Review: Null Drifter (PlayStation 4)

Null Drifter is a 1BIT LO-FI shooter, a journey into the void inside a computer simulation! Lose yourself in this frenetic yet chill experience.

Pros:

  • 1-bit Graphic style.
  • 195.5mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Simple controls-twin stick and dash button.
  • Wave based arena shooter gameplay.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Unlock color palettes as you play.
  • Coins drop from enemies.
  • Shop-buy upgrades and multipliers.
  • Health/upgrades (temporary) drop in-game.
  • A wide selection of palettes mimicking OS screens of old like DOS.
  • Lo-Fi soundtrack.
  • Graphics-Chromatic aberration/screen shake/invasive effects and shake when shooting.
  • Very easy Platinum trophy and can be got in under a half-hour.
  • Levels randomize.

Cons:

  • No proper tutorial.
  • Slow starter.
  • The only replay value is score chasing.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Can proper mess your eyes up.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
6.8/10

Summary

Null Drifter is a game that will take you like 5 minutes to learn and then half-hour to finish! It’s a really good game, solid fun and really nice to look at! Thing is and it’s a biggie! After only minutes of playing you start getting powerful unlocks that make it easier and easier until you have seen all it has to offer in under a minute. I mean I’m all for unlocks but don’t shoot your load straight away, feel free to tease and torment the player and trickle the good parts down. Null Drifter puts out way too fast and leaves you ultimately less satisfied.

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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