Peak Games, the brilliant minds behind this game, have grasped the very essence of why we all love roguelikes. So, my fellow gamers, it would be a disservice to yourself if you don't give it a whirl.

Go Mecha Ball is available now on Steam and Game Pass, ready to whisk you away on an unforgettable rolling adventure.

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Now, my fellow adventurers, it's time to embrace the metallic hamster ball within and embark on a roguelike journey like no other. Roll forth, conquer challenges, and let the whimsical world of Go Mecha Ball captivate your gaming soul.