Reverse shooter Retro/Grade coming to PSN

Monday, 20th July 2009 22:30 GMT By Nathan Grayson


In Soviet Russia, Retro/Grade plays like a normal shooter. Everywhere else, though, it moves in reverse. Sounds confusing, right? Well, a recent post on The PlayStation Blog explained the self-proclaimed “reverse shooter” in more detail.

The story goes like this: You’re Rick Rocket, and you just saved the universe. Congrats! The champagne, parades, and small armada of princesses you probably liberated will have to wait, though, because a temporal anomaly has caused time to move in reverse.

Thus, it’s up to you to undo all of your actions — exactly as you did them before — in order to shift time back into drive.

As a result, the game plays more like Guitar Hero than a shooter (the game even has built-in guitar peripheral functionality!) and sees you ducking into different lanes so that you won’t block enemy’s shots before they ever fire them. You also, of course, must hop into the correct lane and intercept your own shots by timing button presses correctly, lest you cause a time paradox. Still confused? So are w–

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  1. Michael O'Connor

    That’s… actually pretty cool.

    I’m impressed.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Len

    I really don’t like that for some reason.

    Just can’t get my head round it.

    Most odd…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. dirigiblebill

    The idea sounds quite fun, but if all it amounts to in practice is avoiding some projectiles and intercepting others then I’ll give it a miss.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    If you can’t get your head around it, think of it as a rhythm game rather than a shooter… because that’s what it is.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Gotta give ANYONE props who tries to put a unique spin on a well established genre. Sounds interesting.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    If you can’t get your head around it, give the PC demo a go. It was an IGF finalist this year and looks pretty cool. And really hard.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Heh – I’d forgotten you could control it with a guitar controller. :-D

    #7 5 years ago
  8. frostquake

    They are SUPER TUNING it for the USA and Regions for will be a MILLION times harder on the Consoles then PC…Why I don’t know…for some reason if it is on Console it Must MELT your BRAINS!! Pass!

    #8 5 years ago

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