Review: Daemon X Machina (Nintendo Switch)

When the moon fell, mankind harnessed advanced AI to rebuild the world. However, the same disaster saw the arrival of the Immortals, an evil machine race who turned that AI against its masters. Hope for the future became a bitter battle for survival.

Pros:

  • Smooth cel-shaded Anime looking graphics.
  • 6.6gb download size.
  • Audio-English/Japanese.
  • Mech shooter adventure gameplay.
  • Opening tutorial missions. With pop-ups of new things as you progress.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • In-depth character creator and name.
  • Open area levels.
  • Full stats and progress screen.
  • Main hub where you upgrade/sell/craft/save etc and also acts as a lobby in multiplayer.
  • Customize your Mech with new parts/weapons/decals/spray.
  • Missions types-Offer-main story and Free-optional.
  • Destructible environments like buildings.
  • Ice cream parlor-make up your own ice cream combinations for a one time buff.
  • Factory-develop parts/customize and attachments.
  • Mercenaries-hire Ai partners in missions.
  • Enemies drop ammo and health containers are around that you shoot.
  • Mini map-shows drops/enemies/targets.
  • 30 seconds after a level you use this time to scoop up any drops.
  • Kill named enemies and salvage 1 part from them.
  • Fast frantic gameplay.
  • Mission type variety like escort/destroys or defend.
  • Multiplayer-local and online versions. Co-op and competitive including ranked mode.
  • Co-op-up to 4 players take on a huge boss and you earn unique rewards.
  • Has a slight Monster Hunter vibe in terms of how combat works and gear loops.
  • In Co-op, if you shoot each other in the mission complete cool down you can trigger a duel and earn even more rewards.
  • Breaks you in slowly with guns that auto-target.
  • The wide selection of weapons both ranged to melee and defense.
  • Crazy over the top explosions.
  • In-game text chat options are text-based.
  • Missions can change mid-game.
  • Levels have main and optional side quests.
  • Unlimited combinations of load-outs for your Mech.
  • Decent story.
  • Strong voice work.
  • They do a good job of making it easy to fly to jump to walking to running.

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Graphics look blurry in places.
  • Controls do take a lot of getting used to.
  • Slowdown happens occasionally in handheld.
  • Overwhelming sequences and melee, in particular, is very disorientating.
  • A lot of menu clicking.
  • Slow starter.
  • A lot to take in.
  • The Hud looks clean but it’s just full of icons and bars of things that you need to try and keep track of even though your clueless as to what they are.

 

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Daemon X Machina is a competent Mech shooter, the controls are fiddly and awkward at first but eventually, they are second nature, they make flying and combat a lot of fun as your Mech can have much firepower! The game is a spectacle with loads of explosions, buildings blowing up and epic mech fights. I got Monster Hunter vines in terms of being in a set level and facing off against a foe. I felt overwhelmed for the first few hours as it dumps info upon info on this and that and I instantly forgot most of it! The mini-map is your best friend showing everything that happens, the story is mixed in with the action so it all comes together as a solid piece of the action. I really enjoy the Co-op online fights fun as we team up against huge screen-filling bosses and the way I can get cool loot. The game overall is impressive but whenever I think about playing it I get a wave of how much work it is to do anything and just how heavy it all is. Overall Daemon X Machina is a fun game that has a bit of everything for everyone.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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