Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Jun 27, 2017
    Played alone or in co-op, played in Arcade mode or one of the more specific mission challenges, Nex Machina is a thrilling masterpiece.
  2. Jun 30, 2017
    I have always been a massive fan of Super Stardust HD, but I never thought Housemarque would be able to reach those dizzying heights again. I was wrong. Nex Machina takes all that was good about SSHD and turns the dial up, making this game my new favorite Housemarque game and one that I urge each and every one of your to go out and buy. Be warned however, it’s going to make your thumbs sore.
  3. Jun 23, 2017
    It takes a special type of high-score game for me to want to actually stick with it and start rivalries on the leaderboards. Pac-Man Championship Edition was one such game. Trials HD was another. Now, Nex Machina is my new obsession.
  4. Jun 19, 2017
    Nex Machina is quick, challenging, and exactly what the arcade shooter genre needed. The team at Housemarque has clearly taken a lot of influence from shooters of the past while still knowing how to add their own special spice to the mix.
  5. Jun 28, 2017
    Immaculate level design, devilish enemy placement, and a steady but always punishing difficulty curve help Nex Machina stand head and shoulders above most competing shooters, not to mention the early arcade titles that inspired it, like Robotron: 2084.
  6. Jun 23, 2017
    Housemarque did it again. With its neon lights, endless action, frantic pace, and amazing soundtrack, Nex Machina is one of the most beautiful surprises of this 2017, and one of the best twin-stick shooters ever made.
  7. CD-Action
    Sep 25, 2017
    A twin-stick shooter elevated to an art form. [09/2017, p.74]
  8. games(TM)
    Aug 10, 2017
    A near-perfect distillation of gaming excellence. [Issue#190, p.80]
  9. Jul 31, 2017
    Nex Machina is a winner. The game balances exploration in each stage with the threat of massive hordes of various enemies bearing down at you from all sides, and it maintains the fun that comes from relentless action. Though you're essentially only shooting, it never feels tired due to the level variety. Score hunters will have a blast going after each challenge and their respective leaderboards, all while taking in the voxel overload as things explode. Action fans of all types owe it to themselves to check out Nex Machina.
  10. Edge Magazine
    Jul 20, 2017
    Though you might not see it at first, Nex Machina steadily becomes a more layered, complex experience the more you play it. [Sept 2017, p.104]
  11. Jul 17, 2017
    This is a love letter to classic twin-stick shooters. With input from one of the kings of the genre in Eugene Jarvis, there was almost no way this could fail. It’s a fast-paced, colourful, and bullet-rich affair that will have you coming back for more again and again.
  12. Jul 4, 2017
    The best of Finnish studio Housemarque is coming together in one amazing game filled with extremely difficult fights.
  13. Jun 30, 2017
    Nex Machina is a game that I plan to keep in rotation for the indefinite future.
  14. Jun 29, 2017
    Nex Machina might be Housemarque's best game so far. There's a lot of fun to be had here, especially in Arena Mode. If you're at all interested, don't hesitate.
  15. Jun 27, 2017
    Nex Machina is exciting, addictive and challenging, a must have for all arcade shooter fans. We loved its level design and the perfect mix of gameplay mechanics combined with a clean presentation and vibrant soundtrack. It’s without doubt one of the best Housemarque games.
  16. Jun 25, 2017
    Nex Machina is up there with Resogun as the best game Housemaque has ever released and is a great throwback to the arcade shooters of old. In terms of presentation and design, it is perfect and its smooth, brutal, and challenging gameplay makes it feel wonderful to play.
  17. Jun 24, 2017
    Despite its utterly insane difficulty curve, Nex Machina is a pure joy to play.
  18. Jun 23, 2017
    Nex Machina is another fantastic arcade-inspired retro homage from the folks at Housemarque. I think it may be the most stressful of the trio of such releases from the studio so far, but that’ll give more hardcore players an added push to get good and improve their scores. Lesser-skilled players, however, may feel even more lost among the madness.
  19. Jun 22, 2017
    Housemarque delivers one of its best games to date, a great twin-stick shooter that fans of the genre (and previous works of the studio) shouldn't miss.
  20. 90
    Housemarque has broken its own quality barrier with Nex Machina. This pulse-pounding twin-stick arcade shooter is the developer’s finest work. Brutal, compelling, enthralling and layered with hidden depths, Nex Machina is awash with retrotastic glory, and serves as the new benchmark for twin-stick shooters.
  21. Jun 21, 2017
    Limited multiplayer options aside, Nex Machina is a game that confidently meets expectations. It's difficult, intensely satisfying, and packed with enough secrets and lofty secondary objectives to keep you enraptured for hours. It's a classic game at heart, but with refined challenges and exacting mechanics, it feels right at home in the modern era.
  22. Jun 21, 2017
    Nex Machina is a great follow-up to Resogun, even if it's a different game. Another masterpiece in the Twin-Stick Shooter genre for Housemarque.
  23. Jun 19, 2017
    The spiritual sequel to Robotron becomes the definitive dual-stick shooter, and one of the best arcade games of the modern era.
  24. 90
    Twin stick shooter purists will love Nex Machina for its fast paced action and incredible presentation, but this is a game that's clearly been designed to keep you coming back for more.
  25. Jun 19, 2017
