Final Exam picks a fight on PS3 next month

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hi Francois, there`s any plans for a PS Vita version? Please, please, please.

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 16:23
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Unfortunately, not right now, maybe in a few months. I also love the PS Vita.

AmorousBadger1 24 October, 2013 @ 16:24
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You can officially colour me ‘intrigued’. Is there going to be a demo or trial version of this available?

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 16:40
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Yes there will be a demo. You will be able to give it a try!

Loved the look of this as soon as I saw the press release. Going to try to do the review for it as it looks very fun. Hope it does well enough for a Vita version?

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 16:42
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It is fun in solo and even more in multiplayer! The best for me is the coop 2 player mode on the same screen. I like to yell at my teammate because he just broke an A combo. More fun!

this totally looks like my kind of game.

ill buy this day one, if you can work with chris and the plus team to offer us a day one deal then even better.

congrats game looks wicked

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 17:08
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Thank you. I don’t know exactly what’s planned for the game release regarding plus deals… Anyway, go ahead and try the demo. Monsters bashing is always fun!

top marks for your reply rate, keep it up and you will beat derrick the deadfins record lol

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 17:17
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I like to answer to all comments. You know, for us game developers, it is really important to listen to you players. We love to make games, but the more important for us is that you will love our games.

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wow looks insane! I’m sold! released it already!!!

oh and yes PS VITA would be a nice bonus :P

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 23:07
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Some more patience needed… It will be released in 1.5 weeks, the 6th of November to be precise.

This game looks like it could be a lot of fun. Does demo release before games official release? Trophy hunter in me wants to ask if this is going to have a platinum trophy. ;D
Offtopic: has anyone else who is using playstation app on iphone got problems with it? (ex. can’t send comments to blog posts, sometimes crashing and videos not showing)

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 23:09
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Yes there will be a demo available at the same time than the game, ie on the 6th of November. You will be able to try it and make up your mind. Final Exam is a lot of fun in solo mode, and it is even funnier in multiplayer. 4 player game are sometimes really crazy. We still have fun at Mighty Rocket, and we’ve been testing the game for a long time now. Regarding the trophies, no platinum but 5 silver and 11 bronze.

Looks great. Love the art style and the combat. Can’t wait to check it out.
Just like others, I’d love to see this coming to Vita.

Francois Potentier 24 October, 2013 @ 23:11
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Yes, I know about the PS Vita version. Nothing is planned right now about a Vita version… The combats are really dynamic. You have to give it a try!

This sounds like fun I will definitely keep tabs on it.

I find the name of the game and release date ironic because that’s when I write my final exams as well :P

Btw Francois I like your surname, how do you pronounce it?

Francois Potentier 25 October, 2013 @ 17:00
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Thank you :) That’s funny about your final exams date! You can pronounce my surname… like you read it. Difficult to answer to this one indeed! This is the most difficult question I have had for this post ;)

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Totally buying this! I have been an Obscure fan for years.

I really hope that you also consider PSN ports of Obscure 1 and 2! :)

Francois Potentier 28 October, 2013 @ 10:41
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You will find many references to Obscure and Obscure 2 (known as Obscure: The Aftermath in the US) in Final Exam. Will you be able to find them all? We have written a post on our devblog that talks about that – http://mightyrocketstudio.tumblr.com/. You have to know that Final Exam is though really different: it is a beat’m all, not a survival horror game, and it is a sidescroller gameplay. That is why we decided to call him Final Exam eventually. The game is really cool and we are all proud of it, but please remember that it is not a sequel/prequel/reboot of the previous games.

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Sorry for the double post, but I have finished my review on the game. Absolutely AMAZING job Mighty Rocket.

http://retrogamerboy.blogspot.com/2013/10/final-exam-review.html

Francois Potentier 28 October, 2013 @ 10:42
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Waow, it seems that you loved the game. You are on of the happy few who managed to get an early access key. Thank you for your review. It is great when you have spent almost 2 years of your life working on a game to realize that people love it! Thank you very much :)

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Well, this sounds a game right up my alley. 10€ on my PSN wallet are already set aside for this game. Time to play the waiting game ;)

Just a side remark, if you decide to port/adapt it to the Vita, i’m not saying to make it cross-buy (although everyone loves cross buy and it may be an incentive for those on the fence), but having a discount for those who already bought the PS3 version might boost sales a bit.

Francois Potentier 28 October, 2013 @ 10:44
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Your comment has been takent into account. This is a great idea. Be sure that if there is a PS Vita version, it will be either cross buy or there will be a discount. I will definitely talk about that with our publisher.

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