Earlier this year, I reviewed the PC version of 20XX and if you haven’t read it already here’s the TL;DR: I loved it. I got super excited when Batterystaple Games and Fire Hose Games announced that they’ll be bringing this over to the Switch. Now it’s here and I still love it! But has anything changed? Short answer: no. Long answer: not yet.
Gameplay-wise, nothing much has changed. It’s still a rogue-like homage to Mega Man X; it still gets tougher and tougher after each boss and it still has good ol’ permadeath. Oh yeah, and I’m still dying after the 4th boss. But now that console players can join in the fun, we should all look forward to getting new content across the board soon. As to what that could possibly mean, I have no clue. We’ll all just have to wait and see what Batterystaple and Fire Hose have in store for us.
I played it on the Switch and first off the bat: it's a bit weird to play in handheld mode. It might just be something you'd get use to, but it gave me the best reason to try and play co-op instead. So I snapped the joy-cons off and gave one to Dale...and we still can’t get past the 4th boss. But we both loved playing it together. If one of you are in a tight spot and can’t make the jumps but the other has already succeeded? Just teleport over and be on your merry way. Highly recommend playing it on local co-op if you have a Switch, though (or a second console controller), it’s definitely a lot easier to tackle the Twin Astrals with a friend. And it removes the frustration of having to try and communicate with someone online with no voice chat.
In case you’re unaware, there’s a third addition to the team: Hawk.
If you’ve got the PC version, you can get her as a DLC (she was released in Feb, BTW) though I was told that console players get her free. That didn’t seem to be the case for me, but since I got her on my PC version anyway and she’s definitely an interesting character.
Her primary weapon is a whip, which can suck NRG from enemies, negating the need to scout for NRG. She’s also got a sort of blaster, which is what the NRG is for (mostly) and she has a few specialty powers up her sleeve. I will definitely say this: she takes a lot of getting used to. I can barely get through two bosses using her, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying!
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20XX is available on Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One (July 10th). We got a review code for the Nintendo Switch thanks to the game developers.