Radical Heights (Game Review) | The Friday Geek

Still into battle royale game? Well, add Radical Heights to your ever growing list.

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Made by Cliff Bleszinski or simply known as CliffyB. A former design director of Epic Games that brought us Gears of War series (until Microsoft acquired it), Bulletstorm and of course, Fortnite. Now, he is the co-founder of Boss Key Productions, the developer behind the game, Lawbreakers.

BATTLE ROYALE IN 80’S LOOK

Radical Heights is a free early access game in steam that give battle royale fans a refreshing look and somewhat a new perspective to the game. Although generally it is obviously looks like its bigger competition, Radical Heights still somewhat brings fresh goods to the table.

GAMEPLAY

Aside from surviving and winning the battle royale, Radical Heights wants your player to look good, savvy and fresh in the battlefield as well.

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You’ll have a chance in the character customization to make your character look funky and ready to dance to the tune of 80’s music while blazing guns with other 99 players in the field.

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Mechanics are still the same. All players will be brought first to a sandbox lobby to practice killing one another. But for Radical Heights, not only you can practice firing all sorts of weapons to your enemies, but, you can do some bicycle flips and jump on a trampoline.

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For this battle royale game, no plane or flying bus will drop you off to your nearest selected way point. Instead, only a short countdown will commence before you launched in midair to find a place to land and loot.

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And once you land, so does the fun begins. Oh, for you to acquire guns, armors and all that cool good stuff? You need cash. I mean, game cash found in the buildings across the map.

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Punch that register for some cold cash

The more cash you have, of course, the more good stuff you can buy. It applies in real life too, I believe.

GRAPHICS

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If you’re expecting a solid and smoothness graphics of PUBG and Fortnite, Radical Heights might not be there at the top with those two giants. The game’s theme is made on an 80’s sense of fashion and considering it’s only on its early access stage, eye candy might be the last one you want to look for when start playing this game. But as they say, never judge the game by its graphics. *winks*

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If your graphics card is capable in cranking  upthe settings to “Ultra”, you might encounter temperature issues with your GPU. Just like PUBG when it was still on its early access stage, the game is still not yet optimized and could cause you high GPU temperature. I got 70ish on my GTX 1080 Ti during gameplay. Still okay though. Also, the game still feels clunky at the moment regardless of how your system is well capable of running this game. Tone down your expectations I suggest.

MUSIC

Guessing from the outfit of the characters, I think they are all ready to do some serious dance moves to tune of 80’s top music. If you’re not familiar on some of the popular songs back then, click this link and start grooving.

CONTROLS

Control mappings are pretty much the same as if you’re playing known battle royale games such as PUBG and Fortnite.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Check out below for the minimum and recommended specs to run the game.
MINIMUM:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / FX-6300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7870 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended specs for Low Quality settings in 1080p resolution.
RECOMMENDED:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended specs optimized for 60FPS in High Quality settings in 1080p resolution

FINAL THOUGHTS

I find the game pretty amusing, entertaining and somewhat funny with all the skimpy costumes and music that comes with it. It brought some fresh feels to a battle royale game. Also, adding a bit of different flavor such as a cash requirement before you actually get the chance to hold on to a weapon is a welcoming idea.  At least you have a chance to survive longer especially if you encounter another player from the get go and both of you have no cash to spend for weapons and some sorts. Good thing that fist fight will always be free for a fair and square duel. But, with almost all devs still riding on the battle royale hype, many are wondering, when will this end? Will they still make ‘other’ games with no 100 people killing one another and grab that chicken dinner? Hoping that CliffyB and his partner of Boss Key Productions’ got to act quick and make more improvements to this game before people starts to abandon the game as there are too many battle royale games out in the wild right now.

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I gave this game a 2.5 out of 5 rating!

Radical Heights is available on Steam. It’s free and still on early access stage.

 

 

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