Machine Gun Train Run Review

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Machine Gun Train Run Review

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The next game up for review is Machine Gun Train Run. MGTR is a side scrolling 2d shooter that looks and feels like the Metal Slug series you may remember from days of old, or even in your local arcade bar. It will cost you $5 if you purchase directly from Steam, but I find that it is reasonably priced for a game of this caliber. The simple controls are better if played with a controller, however the keyboard is just as responsive if that’s what you prefer to use. You utilize a basic shot from the get go, but there are different ammo types that give you special shots that are exclusive to each character. Each playable character has three special ammo types each, ranging from your standard spread shot, to a flamethrower, to shots that rebound off of obstacles. You can play by yourself or with a friend, however I suggest utilizing two controllers instead of fighting over room on the same keyboard. There are three game modes to choose from, including a story mode where you choose one of two international commandos from the Power Assault Leader Squad to get back the goods that the criminal conglomeration that calls themselves A.S.S.H.A.T. stole. There are four levels to the story where you will battle several standard enemies and a couple minibosses before taking on the main boss of the level. The difficulty ramps up over the levels that you can choose, granting you access to the locked fourth level if you ran the previous levels clean enough to grant you the required amount of stars to do so.

Of course there are other game modes to try out including a Survival mode where you fight endless waves of enemies and try to get a high enough score to show off to your friends and a Speedrun mode that I feel is the one game mode that really brings out the challenge of the game. In my opinion, the only real downsides to Machine Gun Train Run are the soundtracks and the lack of an invulnerability period after being hit. If you somehow manage to find a way to get hit by multiple projectiles or enemies at the same time, you will lose multiple hearts in a matter of milliseconds. While I’m sure that it will be patched in at a future date, it causes a small quality life issue for an otherwise sound game.

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The controls are nice and simple, using minimal commands to move, shoot and jump which is nice and eliminates a lot of the fat-fingering that can happen when getting into the higher levels of the Speedrun and Survival modes. My only gripe about the controls are the lack of any option to crouch to dodge projectiles and that there are only 8 set directions to shoot. The crouching really isn’t that big of an issue since jumping and moving will get you out of a majority of the tough situations, however the directional shooting can feel weird when using a controller, but less so when using the keyboard. 7.9/10 Mechanics

As expected from a sidescrolling arcade shooter, there really is no story to be had other than to progress through the levels, collecting special ammo, kill the bad guys, and then hope that your score was high enough to progress through the next level or get yourself bragging rights to your friends. 5.3/10 Story

The gameplay can actually be really addictive if you are also a person who likes to push themselves on smaller games to see what they can do. The option to bring a friend along also adds to the different levels and game types that are available. At $5 I think it is a steal, but you may want to wait for the upcoming Summer Sale if you feel hesitant about purchasing the game. 8.2 Gameplay

Machine Gun Train Run
  • 5.3/10
    Story - 5.3/10
  • 8.2/10
    Gameplay - 8.2/10
  • 7.9/10
    Mechanics - 7.9/10
7.1/10
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