Giant robots are a friend to all mankind. It's indisputable. Giant robots have helped us with all manner of historic projects, from the construction of the Pyramids to the Allies' victory in World War II to the election of the first African-American President. It only stands to reason, then, that we glorify our titanic metal buddies in games; Xenos, a new sci-fi arcade action game from Oddity Games, is a great example of mech respect.
According to the long and safely-skippable intro, Xenos is a new form of energy discovered in the 22nd century. It's being used for evil, however, and as our giant robot hero Asterus it's your job to make things right by destroying all the Xenos generators in each area. Do that using the [WASD] or [arrow] keys, and run into enemies to attack. As you turn enemies into scrap your weapons gain energy or recover health. This makes them larger and more powerful, and the devastation you can deal with a max-level weapon is a true sight to behold. You can swap your equipped weapon with the number keys, and the [spacebar] unleashes a special attack when your weapon is charged. Each one has a different special attack, from the double saber's boomerang attack to the axe's mighty shockwave, so it's in your best interest to learn the ins and outs of them all.
Xenos is pretty simple to pick up but the process of mastering the game is a blast. Your moveset is fairly limited so you need to learn how best to use what you're given. Properly using your various special attacks, and deciding when not to use them in favor of wielding a more powerful weapon, is key. On top of your efforts to smash Xenos generators and bosses, you can also explore the levels to find pieces of new gear for Asterus, giving the stages a bit of much-needed replay value.
All the action is rendered in beautiful 2D animation reminiscient of the Treasure classic Bangai-O and accompanied by a techno soundtrack. The controls are very responsive and you won't experience any deaths due to input problems; this is a great boon for a game that doesn't feature mouse controls! It's an all-around polished and exciting experience that lasts just long enough to avoid outstaying its welcome. Our giant robot pals would expect nothing less.