Hey, I’m Francois. I run Mighty Rocket Studio and I’m pleased to talk about our new PS3 title due next month, called Final Exam. There are nine people in the studio and this is our first game. We created the studio for this game, so we hope that you will love it!
Final Exam is a beat ’em up in which your goal is simple: survive! You were going to a class reunion. It should have been a fantastic party… but you suddenly realise that there are monsters everywhere, and they are after you!
You can choose from four characters that are all classic teen archetypes. Brutal Joe is the quarterback of the group. He likes everything related to raw power. Cassy is a street dancer and her special attacks are dance moves. Nathan is a geek. He loves technological stuff (he’s my favourite). Finally, Sean is the handsome guy… but the bad boy. He likes playing with firearms.
Each character has unique, powerful attacks based on their skills. Each skill has four power levels, up to the ultimate attack that blasts everything on the screen.
At the beginning of each mission, you can make your favorite character evolve by enhancing his or her physical characteristics, adding new combat moves, or choosing unique powers… All of which are important for scoring, but let’s talk about that a bit later.
There are eight missions (30 to 45 minutes each) in the game that take place in three huge environments, so you won’t get stuck in one long, boring corridor. To reach your objective, you can follow any path you want. It is especially important in multiplayer games where you can decide to stick together: choose the safer route, but that takes longer, or split up to finish the mission faster, which means more points, but is also more dangerous.
You can play in solo mode, in co-op mode with two players on the same screen (it’s more fun to be on the same couch to yell at your mate because he just broke your S combo!), and also in multiplayer mode with up to four players online.
The game is fun in solo play, but it is even more fun in multiplayer mode. We still have fun with it, here at Mighty Rocket Studio. It’s good to hear people laugh when playing to a game they know by heart, after more than a year of development, because it means that the game is fun.
The score is important in Final Exam. Of course, at the beginning, you will have fun without caring about the score. But you will soon realise that a good player that pays attention to his or her combos can get scores at least ten times higher than other players.
To design our combo system, we took inspiration from skateboard games in which the more you vary your tricks, the more your score grows. We do the same in Final Exam. That’s why it is really important to get new combat moves to vary your attacks. The mini-leaderboards that are always displayed in the main screen will remind you that you still have friends to beat.
The game will be released on 6th November on PS3, priced €9.99/£7.99. If you want to know more about the game, have a look at the overview trailer here and be sure to visit the game’s website. You can also learn more about what’s going on behind the scenes on our devblog. You will even find a paper craft pattern to have your own Brutal Joe with you on your desk all day long!
We also like to listen to people who play to our games, so please, tell us what you think.