Resogun was a love letter from Sony Computer Entertainment. Its Defender-inspired roots, beautiful visuals, and gripping gameplay could leave you entranced for hours at a time and you would still come back wanting another taste. More than half a year later, Housemarque has released the first batch of DLC for Resogun, with even more coming at later dates. If you thought you had escaped the mighty claws of Resogun's addiction, the new Heroes DLC will happily put you in your place and illustrate just how wrong you were.
The first of Heroes' two modes is Survival. As the name suggests, your objective is to merely stay alive on the new stage, Avernus, for as long as possible while racking up points. However, things in Resogun are never that easy. Instead of defeating waves of enemies and moving to other stages, you shift through day and night cycles, with each subsequent day becoming more and more difficult. Everything the game throws at you the first day is essentially canon fodder, but that soon changes. The enemies become more plentiful and in true Resogun fashion, the screen is filled to the brim with enemy projectiles and ships in no time, making your survival a truly desperate affair.
All is not lost though, as the game offers several ways to boost your chances of seeing the next day. While saving humans in Arcade mode was optional, your existence in Survival hinges on your ability to rescue them. Every couple of humans you save awards some type of boon to help with your endless plight. Whether it be a power boost, an extra bomb, or even shields to save you once from a killing blow, deftly balancing your own longevity with that of the helpless humans is key to accruing a new high score.
As time advances in Survival, things somehow manage to get even more hectic. On top of managing your own resources (bombs, Overdrive, and Boost) and saving humans, your foes will also destroy the bridges that connect the stage together. Absent bridges provide another means for the humans to die, and with so many enemies on-screen at once, every moment feels like it could be your last. This desperation is truly invigorating and many times I found myself engaging in maneuvers that would make Han Solo blush. These inhuman abilities you develop make you feel like a master of the game and even when you do die, your adrenaline-fueled appetite for more will surely compel you to play "just one more game" until you've completely lost track of time. Resogun makes the allure of getting a new high score just too tantalizing to ignore. The seamless integration of being able to see the high scores of others and then immediately jump back into the action only further inspires you to best your friends.
The other mode that Heroes provides is Demolition. Demolition is an interesting addition in that your arsenal of weapons has been stripped from you and in their stead is a single ability: The proximity bomb. The proximity bomb is a short-range explosion that obliterates everything around it, albeit with a short recharge time. The key in this mode is to use the proximity bombs to power the Wrecking Ball, which uses the momentum from your proximity bomb to wreak havoc on anything that gets in its way, even you. As you destroy more enemies, the Wrecking Ball gains more power and destructive velocity, making it as dangerous for you as it is for the plethora of enemy forces.
What's more, at any given time, power ups may appear on the stage that can be obtained by a proximity bomb or by contact with a speeding Wrecking Ball. These power ups can range from instant recharges, supercharges, and even additional Wrecking Balls, because things weren't insane enough already. There's also obstacles that serve as bumpers and will bounce Wrecking Balls in other directions, which can make Demolition feel like a high-stakes game of pinball. Much like Survival, you must manage your resources wisely. Opting for more Wrecking Balls will certainly net you a higher score, but the threat of killing yourself or being overwhelmed by constantly spawning enemies definitely serves as a sort of deterrent. Admittedly, while Demolition is a joy to play, I still prefer the chaos that is Survival.
Accompanying a free update that allows local co-op and a ship editor, Heroes is the perfect cherry to top off the cake that is new Resogun content. With a flimsy price tag of $5, Heroes offers hours upon hours of enjoyment to help sate your appetite for more Resogun. The only negative thing I think I can say about the DLC is that if Resogun didn't do anything for you before, the DLC likely won't change your mind. But for everyone else who enjoyed the core game, I think it's impossible to play Heroes and not get sucked right into the magical addiction that is Resogun.