Two Tribes is back with a shrunken down team with their first major release since the downsizing of the primary development team. The name of the game is RIVE, a platforming shoot-em-up which recently released on Wii U, Xbox One, PC, OS X, Linux and the version this review was based upon the PS4. With the same engine as Toki Tori 2+ we get to experience a delightful platformer as we take control of Roughshot the spider tank
The first thing you should take notice of is the difficulty settings that RIVE offers you right from the start. The only choice is HARD which should give you an idea as to what this game thrives on, death. And you will die over and over again and again but you will most likely dust yourself off and try again. This is one of those games that is easy to pick up and play but incredible hard to master, but once you progress the feeling you are left with makes it all worth it.
You are given a machine gun attachment right from the start but early on you start unlocking upgrades and abilities to help you power through the story. You get the ability to hack turrets and nurse drones which will also be of aid to you along the way. But it is still a skill based game that will challenge you from the start all the way to the end.
Luckily, the end all be all for games like this is usually based upon two things, loading times and checkpoints. If the developer is cheap with any of those two options a game can quickly go from enjoyable to frustrating. Luckily, RIVE has both of these locked in perfectly. You will never sit and wait for endless load times whenever you die and you will get back into the action not too far away from where you last died which was what made this game even more enjoyable even with the difficulty spike which the game comes equipped with from the start.
Now add all of this and sprinkle delightful graphics and a tense soundtrack and you have a great time-waster on your hands. RIVE is a great game to pick up and play when you have some time to kill. As mentioned earlier though beware of the difficulty of the game but if that doesn't scare you off then RIVE should be a game that might interest you. I enjoyed it because it is so rewarding whenever you manage to progress through an area that you have been stuck on for some time. Think Mega Man in 2016, with a tiny tank...