POST VOID from Super Rare Games and YCJY Games is a trippy fast-paced first-person shooter on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our POST VOID review!
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POST VOID from Super Rare Games and YCJY Games is a trippy fast-paced first-person shooter on Nintendo Switch. Indie YCJY Games previously gave us underwater 2D journey The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human, as well as action strategy RPG Sea Salt, which makes this one a very different experience. If the screens and trailer for this POST VOID review haven’t clued you in, this is going to be a Rated M for Mature game, which means it’s not going to be for everyone, but it’s certainly one for you to dive into.
POST VOID is a fast-paced and surreal experience that favors running as fast as possible as you defeat enemies as quickly as possible to stay alive. You’ll notice a head-shaped vial on your left hand which holds some liquid. Said liquid represents your health. The liquid from said head-shaped vial will drain at a steady pace. The only way to recover some of your health and stay alive long enough to reach the next area is to rush toward enemies, guns blazing. Reach the oasis at the end of a level, and you’ll be safe… for a bit.
With this one being a first-person shooter with an old-school look and feel to it – think, say, the original Doom – then you probably have a good idea about how you’ll be playing. You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you look around with the right one. You can jump with the B button and slide with the ZL button. You can shoot at enemies with the ZR button and can reload your gun with the Y button… and that’s about it!
POST VOID keeps things simple and to the point so that you can focus on the action as you dash toward the finish line and destroy anything foolish enough to stand in your way. Traveling from point A to point B as you shoot at everything as you travel down corridors that feature some very trippy and bizarre visuals is an experience that you’re either going to love or hate. And no, you can’t memorize a level’s layout and learn from your mistakes because each stage is procedurally generated as you go.
There are 11 levels in total to complete, which might not seem like much… until you start to play the game and realize that even if levels are short, the hectic nature of the game will keep you always on high alert as you come back for more and more, inching your way closer and closer to the last oasis in the game. Oh, did I forget to mention that being shot will also make your vial lose some extra liquid, thus cutting your run extra short? Yeah, you not only need to defeat everyone as fast as possible, but you also need to avoid their attacks!
After beating a level, you’ll be given a chance to choose from one of three upgrades for that run. You could select to reload your gun at a faster pace, make your bullets bounce off walls, hoping that they end up hitting an enemy to buy you some extra time, add more liquid to your head-shaped idol vial, make your character run faster while running backward, reduce the slowdown when you touch enemies, or even changing your weapon to a knife so that you can slash at enemies from close range. Perhaps you’ll find other weapons to change how you take on subsequent levels… who knows!
You’re either going to love or hate POST VOID. It’s a Rated M for Mature first-person shooter where you’re going to need to get good or get out. Dying is part of the process since you’ll have to learn from your mistakes so that you can get into the zone. There’s also the whole online leaderboards side of things that can keep you busy as you try to make your way into the top 10 either in the global one or the one with only your friends. POST VOID is out on Nintendo Switch at a $5.99 price.
This POST VOID review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Super Rare Games.