What game should I play today? What is this game? VALA? It’s got a big robot on the artwork… I like robots… What does VALA stand for? Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse… wait… do I just jump in my massive robot and splatter hordes or feral Llamas that are hell bent on ending humanity forever?… you’re damn right.
What more could you want right? The apocalypse has come but only it’s different from what you could possibly imagine. There isn’t any zombies or tribes of men and woman riding across the plains on vehicles that are made into death machines. Only Llamas… hordes and hordes of Llamas and you stand up to help cull the herd. With Llama puns coming out of every orifice and a remote controlled death robot at your disposal you venture out into the streets of an abandoned city with one goal. Kill all the Llamas.
VALA is a twin-stick top down fast paced action game where you Slaughter hordes of Llamas with the various weapons and equipment you gain from destroying your enemies. To gain access to the next area of the map you need to defeat a certain amount of waves that are hurtling towards you at various speeds. The game really opens up after you get to the end of the first sector when new weapons are unlocked and new Llamas come hurtling towards you, like the big fat exploding ones.
I love how many weapon choices there are in this game some more effective than other but all of them have a good use. The water hose seems like it would be useless but it pushes Llamas back away from you so you can get a good shot on the ones that are getting to close. My favourite combo that I always tried to get when I could was the Llama Laser on my left arm and the Freeze Ray on the right. The constant stream of red and blue laser freezing the Llamas and exploding them at the same time was very effective. I got a bit annoyed with the game on a few occasions though as the pickup weapon button is the same as the reload button. As I tried to reload my favourite combo of lasers I find I’ve picked up a Taser and replaced my freeze ray… not the best experience.
I found the drop rate for weapons a bit annoying as well for me it seemed the only weapons that were dropping were water hoses and pistols not the ones I wanted to use such as “death from above, Llama seeker missiles, Shotgun, Machine gun or freeze ray.” As you navigate the streets you will be picking up buffs that help you along your way such as “Dash Discount” which reduces to cost of your dash special ability or “Electric Fence” which damages those horrible Llamas if they get to close to you there are heaps available while you play. Your special abilities refill as you collect canisters that some of the Llamas drop when their corpses hit the floor. You have three “dash, shield and jump slam” I found myself only really using the Jump slam as it did the most damage to the Llamas that surround you.
Something this game has that quite a lot don’t is the ability to play with graphic settings. You can enable V-Sync and enable Shadows you can even up the graphic quality, push up bloom effect, enable screen shaking and you can turn on or off the blood and gore. You don’t really get these options in a lot of console games and personally I think it’s a great addition.
It’s a great game for when you have a spare hour or two and just want to cause some destruction. The controls are easy and the graphics are great and the load times are fast. Another awesome feature is the ability to do coop on the same Xbox which reminds me of the happy days sitting side by side with your best friend while you laugh and argue about what’s going on in front of you while chugging fizzy drinks and getting fat on pizza. It doesn’t however offer online multiplayer so you cannot join a friend’s game on Xbox live which is a shame especially with the way things are now when most coops are done online unfortunately. The game has a lot of achievements for those achievement hunters out there. I’ve tried clearing an area using no weapons… I can’t… but I’m going to keep trying.
The audio in game is well done and seems to be recorded well. The voice acting is on point and the music is good. The music soundtracks are extremely similar however and feels quite repetitive for my tastes. The devs know VALA is filled with puns and as such have implemented something I really haven’t seen in a game before the option to turn down the amount of puns that are said in game! The three levels are “No corn, half corn or full corn” represented by you guessed it a cob of corn.