Shadow of Loot Box Xbox One Review
A FUNNY TAKE ON THE GAMING INDUSTRY:
Developed by Stately Snail and published by Ratalaika Games, comes the outrageously daft and funny action adventure shooter: Shadow of Loot Box. Following the trend in the industry recently, this game really doesn’t hold back at parodying the ludicrous amount of microtransactions found in games today.
Loot Box is so ridiculous, it’s beyond words: you literally start off only being able to move around. You can’t jump, run or interact with objects yet as you haven’t unlocked them (I already heard the facepalm): you first need to unlock them by using points.
This type of humor is a repeated theme throughout the game and honestly, it’s brilliant. Some of the quests you have to do are just…pants. For example, in one of the levels you have to get out of this castle and your mission objectives are something like “Jump 25 Times” and “Stay still” for X amount of time.
The humour is just amazing, while at times it can be cringy and sometimes it even makes you question everything: it’s unparalleled on its take on the gaming industry.
I was quite surprised when Fallout 4’s Preston Garvey makes a cameo, rather hilariously stating that “Yet another settlement needs your help”. I started getting flashbacks and promptly lured a loot box spider toward him, which very quickly devoured him.
Loot Box starts to make you question what’s parody and what isn’t. I was going to write how awfully plain the graphics were until around the 6/7th mission where the NPCs are just textured blocks. I couldn’t tell where the jokes stopped and the bad level design began.
When the jokes start to wear thin however, the game really shows itself. Loot Box isn’t a game you should really take seriously, like…at all, but at the very least you want a game that’ll keep you engaged.
Most of the quests in this game feel really repetitive. You’re either walking around completing fetch quests, finding keys or hunting for gems. Unfortunately the simplistic humor in the quests, as much as a parody they are, can feel quite bland and frankly boring.
Some of the quests you’ll get are to kill so many of the mobs present in the level. Now from what I faced, it seems they’re just bullet sponges that run way too quickly for you to keep up with. The Spider Loot Box creatures you first encounter are coloured based on their difficulty (or how many bullets they can take before you rage quit). The red have the highest difficulty and they can be a pain to kill.
Loot Box offers a range of weapons you find in the crates you receive, but you start off with a flimsy pistol. When you run out of ammo for the more superior weapons, such as the shotgun, rocket launcher and assault rifle, this pistol will always be there: lurking in the background.
It takes a HORRENDOUS amount of bullets to shoot one of these mobs down with a pistol and the gunplay really doesn’t help. The controls are awfully stiff, even after some sensitivity adjustments. I found it much easier to just move one analogue stick, fixing my crosshairs in one place and moving my body to shoot, rather than trying to aim.
It got to the point where I was avoiding the enemies as it was such a hassle to shoot them. Not to mention how dastardly quick they come at you. You have to run backwards, shooting them and hoping you don’t back yourself into a corner.
It may sound like I’m nitpicking, but when there are so many little inconsistencies like this, it kind of ruins it for me.
One really good feature though, for any of those achievement hoarders out there, is the insane amount of gamerscore the achievements give. Nearly every achievement in this game is worth 80G. To put that in perspective, I earned 3 achievements simply in the first level, or the first 5 minutes of the game: my eyes lit up.
Overall, Shadow of Loot Box is a fun little game to play. It’s really funny at times and it’s a hilarious take on the industry as a whole, and shows just how messed up it could become. Gameplay wise, however Loot Box suffers. With repetitive levels and missions and god awful gunplay, it’s unfortunate as they end up staining the game. With all the bugs and problems, this really doesn’t matter as Shadow of Loot Box isn’t made to be taken seriously, not even in the slightest. It’s a nifty game to have a good chuckle over, but be warned: when the humor dries up, unfortunately there’s not much left in this Loot box.
We’d like to thank Ratalaika Games for providing us with the game code.
Price – £7.99