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RISKERS

By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on October 24, 2017

A top-down, open world video game, inspired by the classic GTA games? Driving around like a maniac, shooting the bad guys and fighting for the good cause? Damn, guys! Where do I sign up?

Let's start by saying that I've played all the GTA titles. And sure, I like some of them better than others but, in general, I think they're all great. It is actually the genre in the videogame world that I love most of all. So when I saw a trailer of a top-down open-world shooter, I was immediately transported back to the time that playing the first two Grand Theft Autos took up most of my day and I immediately knew that I wanted... let me rephrase that... NEEDED to play this game! So, please put on your seatbelts, because you're in for a rough ride. Let's put the pedal to the metal and play Riskers!


The protagonist of Riskers is a guy called Rick Paradis and his day starts unbelievably awesome; He finds a briefcase filled with lots and lots of money. This brings me to a question: Would you bring the money to the police or would you keep it for yourself? Well, in this case, the choice is made for you, because Rick decides to keep it. But alas, instead of enabling him to live a carefree life of leisure, the huge pile of cash makes him the number one target for the organized crime in the area. Oh well, that's what you get for being greedy, I guess! Dodging trigger-happy thugs is one thing, but when your brother gets involved and is killed as a consequence... Well, let's just say that shit just got personal. Naturally, Rick wants to set things right... by exacting bloody revenge!

Riskers manages to combine many of the elements of GTA 2 and Hotline Miami, but has also its own unique elements. The story is often told by very cool comic style cut scenes. I personally like them very much and it adds a signature style to the game. And the graphics that games have nowadays, definitely gives Riskers an advantage over the aforementioned, somewhat older, games. The cool art style makes the game attractive to fans of the top-down open world genre of any age.As you might expect, driving around at high speeds is a huge portion of the game. Controlling your vehicle may be a bit tricky at first, but you will quickly get used to it, trust me on this! When you make a turn, one would expect that the front of the car turns first. Well, in Riskers, nothing could be farther from the truth. It's the back-end of the car that breaks out, like you were in a drifting contest. When you get the hang of it, it's actually not that difficult and it is a driving mechanic I've never seen being used in a game. Note that it is good to keep that steering cars works this way, especially when you're busy completing a mission with the goal not to damage the car you're in. Sometimes, the owner of the car will even sit next to you and he or she doesn't like the brand new car getting wrecked by a daredevil on the loose.


As you might expect, driving around at high speeds is a huge portion of the game. Controlling your vehicle may be a bit tricky at first, but you will quickly get used to it, trust me on this! When you make a turn, one would expect that the front of the car turns first. Well, in Riskers, nothing could be farther from the truth. It's the back-end of the car that breaks out, like you were in a drifting contest. When you get the hang of it, it's actually not that difficult and it is a driving mechanic I've never seen being used in a game. Note that it is good to keep that steering cars works this way, especially when you're busy completing a mission with the goal not to damage the car you're in. Sometimes, the owner of the car will even sit next to you and he or she doesn't like the brand new car getting wrecked by a daredevil on the loose.

At one point, I was driving around some big shot in a limousine and we needed to enter a nightclub, where things go awry pretty quickly. Now, the pounding music in there, really makes you want to jump right into the action and go all Gung-ho on your opponents, but let me clear about this: that's NOT a good idea. It's better to have a plan, select the right weapon for the job and be sure to take cover. Or, when you are in an outside situation, use the day and night cycle of the game to your advantage and come back when it's dark, so sneaking around is quite a bit easier. Just don't go all Scarface when things get tricky. I mean, it's nice that you have a "little friend", but sometimes it's better not to be waving him around in public!


I love open world games, because you can do whatever it is you want to do and Riskers is no exception. Whether you like to strictly follow the main story or complete a number of side missions first; it's all up to you. You have eight different weapons to help you during your missions but, as is usually the case with weapons, you'll need ammo. And we all know things can become difficult when you're out of ammo, right? If you're lucky you'll be carrying a knife when your bullets run out. Well, in Riskers, the developers came up with a more creative way to fight! When you run out of ammo in this game, you just pick up the nearest chair and throw it towards your opponent! Well, I'm not going to say this is easier, but it's definitely a lot of fun. And hey; some people just need a high-five... in the face... with a chair!

I really had a lot of fun playing Riskers. It offers you the best of the good old GTA games and added some cool features of their own to give it a unique style. Shota Bobokhidze, lead developer at Shot X Studio, wanted to create a game for everyone to enjoy, whether you enjoy racing or shooting bad guys. I can only say that I personally think he totally succeeded in doing what he set out to do! And now, get out of my car... I got me some bad guys to take care of!


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RISKERS
Shot X Studio & Meridian4
October 17, 2017