“You were going to a class reunion. It should have been a fantastic party… but you suddenly realise that there are monsters everywhere, and they are after you!” That’s how upcoming indie beat-em-up, Final Exam, is described by Francois Potentier, CEO of Mighty Rocket Studio, the dev team behind the game, on the PlayStation Blog. But, as they say, ‘one protagonist’s highly unfortunate life-threatening situation is another gamer’s treasure’ because Final Exam will be bringing its 2.5D (read: 2D levels with 3D characters) side-scrolling antics to PSN and XBLA next month.
The premise of Final Exam is of a high school reunion gone very, very wrong (or totally right if you’re not a fan of social get together) that pits four characters with corresponding personality/attack moves against hordes of monsters. These potential protagonists and their “classic teen archetypes” include: Brutal Joe the jock and his power moves, Nathan the nerd with his tech skills, Sean the handsome guy with his aptitude for guns and Cassy the dancer who attacks, of course, with dance moves. Mighty Rocket are a 9 person team who formed just to put Final Exam (their very first game) together and from what we can tell from the trailer, their dedication seems to be paying off. You can watch the video after the jump.
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In the post on the PS Blog, Potentier also says that “Final Exam is a beat ‘em up in which your goal is simple: survive!” meaning that despite the fact that a shiny, new team of game devs is at the helm of this thing, they’re keeping to the characteristics of what made this very genre great. Too, the game relies on a points and levelling system, meaning that not only will it throwback to the Tony Hawk days of old where you popped tricks for fun and point combos (albeit, in Final Exam you’ll be popping monster heads and kneecaps) it also has typical RPG elements. You can use those points to upgrade your character and make it even easier for you to hoover up even morepoints and become the biggest monster slayer on the game’s global leaderboard.
Final Exam’s levels also cater to both the casual player or the hardcore RPG grinder, with it containing eight missions each at around 30-45 minutes long (according to Potentier) with replayability also being on offer. So far, so good, but if it will it pass the test or flunk out is yet to be seen (if this were a pun exam, I think we would have just got an A on that one). Release details are below.
The Final Exam release date is November 8th on PSN and XBLA.
Via PS Blog.