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We Went Hands-On with RECORE at E3

To say that the legendary Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has had a rough year would be putting it lightly. With Mighty No. 9 being delayed multiple times, and then the launch of the game going as poorly as one could imagine, Inafune might really be banking on ReCore to be his saving grace in 2016. Let me tell you why by giving a rundown of everything we learned about Armature Studio and Comcept’s highly anticipated Xbox One title at this year’s E3.

ReCore Joule and Mack Interacting

A gal & her robot friends

Meet Joule Adams, one of the few remaining humans in existence. She’s traveled from Earth to the desert world known only as “Far Eden” to try and find a new home. Her long trek unfortunately didn’t go according to plan, so after waking up from cryo-sleep centuries into the future she must find a way to save the human race. Luckily, she recruits a couple of robot friends to complete her quest.

Throughout this desert-filled action-adventure title, Joule will encounter several “Corebots” that will not only act as companions, but also as tools that help her with the platforming and combat situations thrown her way. This bond with the band of robot pals could be what ultimately makes this game so special.

The planet itself is also rad. It’s mostly desert, but it’s overrun by robots (some who are nicer than others). This stark contrast of desert and technology is a great concept, and the mysterious Far Eden is almost a character of its own. We didn’t get to see much of them, but the underground sections were incredibly intricate with alien tech spread out everywhere.

In terms of gameplay, this is very much an action-adventure title with an emphasis on platforming and puzzle solving. The section we played required us to use one of our robot pals, Seth (who is the spider-like robot shown off in the E3 trailer), to get to previously unreachable locations, which was a breeze with his ability to climb on walls. Then we had to double jump, and forward dash our way through some high platforms. It wasn’t spectacular, but you can imagine how intricate puzzles and platforming will become once you have all your robots unlocked, and the platforming requires you to use them all.

ReCore Joule and Mack Ready for Action

Juggling combat

This is where I’m most skeptical. You do have a gun in the game, but don’t expect to have to become skilled at using it. When aiming, the crosshairs will auto-lock onto the enemies, making it almost impossible to miss. In order to not make it incredibly boring, baddies will be color-coded, which means you’ll have to match the ammo color (by clicking one of the d-pad directions) to do massive amounts of damage. So your job is to juggle between all of your attacks and companions to suit the situation. Things can quickly get messy when you don’t clear out the enemy robots fast enough.

This was honestly my least favorite aspect of the game. I was just holding down the aim button and going hard at the not-so-tough machines. Again, the concept seems solid enough, and could work, but what we played was more of a slog. It’s obviously unfair to write it off right now, let’s just hope it gets better.

ReCore Horizontal Key Art

Slow your roll.

No, ReCore isn’t a Mega Man/Metroid Prime hybrid. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game.

Despite some reservations towards the final product, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about ReCore. The focus on switching between robotic friends to solve puzzles and conquering environmental obstacles could be refreshing. We just unfortunately didn’t get to play through sections that highlighted these moments well.

What do you think about ReCore? Is this a title you’ve been looking forward to getting your hands on? Do you think the combat will be a problem for you? Let us know in the comments below! You can nab a copy of ReCore September 13 on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Images: Microsoft

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