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God Mode Storms PSN April 23

Nick Madonna's Avatar + Posted by Nick Madonna on Apr 19, 2013 // Producer, Old School Games

God Mode for PS3

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Old School Games is a new game studio launched by Saber Interactive whose focus is to deliver low-cost, high-quality downloadable titles. Using Saber’s technology and development platform, we strive to create digital games that look like retail products. With our first release, God Mode, we wanted to create a lighthearted throwback experience, which focuses on arcade-style action over story. We came up with a classic premise – fighting to get out of Hell – then wrapped it in a third-person shooter with 3D graphics on par with full-price titles. Finally, we added a slew weapons: plasma launchers, rail guns and what we affectionately call the “buzzsaw,” in order to wipe out waves and waves of demonic hordes.

We decided that God Mode should be less about deep narrative and more about action. This approach gave us the ability to really go crazy and build a unique world full of plenty of characters to shoot, blow up, impale and maim. After making this decision early on in the design process, the designers really let their ideas flow. When you tell a game designer to “go nuts without thinking about story,” something unique and original begins to take shape.

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Although we cut narrative, we still wanted to deliver the premise in a compelling way, so we added the Spirit Guide. The Spirit Guide character was created to mentor and guide players through the game. He morphed over time from a boring reverb-laden announcer into the disgruntled, metrosexual British jerk that you can hear in-game and in the trailers. This added an extra layer of humor to the game and we had fun expanding his role from generic to sarcastic bordering on sadistic as development has continued.

Even after all of this, we realized the game might not be challenging enough, so we threw in “Tests of Faith.” These are mini-challenges that get randomly selected at the start of each stage. They alter gameplay and range from aesthetic changes (sounds have a drastically increased pitch or all monsters are wearing party hats) to beneficial (infinite ammo, random moments of invulnerability) to diabolical (players are limited to a certain area or they lose health, guns switch at random every two seconds). They drastically change the strategy for each stage and can turn a frustrating level into a cakewalk and vice versa. With all the weapon customization, player costume variety and other factors, God Mode is filled with unique scenarios.

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As a studio moving forward we’re striving to create games that look and feel like full-priced titles but do it at a price point that makes purchase decisions easy. Bottom line: there are a ton of elements in God Mode that ultimately define the game – humor, replayability, and quick action. We wanted to give players something they could get into and play for short bursts, but over a long period of time. I believe that the content and quality of God Mode at $9.99 will stand out when God Hand lands on PSN in North America on April 23rd.

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49 Comments

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+ gerneric123 on April 19th, 2013 at 7:03 am said:

You should mention that this game is for PS3. Just mentioning PSN might get some people antsy about Vita. ;)


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+ Brac3y on April 19th, 2013 at 7:04 am said:

So it’s Painkiller.


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+ KosmoCrisis on April 19th, 2013 at 7:04 am said:

Surprise!


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+ johnnyp70 on April 19th, 2013 at 7:05 am said:

This must be the game they could not confirm on the BlogCast this week, unless I missed it.


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+ UncannySilk on April 19th, 2013 at 7:05 am said:

“Then wrapped it in a third-person shooter with 3D graphics on par with full-price titles.”

Honestly? This shouldn’t be a selling point. Game quality is measure in core gameplay design, accessibility, and replayability factor. Not fancy graphics.

Still, the first trailer really got me interested in the title. My only question: are there any female avatars that are customizable? I know it may seem minor, but I’d prefer full customization for both genders and whatnot.

Very, very excited for the game!!!


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+ darkside31337 on April 19th, 2013 at 7:06 am said:

I believe that the content and quality of God Mode at $9.99 will stand out when God Hand lands on PSN in North America on April 23rd.

might wanna fix that


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+ UncannySilk on April 19th, 2013 at 7:07 am said:

“I believe that the content and quality of God Mode at $9.99 will stand out when God Hand lands on PSN in North America on April 23rd.”

>God Mode.
>God Hand.