    Nex Machina is the pinnacle of all things Housemarque, with concepts and ideas that have been refined over many games in their purest form. That’s both its strength and its weakness, as there is nothing you haven’t seen before in one of their previous games. If you are a fan of the Finnish developer’s game, this is still an essential purchase, but if you’re a newcomer, this is the best place to join the party.
  26. Jun 19, 2017
    Nex Machina is shoot-em-up kings Housemarque's latest game, and it might just be their best. A top-down Resogun that takes all that was good from that, improves on it and then adds so much more. Tight and responsive controls and great visuals make up for some exhilarating action.
  27. Jun 19, 2017
    Nex Machina is everything that an arcade game should be: addictive and accessible yet bursting with hidden depth. Housemarque continues to be the master of the dual-joystick shooter with a sublime effort that harks back to the coin-op glory days of yesteryear. This is a near-perfect complement to the ridiculously good Resogun, and deserves to find a place among your PS4's hard drive space.
  28. Jun 19, 2017
    Intense doesn’t even cover it. Nex Machina is every bit as tough, exciting and absorbing as the eighties arcade classics that inspired it.
  29. Games Master UK
    Aug 10, 2017
    A speedy, psychedelic, and utterly addictive arcade experience that perfectly blends retro and modern. [Sept 2017, p.78]
  30. Jun 23, 2017
    Nex Machina is a frantic twin stick shooter, with a short but intense campaign, awesome bosses and nice graphics and sound.
  31. Jun 23, 2017
    Housemarque is back again with another return to the shoot’em up’s roots. A brilliant action game and a challenging and truly replayable experience.
  32. Jun 19, 2017
    What a voxelstorm. Nex Machina is a great twinstick shooter that beams you back into the arcades. This explosive experience will dray you into its small but challenging world.
  33. Jun 19, 2017
    Where Resogun may have been a spiritual successor to Defender in many ways, Nex Machina finds its roots in games like Smash TV and Robotron. Nex Machina is the sort of game that Housemarque does best. Accessible, hopelessly addictive arcade gaming. And they’ve nailed it – again.
  34. 85
    Eugene Jarvis and Housemarque have come together to create one of the best playing twin-stick shooters ever made. While I do wish there was more content (I can only hope this gets the same amount of support as Resogun did) , there are enough difficulties that I’ll still be learning the intricacies for several months to come.
  35. Jun 19, 2017
    Nex Machina flares up the market with a ferocity and pity for novices.
  36. Jul 17, 2017
    Nex Machina is another impressive addition to the portfolio of Housemarque. It’s a top-tier shooter with dazzling visuals that never lets up on the action.
  37. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Feb 8, 2018
    Nex Machina is Jarvis’ Robotron retuned, but when those revisions are a rock solid 60fps, swirling voxel storms, and an array of play-extending modes, it’s hard to shoot it down. [September 2017, p78]
  38. Aug 25, 2017
    A great shooter that doesn’t push the boundaries of the genre and it won’t bring new players, but it is more or less a must-have for the fans of the genre.
  39. Aug 16, 2017
    In a gaming landscape where every game has bountiful side quests and unending DLC, it’s nice to play a game that knows what it is and sticks to that formula from beginning to end. While Nex Machina won’t be for everyone, it’s a game that absolutely excels at being what it set out to be: a challenging, beautiful arcade shooter that will constantly ask if you want to continue.
  40. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 9, 2017
    A shooter that drips its frenetic fervor directly into your eyeballs. [Aug 2017, p.92]
  41. Jul 25, 2017
    Housemarque knows how to develop good games. If you like twin stick shooters you should try Nex Machina. However, it's a bit chaotic when you play together. In the end it's still fun.
  42. Jul 10, 2017
    An arcade with a great old school flavour. Its playability and audio-visual experience don't disappoint if you're looking for a simple, direct experience.
  43. Jun 26, 2017
    Nex Machina is a super fast top down shooter with an awesome sci-fi look. You can play it alone or with a friend, but only in local, on-line is not allowed. Just like in the '90 you can find in the game all the magic of the coin-op era, but you will need sharp reflexes to beat the robots.
  44. Jun 23, 2017
    Nex Machina is not for the faint of heart, but a recipe to delight those looking for an attractive, arcadey challenge to overcome.
  45. 80
    The masters of twin-stick shooting are back and Nex Machina is as polished in both presentation and gameplay as you’d expect. It is a little lacking in content and variety but what’s here is of the very highest level the genre has to offer.
  46. Jun 25, 2017
    As expected, Nex Machina is another exhilarating piece of dual-stick shooting fun from Housemarque. It's a blast to play with tight controls and satisfying shooting but its lack of content and emphasis on repetition stop it from being a true classic.
  47. 70
    Finnish studio Housemarque have produced in Nex Machina another game to sit alongside its well-received titles of Alienation and Resogun, and that showcases the serious pedigree it has built since their start in the early nineties with Stardust. It is a rush of colour that delivers a satisfying experience that’ll steal your calm and let you imagine a future where the robots don’t wipe us all out.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 164
  1. Jun 21, 2017
    A twin stick shooter from the makers of Resogun. It has much of the same graphical style, most of the same game modes, but none of the sameA twin stick shooter from the makers of Resogun. It has much of the same graphical style, most of the same game modes, but none of the same magic.

