Occasionally here at Player2.net.au we will play something that deserves your attention but probably doesn’t need a full review written for it. Be it DLC for the latest AAA title, a little indie game or even an Android/iOS title. We play these titles for a blockbusting amount of time (2 – 5 hours) and report back to you the reader on what we found. So grab your popcorn and settle in for the latest episode of Blockbuster Gaming.
Screencheat – Blockbuster Gaming
PC, PS4, Xbox One
Screencheat has been on the scene for quite some time, it has been playable at a wide number of public events such as PAX for years, and it has been available for PC since October of 2014, but at long last the game finally made the transition to consoles. The wait has been long but has proven to be worth it, with laughs echoing out of my household for the fortnight since I gained access to console review code.
An abstract premises for those who were born in an era where online multiplayer is all they knew, Screencheat is a game targeting an older generation, those who can appreciate and perfected the art of the screen-hack. Back in the glory days of split-screen FPS’ such as Goldeneye, Perfect Dark or even Halo, the more devious friends in your group would take a few quick glances on your opponents portion of the screen was all you needed to know exactly where they were and take them out. Screencheat takes this concept and exploits it for all it’s worth, but matches won’t be easy going, your opponents are invisible, and you’ll only know their location if you run into them, or (as the name may suggest) screen cheat to know their precise location.
You can play with buddies on the couch or in the online space, but regardless of your choice, you’re in for a seamless experience. Outside of the standard death-match where the first to five wins (which is where I spent most of my time) there are a number of other fun modes to explore. Gold Rush requires you to collect as much money as possible and then survive until the end to ensure you’re the one with the most at the end. One Shot is as it sounds where you’ve got one shot to take every 15 seconds, and if you waste it you’re defenceless until the timer restarts. There are also a number of other interesting modes to explore, some work, others quickly become tedious, but that’s all part of the charm.
Screencheat is a game best enjoyed with friends. It’s not one you can take particularly seriously, but you’ll get the most from it when on the couch exchanging banter, while crashing into your friend with a candelabra. You’ll get countless laughs from the many deaths; I was floored with tears of laughter when I found myself having been “Kanye-Wested”, but I’ve also been “Obama’d”, “Unfollowed” and a number of other amusing variations of the word killed. Work through the game and you’ll unlock Aussie mode, where things get a little more colourful and even more amusing for our particular audience.
There’s not a lot of content in Screencheat, you’ll probably find yourself having explored most of what there is to see and enjoy after your first hour, but it’s the perfect party game. Pick it up with a few mates and you’ll find yourselves there hours later cackling like lunatics at some of the ludicrous events that play out. Screencheat is hardly a deep experience, but it’s one that has legs and will keep you entertained for a long, long time.
Born and bred on the Super Nintendo era, Paul relishes any opportunity to sink his teeth into an RPG, action or platformer. Despite being an owner of all major platforms, Paul does have a particular love of the Playstation family of consoles – take only a few minutes to skim through his Twitter and you’ll see him ranting about the next big thing on PS4. We swear he’s sane.