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Oh My Godheads

Posted by GG Goblin On December - 6 - 2017

Because a giant godhead makes everything better.

 
There was a time when playing multiplayer didn’t mean having to compete with faceless opponents from all across the world, most of which hadn’t even reached puberty. Multiplayer used to mean inviting people round to your house, ordering in a pizza and hiding all of the sharp objects just in case. Online gaming changed all of that, and couch multiplayer almost died out as a result. However, recently there have been a few dedicated couch multiplayer games turning up, such as the brilliant Overcooked, meaning once again you can scream at your family members and friends when they mess up and drop a potato, or whatever. The latest title to give players the chance to mock their friends is Oh My Godheads from Titutitech and the Square Enix Collective and it involves carrying around the oversized heads of deities. Yeah, it’s a bit quirky.

 
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Oh My Godheads is a dedicated local multiplayer game. This means that if you have no friends that can come round to play, or only have one controller for your console, then the amount of fun that you will have from this title is limited. There is no online play, so you won’t be able to compete against Steve and Betty from over the sea. Playing alone is a possibility, but for reasons I will explain later, that will simply not entertain for long. Oh My Godheads needs other people in the same room as you. Go and grab people from the street if necessary.

 
Up to four players can play Oh My Godheads, with any empty slots being filled by AI, and there are five different modes to enjoy. It doesn’t take much to work out what each of the modes involve by simply looking at their titles; Capture the Head is Capture the Flag, King of the Head is King of the Hill, Headhunters is a Deathmatch and Last Man Standing pretty much describes the mode to a tee. The only mode that may throw up some confusion is the Trials mode, which gives the player a selection of challenges while also doubling as a tutorial of sorts and a way to improve their skill. It is pretty much the least interesting of the modes, so don’t worry too much about it.

 
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The gameplay is pretty much a competitive brawler played in various different arenas. The titular Godheads come into play in the Capture the Head and King of the Head modes, where players will compete to either keep hold of a giant god head for the longest time to score points, or get the head back to their own goal. The modes are fairly simple to grasp, but what mixes things up are the Godheads themselves as they bring with them various ways to change the game. A head might, for example, explode if held for too long, forcing the player to keep throwing the head and then picking it up again before their opponent. Another head may speed up and slow down movement randomly, or it might invert the controls. Some of the heads can be a bit frustrating with their abilities, but they are all a lot of fun and there are ten different heads to play with, so there is a nice variety.

 
Headhunters and Last Man Standing get rid of the Godheads in favor of much more basic brawling gameplay. Players will have melee or ranged attacks, hitting their opponents with swords or even throwing the weapons. The combat is fast and frantic, making for a fun time with friends, but even the exploding pies can’t hide the fact that these modes just don’t have the same level of interest as the ones involving the Godheads.

 
The game comes with a fair few different arenas in which to play. Most of these arenas are really nicely designed and bring with them their own twists for players to navigate, such as environmental hazards that players have to avoid or can use to their advantage. It adds another element to the game, which is sorely needed.

 
So yeah, playing alone. The Trials mode is there for the single player, and any of the other modes can be played with AI bots. The problem is that that AI really isn’t that good, so playing any mode that requires co-operation quickly becomes a test in frustration.

 
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Oh My Godheads has a fun visual style that, while looking a little dated, is in no way offensive. It is bright and colourful, screaming family friendly action that anyone can enjoy. In fact, the game is the most fun when played by a group of people who may not be master gamers. The Godheads are great, adding a little more chaos to an already chaotic game, and the level designs are exciting. The problem is that there are really only two modes worth playing more than a few times, and the single player game is just not worth it. Oh My Godheads can be a great party game, but won’t hold much interest in the cold light of day. One for the 24hr party people I think.

 

 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 



 

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