WAIT GENE’S IN THIS GAME?! OH MAN BUSTING BALLS TO THE MILKY WAY!


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+ SMOKINACESFB on April 19th, 2013 at 7:12 am said:

looks good is it 4 player on line co op? and rated m for mature ill buy it


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+ MrCreeep on April 19th, 2013 at 7:21 am said:

whats the price for PSN subscribers?


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+ Dangisuckatgamin on April 19th, 2013 at 7:21 am said:

Will this have Online Coop?


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+ NashTheSlash on April 19th, 2013 at 7:22 am said:

“when God Hand lands on PSN in North America on April 23rd.”

God Hand is already on PSN. Is “God Mode” related to “God Hand” or is this just a typo?


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+ ERC1980 on April 19th, 2013 at 7:34 am said:

So 4 questions for you Mr Madonna:

1. will there be a demo?

2. game length. how long will it take to beat the main campaign?

3. trophy support/platinum?

4. discount for ps plus members?


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+ GoldenShaka on April 19th, 2013 at 7:35 am said:

@8 and @10, yes and yes, if you access the God Mode link included in this article you’ll see that it’s online 4 players coop.
Now I’d like that includes couch coop too, but i think it doesn’t :(


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+ UncannySilk on April 19th, 2013 at 7:37 am said:

@13 2-player local co-op, from what I remember.


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+ AhmadSA on April 19th, 2013 at 7:38 am said:

WHOA WHOA WHOA. It’s coming out this week!? How come I never heard of it!?
Please tell me this is also coming to the EU store. It looks fantastic.


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+ vanwinkle on April 19th, 2013 at 7:41 am said:

These posts need to specify platforms. I see it happen all the time, not just on this post. The ONLY thing it says is PSN, which could be PS3 OR Vita. Of course, it’s likely not on Vita, but the blog post doesn’t mention it at all.


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+ xClayMeow on April 19th, 2013 at 8:09 am said:

I agree with others that simply stating “PSN” is not descriptive enough. Every blog post about a game should have a section that clearly lays out the platform(s), price, and release date…just list TBA if certain data isn’t available yet.


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+ whiskey_14 on April 19th, 2013 at 8:23 am said:

just saw the youtube vid and 4 player co-op looks like it could be fun!

~ is there stat tracking?
~ cool weapons? (looks like you can add some humorous ones!)
~ how many levels?
~ what purpose does the leveling up serve?


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+ slocod on April 19th, 2013 at 8:34 am said:

@Nick Madonna

What about Europe ? Are we also getting it next week ?

And will there be a demo ?

thanks


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+ Scaramanga1983 on April 19th, 2013 at 8:44 am said:

Sounded good until the cakewalk part. The short bursts would be very appropriate for the PS Vita.


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+ Knightedrik on April 19th, 2013 at 10:04 am said:

SOLD!


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+ PainOfSarrow on April 19th, 2013 at 10:05 am said:

3RD PERSON VIEW ? thank godddddddddddddd. im so sick of first person gun blazing games i can just facepalm. this looks and sounds great. only 10$ you say ? if so then this will be mines on day 1.


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+ PainOfSarrow on April 19th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

also, God Hand already landed on Psn. look in the ps2 classics haha. that was a Pun but yeaa this looks very nice for the price. hope it gets nice feedback and reviews.


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+ NickMulder on April 19th, 2013 at 10:20 am said:

God Hand is already on the PS Store lol I’m pretty sure you meant God MODE lol :p


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+ GeoDarky on April 19th, 2013 at 10:25 am said:

looks like a good game looking forward to try it out


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+ DrApollo on April 19th, 2013 at 10:26 am said:

Looks great! I’ll give it a shot!


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+ klassymike on April 19th, 2013 at 11:19 am said:

This is for the PS3. If you scroll your mouse over any of the pics, a ticker tape size banner says “Godmode for PS3″. It says nothing about the Vita.


