The lights are on
If you happened to play through Q-Games’ PSN title PixelJunk Shooter, news of a sequel shouldn't come entirely unexpected. After being swallowed whole by a subterranean beast, it also won’t be much of a surprise that the shooter’s sequel takes place in a much more organic setting. In PixelJunk Shooter 2: The Belly of the Beast, you once again must find and rescue stranded workers through terraforming your environment – this time the innards of the aforementioned beast. Along the way you take out enemies and collect stars, which can be redeemed to forgive a worker death if you happen to be careless. The first level we checked out was called “Inner Space.” One of the standard new hazards is stomach acid, which will slowly corrode your ship if you don’t find water to wash it off. Acid also dissolves your ship’s shots. One of the fodder foes you will be shooting at are giant amoebas, which divide into four smaller baddies when shot. Water also interacts with acid in an interesting way. When combined, a slew of gas bubbles are released, and when hit they send your ship spinning out of control. This can be particularly deadly if hazards are in the area, but anchor points that allow for grapple swinging help give a degree of control back to the player. Lava also returns, and the casual joke is it's the cause for the monster’s heartburn. As before, lava combined with water solidifies into a destructible rock surface. Play isn’t limited to the inside of the monster. A second level we demoed was called “Lights Out” and features a map divided between light and dark areas. When cruising through a dark area the outline of the cave becomes visible, but so do the lurking eyes of monsters that will attack and decimate you before too long if you don’t escape back out to the light. Two player co-op is confirmed, as is 2 player online combat arenas – a new feature to the PixelJunk series. Pixel Junk Shooter 2: The Belly of the Beast hits PSN this fall.