It’s time to brush up on your geology because everyone’s favorite part Tower Defense, part Racing, part Art History lesson, and all smashing game from ACE Team is back. That’s right, Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder will be digitally available worldwide for PlayStation 4 on August 28! Let’s talk a bit about what’s new in the sequel to 2011’s Rock of Ages.
This time around Atlas (no relation to Atlus), the Greek Titan tasked with the eternally dreary job of holding up the sky, has literally dropped the ball and must run through different periods of Art History to escape the consequences.
The only problem is that some very notable figures and works of art are trying their best to stop him. With art periods ranging from Early Renaissance to Surrealism, take a look at some of the foes that would love nothing more than to keep Atlas from rolling away. Recognize any of them?
Of course, in order to get past each stage, Atlas must rock and roll his way to victory in classic Rock of Ages action. Not familiar with how disputes between mythological figures are resolved? Don’t worry! The basic idea of it is quite simple: repeatedly roll a boulder to your adversary’s castle on the other end of the map, bash open the gates, and then flatten them into a pancake. Ok, maybe it’s not that simple because your enemy is trying to whittle down your boulder with various defensive obstacles. Oh, and they’re trying to smash through your castle gate to crush you into oblivion as well, so it would be wise to set up some obstacles too. And yes, it’s just as fun and frantic as it sounds, especially with the updated visuals and graphics courtesy of Unreal Engine 4.
So what’s new in ROA2? Besides new stages and characters, there’s now a bigger selection of customizable units. From the humble but essential Catapult to the deadly range of the Battleship, there are plenty of new and improved units to help protect your castle. There’s also a gneiss selection of boulders that would make any petrologist blush. Want to blow things out of proportion? The Gunpowder Boulder is what you need. Looking for something that hits like a tank? The cubed Block of Ages is the way to go! Trying to sabotage your enemy’s tiles with something grimy? Say no more because the Tar Boulder will accomplish that. Each boulder has unique stats and uses, so pick and utilize them wisely as you smash your way through the ages. Oh, and gold can now be accrued through special resource nodes on each stage, so be sure to exploit and protect those!
Smashing things with friends has never been more glorious because ACE Team have also enhanced the multiplayer features of the game! You can now play with up to four players online or locally in 2v2 War matches or free-for-all Obstacle Course races that will test just how solid the bonds of friendship are. Battle it out with customizable banners and colors for your army and see who cracks under pressure. Additional quality-of-life changes like a Quick Match function and a map voting system after matches have also been included.
Get ready to have the most fun you’ll ever have rolling rocks down a hill when Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder… rolls to PS4 on August 28!