Xotic Premium Edition
Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
This pack also includes 3 pieces of additional DLC for the game:
Xotic DLC: Pipe Works Expansion Pack
The Pipe Works DLC adds three new levels to Xotic (2 bonus levels and one combat level). Each level comes with 4 game modes and new achievements to earn. Explore the towers of metal and ancient aqueducts beneath the planet’s surface and eliminate the presence of the orb in this exciting update for one of the most unique indie games of the year.
Xotic DLC: Temple Crypt Expansion Pack
The Temple Crypt DLC adds three new levels to Xotic (2 combat levels and one bonus level). Each level comes with 4 game modes and new achievements to earn. Explore the mystical crypts and forgotten passageways beneath the planet’s surface as you eliminate the presence of the orb in this exciting update for one of the most unique indie games of the year.
Xotic DLC: Warp Field Expansion Pack
The Warp Field DLC adds three new time-attack levels to Xotic. Each level comes with 4 game modes and new achievements to earn. Unlock the secrets of the warp field as you explore the mysterious energy conduit that teleports you between locations on the planet’s surface!
Xotic is an arcade-style first-person shooter where you rack up huge scores by shooting enemies, detonating chain reactions, and discovering secret power-ups and point multipliers. Armed with a weaponized symbiotic creature called the Macroterra, you must cleanse the evil presence and re-plant the seeds of life on a planet ravaged by the minions of the Orb.
Destroy the insidious scab plants and new life will grow in their place, diminishing the Orb’s control of the planet. Trigger scab plant chain reactions to earn score multipliers and chain bonus points. Collect Orb essence to boost your score, or grab them in mid-air to earn an aerial combo bonus. Seek out and destroy the hidden Orb brains and collect all of the Orb essence in each level for even more points.
Earn experience points to upgrade your weapons and skills, including “Absorbtion” which pulls points towards you automatically! Unlock the secrets of “Hard Hologram” technology to deploy mobile shields or aerial landing platforms.
Xotic is a unique arcade shooter experience unlike anything you’ve played before. Get it now!
Arcade-style scoring and point combo mechanics
Unique “Hard Hologram” technology
Exceptionally colorful environments and effects
Upgradeable weapons and skills
Steam Leaderboards & Achievements
Unique design, weak combatskymt | Aug. 24, 2014 | See all skymt's reviews »
Xotic is a score-attack FPS with an "alien" visual style and a thin story. Its levels are small arenas packed with small chain-reaction "scabs" to shoot, big "brains" to find and explode, "orb essence" pickups to collect, and enemies trying to keep you from doing all that. A lot of the fun and challenge of Xotic, then, is in balancing those three score objectives, combos, and the clock with the need for survival.
The score-oriented mechanics in Xotic can be great fun for a player in the right mindset. It's satisfying to scour all the nooks and crannies for things to collect or blow up, then play again and try to optimize your route through the level to get a better time and higher combos. There are even time-attack bonus levels that remove enemies entirely to focus on racking up points.
Combat is Xotic's weakest point. It just feels stiff and unsatisfying, like the animations and effects needed more work. Enemies don't react strongly to being shot, and the player's weapon is weakly animated. For example, the shotgun has a firing rate that's similar to the Doom 2 super shotgun, but the lack of that gun's cool reload animation can make it difficult to tell when you can fire again. Xotic has a nice selection of weapons, but many of them feel redundant when applied to the simple combat on offer.
Movement in Xotic has a lot of momentum, like a much more floaty version of Quake 1. The "hologram" feature makes moving around the levels fast and fun. On the ground it acts as deployable cover, but in the air it appears as a platform below the player's feet. With a little timing practice, it's easy to use as an infinite air-jump, quickly flying across the level.
Xotic claims four game modes, but they change very little. The "campaign" mode opens the level exit when all the enemies are defeated and is scored based on all three score objectives. The other three modes, one for each score objective, rank you simply on time to completion. This is much less interesting than the balanced play required for the main mode.
This version of Xotic comes with all three DLC level packs. They're smaller than the four worlds of the base game, with only three levels each. Pipe Works is disappointingly linear and confined, Temple Crypt has the more balanced design style of the base game, and Warp Field has spacious, vertical levels with high-scoring paths.
While I enjoyed my time with Xotic, the issues with combat make it difficult to fully recommend. It's still worth a try if the idea of a score-focused FPS appeals to you.