BUCK (First Look)
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on July 5, 2016
Howdy stranger! Do you see that sad-looking vulture over there? Well, that vulture has a son, who happens to be a dog. And if that isnít enough, this son of his went to search for a missing girl called Jodie. And while normal dogs go for walks, this dog isnít one of those stuck up little pooches that run around all day; He will not walk, no sir. He rides a bike, which comes complete with cool sunglasses and a dangerous looking shotgun. And oh yes, he talks... Heís a dog on the edge! And no, Iím definitely not on drugs, this is the actual story of Buck, an upcoming 2D story-driven, Metroid brawler game, developed by Wave Interactive and published by Rainfall Entertainment.
Buck is momentarily in its Pre-Alpha stage on steam, so this preview is actually more of a first look at this game. Wave Interactive is an independent developer team that consists of just three people. They put Buck up in the Pre-Alpha to receive feedback, which they use to constantly improve their game. Because we, here at Dumeegamer.com, are always trying to lend a helping hand and because the gameís trailer looked very promising, we really wanted to give Buck a try.
I personally love the cartoonish art style of Buck. It doesnít matter how serious the story gets, a cartoonish visuals always manage to add some sense of humor to the game, and this is something I can appreciate in a game. Our protagonist, a rebel dog called Buck, is troubled because a girl has gone missing and he desperately wants to find out what happened to her and, if itís at all possible, find out where she was taken to. The vulture I mentioned earlier happens to be his stepdad (good thing we cleared that up, huh) and he taught Buck everything there is to know about fighting, shooting and fixing all kinds of equipment; basically everything one needs to survive in the harsh and dangerous wasteland. Buck has a kind of contemporary wild west theme to it, which fits the gameís story and characters perfectly.
The game is under constant development. Just last week, the developers added controller support, so youíll be able to choose whether you want to play this game with a controller or keyboard. The keyboard controls will take some of the older (or more experienced, if you like) gamers amongst us back to the early pc games era. It is not the now standard W, S, A, D approach the developers chose, but rather the somewhat older Ďarrow key to move, other keys to do stuffí approach. So it may take some of us a little getting used to, but Iím pretty sure youíll eventually manage to get the hang of it. I mean, if I (a console gamer at heart) can do it, you certainly can. And of course, with the new patch you can always pick up the controller if that makes you feel more comfortable.
The story of Buck takes us to several areas in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. You can travel back and forth between the areas by using your bike as a means of fast travel. At certain points on your travels, youíll encounter a number of characters thatíll need your help and who will in turn help you on your own personal quest to find Jodie. But, in the meantime, youíll encounter a far greater number of characters that seem to be exceptionally keen on bashing your head in and leaving you to die in the dirt. Thereís also some decision making involved in the gameplay and these decisions will have an impact on how certain characters will react to Buck. Iím really curious to know in what way these decisions influence the game as a whole.
Buck is a really cool 2D MetroidVania style Brawler with a number of point'n click game elements. Its cast of unusual characters is situated in a beautifully animated world that looks absolutely fantastic. I think it will be a great, amusing game with an intense story, a cast of cool characters and a healthy dose of good old platform combat. Considering the sheer amount of work it takes to make a videogame, especially one with a story as good and as graphics as awesome as those of Buck, I think Wave Interactive did a brilliant job! Personally, I think that the only downside to Buck is its projected release date: Q2 2017. I mean, come on you guys, you canít make me wait that long, Iíll be a nervous wreck by then! But really, all jokes aside, Buck has everything it needs to be a really great game, so take the time to download and play the demo and back these guys up on KickStarter! Why?! Because this is a game, as well as a developer, to keep your eyes peeled for!