Welcome to Shit City (literally that’s the name of the city)
After a busy day of Summer Game Festing, I’m pretty much spent, but leave it to Devolver Digital (and Suda) to supercharge my brain for a bit with another chaotic showcase. On one extreme, we saw the adorable 2D-meets-3D storybook adventure The Plucky Squire — and on the other, there was Anger Foot, a face-kicking action game for sickos.
The first gameplay glimpse from developer Free Lives (Broforce, GORN, Terra Nil) looks unhinged. I’m talking “Academy Award winner Russell Crowe in Unhinged” unhinged.
It’s one of the most no-bullshit, take-it-or-leave-it showings I’ve seen in a while, and I also appreciate the synopsis, which reinforces this game’s unrelenting mood.
“Unleash the world’s deadliest feet on a colorful cast of anthropomorphic enemies,” as Devolver Digital and Free Lives put it. “Clearing out slums, sewers, and skyscrapers as you grab new weapons, unlock new sneakers, and upgrade your powers in absurd and wonderful ways. Kick and shoot your way to the exit as you leave behind a smoldering trail of shattered doors, broken bones, and crumpled energy drinks.”
I can already tell Anger Foot will be the kind of game where there’s an ideal “wow, that went smooth!” way to play, and getting the flow down just right will surely take practice. In the meantime, I’m sure it’ll be funny to fumble your way through these setups, too. If you’ve ever wondered how Hotline Miami would (or could) translate its frantic room-clearing carnage to 3D, well, this is probably the closest we’re getting for now.
General mood aside, you don’t need to take the reveal trailer’s word for it — there’s a demo right now on Steam. Anger Foot is planning a 2023 release.