I hate games titled in all capital letters. But seeing as ZHEROS is described as a ‘whimsical’ 3D beat ’em up, I’ll make an allowance this once. Because who doesn’t need a little more whimsy alongside their violence? Although, shouldn’t it have been Zheroes, anyway?
Either way, ZHEROS was originally released on Xbox One and Steam for PC at the start of 2016. A little more than a year later, developers Rimlight Studios has brought it to the PlayStation 4, where it will cost you £7.99. At the same time, new DLC is out for all three platforms, with The Forgotten Land costing £3.99.
As a big fan of beat’em ups since the days of Kung Fu Master in the arcade and Renegade on the Spectrum (It was years later that I found out Renegade was a conversion of Taito arcade game Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun, which translates as the awesome ‘Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio‘), I’m always in favour of whimsical side-on carton violence. And having played endless games of Streets of Rage with my son, it’s probably time to try something different.
Bit of a digression. But ZHEROS is a singleplayer or all-important co-op fight as you join Mike and Captain Dorian to beat up the evil robot army of Dr. Vendetta and prevent his plans to take over the galaxy. And the sci-fi power-ups include weapons and mech armour.
The Forgotten Land DLC will see Vendetta return, and 8 new levels are set in an ancient world inspired by the Far East, including a new playable character, vehicle and more moves.