    Its well made, but rudderless as you fly through a rapid succession of meaningless stages which end with an undecipherable formula and a score that feels empty.

    Like Stardust Ultra or Resogun, i guess you are supposed to continue to replay the 5ish stages for higher scores ---then on more difficult settings for a more intense challenge, but its all so similar and missing a worthwhile end goal.....i just dont get why you would. There is so little opportunity for alternate play styles or strategies, it ends up being an almost identical experience each time.

    There are some achievements called "feats", and some slight customization you can unlock by grinding currency from certain modes.....but again, why? Do you care if your barely visible character has a slightly different highlight shade to his white outfit.

    I was looking forward to this game and preordered it, but after 10 minutes i was bored. I thought i had missed something. I played through each mode more than a couple times, hoping the game would grow on didnt.

    It steals virtually all its enemy and even stage boss mechanics from Resogun, making it feel very derivative.

    In a sentence, Its Resogun without the novelty, PS4 launch limited competition, and charm.

    It will probably be a PS+ game by your money.
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  2. Jun 20, 2017
    This is one hell of a game it take every thing we play back in the arcade area. It has lots of good nostalgic memories like smash tv or otherThis is one hell of a game it take every thing we play back in the arcade area. It has lots of good nostalgic memories like smash tv or other bullet hell shooter and this take the the cake of glory. Full Review »
  3. Jun 20, 2017
    This is an incredible arcade shooter. Resogun is already a great arcade shooter bust with Nex Machina Housemarque sets a new level. It's soThis is an incredible arcade shooter. Resogun is already a great arcade shooter bust with Nex Machina Housemarque sets a new level. It's so fun to play and I promise you: If you are into such kind of games then you'll be hooked. ; ) Full Review »