Will Radical Heights compete with Fortnite?
For an extended period, Cliff Bleszinski aka Cliffy B was the king of game devs, producing classics such as the Gears of War series.
However, after leaving Epic, it is relatively safe to say that his career has taken a downward trajectory with some serious flops. First off, he had a role in the somewhat bland shooter SuperHot, that wasn’t for me. Then followed a fun, but very flawed, Champion Shooter Lawbreakers which was almost dead on arrival.
After the popularity of Battle Royle games, it appears like Cliffy B and co. are jumping on the BR bandwagon… only two years late. Radical Heights is an 80s themed third-person shooter BR, which seems to take inspiration from Running Man or Smash TV.
The concept of Battle Royale games is reasonably straightforward to follow, but Radical Heights has added its own niche; players need to collect money to buy weapons. In fact, the money that you receive can be deposited to various ATMs around the rather beautiful looking map. If you manage to take home the victory, you will get double your match winnings which are sent to some off-shore bank account and available for the next match.
“Only in Radical Heights does in-game cash you find carry over into future matches,” Boss Key Productions said. “Play matches, collect cash, kill contestants, interact with game show elements and more to buy cosmetics from your personal prize room, or put some of that sweet cash in your bank to help buy a weapon next match quicker than your opponents. The choice is yours.”
With the game only five months in development, it is safe to say that it is nowhere near finished. In fact, the game has entered Steam Early Access at the time of writing (April 10th), so it could be a good opportunity to get good at a potential new hot BR.
Early Access at work! We're listening to your feedback & we don't want anything that resembles pay-to-win in the game. To prove it, we're removing the +10% Cash Boost from the Founder's Pack before it launches. Instead, Founders will get more RAD GEMS to buy tubular cosmetics. pic.twitter.com/vTkScKx5Gv
— Radical Heights (@Radical_Heights) April 9, 2018
However, there is one stumbling block that has seemingly caught the eye of the internet police; it could be Pay2Win. While the game is free, you can buy a founders pack for $14.99 which did give players bonus rad gems plus a 10% Cash Boost. Thankfully though, due to the HUGE backlash, Cliffy B and co. have now removed the bonus cash, leaving just cosmetic and the bonus rad gems.
While this is all well and good, there is a very good chance that, like Lawbreakers, it may very well be dead on arrival. Which could be a shame thanks to the rather excellent setting, good visuals and seemingly straightforward gunplay.
Though it is a free to play, to save you a download and playing something that may be terrible, we’ll be doing a full review tomorrow after spending some time in Radical Heights tonight.