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+ tusunami on April 19th, 2013 at 12:22 pm said:

Say what thought this game was a exclusive for the other guys cool, this price point is DYN*O*MITE!!!!!!!!!!


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+ MrCreeep on April 19th, 2013 at 1:06 pm said:

would be GREAT for some local coop, if i can’t play with my better half then i might not get this


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+ klassymike on April 19th, 2013 at 1:30 pm said:

Click on the blue link. I believe it does have local co-op mode.


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+ Ryumoau on April 19th, 2013 at 2:30 pm said:

At $9.99 i might as well get it. It can’t possibly be anymore disappointing than Dragon Fantasy book 1 was for me.

Btw, is there any chance it might also get an additional PS Plus discount?


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+ Mando44646 on April 19th, 2013 at 2:58 pm said:

Looks good for my Vita….


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+ supvic on April 19th, 2013 at 4:54 pm said:

On the website it says “supports up to 4 players via online or local system link” does this mean it has 2 player split screen on each console, or is it 4 players per console via system link? I haven’t heard of a system link game on PS3.

And is it Stereoscopic 3D?


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+ Darth-Krayt on April 19th, 2013 at 5:24 pm said:

I like this. Classic DDOM style, just blazing your way through the demon Hellspawn, story be damned? Yeah, that’s awesome. Perfect name for your studio. This also has that vibe of some TC project I’d see a couple random dude would be working on and showing off in the Unreal 3 mod community foums.

For those reasons……along with the absolute perfect price for a downloadable title, consider one copy sold with me.

I’m looking forward to your next “Old School” project.


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+ Darth-Krayt on April 19th, 2013 at 5:26 pm said:

God, i hate touch keyboards. Sorry about the grammar/spelling issues.


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+ Dangisuckatgamin on April 19th, 2013 at 8:08 pm said:

It has Online COOP for those who were wondering. It mentions it on this page on their website (so those who said “just click the link above, it’s got local coop”.. well you didn’t click the link either obviously lol)

http://atlus.com/godmode/media.html


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+ Dangisuckatgamin on April 19th, 2013 at 8:09 pm said:

Whoops wrong link, here you go:
http://atlus.com/godmode/introduction.html


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+ ElektroDragon on April 19th, 2013 at 11:20 pm said:

I had the misfortune of trying this game on the “other” console. It is not only terrible, but extremely glitchy/buggy.


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+ Radprofile on April 20th, 2013 at 11:44 am said:

It’s funny how some people are asking for a PS+ discount and the game will be just $9.99 lol


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+ dyiing4life on April 20th, 2013 at 11:58 pm said:

I have heard from PC players that this game is dreadful lol. My pick it up just to turn up my blood pressure a bit.


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+ XxGODxMODExX on April 21st, 2013 at 1:48 am said:

I tried the 360 demo and it was short but made me want the real thing. Very excited to get it, especially since it’s cheap. Plus my PSN ID will finally be related to a game! Only took 6 years. Just hope it gets some dlc in the future.


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+ gohan91132 on April 21st, 2013 at 1:44 pm said:

sweet game need to get this


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+ saab01 on April 21st, 2013 at 6:36 pm said:

I will try the demo and see what happens if I like it I will buy if not no worries.


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+ RulitoCR on April 21st, 2013 at 9:34 pm said:

Looks nice!


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+ BigBacon87 on April 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am said:

I’ll definitely check out game reviews for this one. Purchase pending :)


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+ rjejr on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:59 pm said:

Sounds like a 3rd person perspective Serious Sam game where Sam’s attitude has become disembodied into it’s own character.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


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+ gueelfo99 on April 23rd, 2013 at 5:31 am said:

I’m going to buy this one; love the genre, the title, the gameplay video, story and price. Can’t wait. Just a few hours to be released


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+ VolunteerJoker on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:39 pm said:

What time is this coming out im still waiting for it?


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+ EXQUISITEEMPRESS on May 17th, 2013 at 1:54 pm said:

Gotta love presentation!!


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