Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. Dec 12, 2013
    A return to gaming's roots. The best launch title for PS4 bar none.
  2. Dec 9, 2013
    Thus while not being a visual spectacle in the way something like Killzone is, Resogun demonstrates well the potential of the PS4 as a console; its capacity for impressive particle effects and handling of many more physics objects at once than past consoles is shown off to the full.
  3. Nov 21, 2013
    Resogun has definitely lived up to the hype and is one reason everyone who buys a PS4 early will be glad they did so. It’s a short, but sweet game that is well-worth replaying on numerous difficulties and in online co-op.
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    It’s an eye-searing blur of a loop that you’ll be happy to jump into again and again. Don’t miss it.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    Feb 13, 2014
    An excellent classic shoot 'em up in the vein of Defender. Very pretty, very challenging.
  6. Games Master UK
    Dec 19, 2013
    Looks as beautiful as it plays. Destined to be a classic of the shoot-em-up genre. [Jan 2014, p.69]
  7. Dec 2, 2013
    Resogun is small in scope, which means everything about it needs to have staying power. The gameplay certainly does, but the soundtrack is lukewarm.
  8. Nov 29, 2013
    Whichever way you slice it, Resogun is a glorious score attack game and the perfect way for new PS4 owners to learn just how awesome PlayStation Plus really is. Essential.
  9. Dec 12, 2013
    Housemarque did it again. Resogun is a brilliant shooter with lots under its hood: great visuals, stunning gameplay and rich personality. If only it had more levels.
  10. Dec 5, 2013
    It is brilliant stuff, always thrilling and constantly rewarding. There’s perhaps a lack of alternative modes, providing a straightforward parade of levels that perhaps look slim in the light of, say, Geometry Wars 2’s jam-packed fairground. But Resogun knits a timeless brand of skill-based arcade gameplay with a few neat tricks that we haven’t seen before.
  11. Dec 4, 2013
    Housemarque once more delivers an exciting and highly addictive launch game. Renogun is truly brilliant, showing off some impressive graphics, intuitive gameplay and challenging level design. A must have for every PlayStation 4 owner.
  12. Dec 3, 2013
    It's a game where focus is rewarded, and as such there's a welcome emphasis on using the PS4's hardware to relay information to the player without compromising their concentration, such as the pad-based speaker barking instructions.
  13. 90
    Resogun is the perfect game for leaderboard enthusiasts, with simplistic gameplay and application that's challenging to master. Saving the last humans has never felt so invigorating.
  14. Nov 26, 2013
    It’s a shame there are only five levels, but what is here is eye-wateringly good.
  15. Nov 21, 2013
    Much like Super Stardust HD before it, Resogun offers an almost perfect fusion of challenging and rewarding action. While the core arcade mode does lean a little on the short side, this is a title that you’ll struggle to put down while you battle your way to the top of the online leaderboards.
  16. 90
    Resogun is short, but considering the challenge, an added online co-op mode, and a reliance on besting high-scores that you’ll actually feel compelled to beat, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
  17. Nov 18, 2013
    Another expertly produced retro-inspired shooter from Housemarque, Resogun gives players an immensely impressive level of depth, challenge, replayability, and graphical prowess that stands as one of the best ways to be introduced to the recently launched PlayStation 4.
  18. Nov 18, 2013
    It may be a bit light on content, but the craftsmanship on Housemarque's part can't be denied.
  19. Nov 18, 2013
    Resogun's pretty graphics and sometimes excessive effects make it look like a tech demo, but its refined action and subtle intricacies quickly put such notions to death. This is a thrilling and challenging shooter that just so happens to demo the tech quite well!
  20. Nov 16, 2013
    Resogun may not break any new ground with all the newfangled technology at its command, but it offers a level of entertainment that tends to be in short supply in the early days of a new platform. It comes highly recommended.
  21. The first twin-stick shooter of the next generation has a good chance of being PS4’s dark-horse killer app at the console’s launch. It’s hard to remember ever having quite this much fun whizzing around blowing up things in space. Resogun showcases how stunning arcade games can look with PS4 tech.
  22. Nov 13, 2013
    A tense, challenging, and excellent shooter. It may be short, but its addictive cycle of cylindrical shooter gameplay, great looks, and catchy music make it worth replaying in endless pursuit of that high score on the leaderboard.
  23. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun is a small but brilliant launch title for PlayStation 4 and you shouldn’t miss it. Perhaps it has only one single problem: the contents are too few and you’ll have seen everything of it in a couple of hours.
  24. Dec 2, 2013
    The visual and auditory effects are sweet, the challenge is appreciated (even if you occasionally want to throw the controller), the strategy is a nice twist, and the overall presentation is to be commended. Above all else, this is one of those games that can hook you and never, ever let go.
  25. Nov 29, 2013
    Resogun is the model to follow in indie titles. A frenetic yet simple play style, wonderful music, astounding visuals in their own way and a great attention to detail. Is it short? It is, but its replayability is undeniable. People will still be talking about this game in the years to come, as this is no doubt one of the best release titles for PlayStation 4.
  26. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 3, 2014
    Resogun is a downloadable crack of the best variety. Buy it. [January 2014, p76]
  27. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2014
    A great shoot ‘em up born of passion for the genre. [01/2014, p.63]
  28. Dec 27, 2013
    Resogun may be a free game for the PlayStation 4, it doesn’t make it a bad game. Resogun is a superb game, where you’ll playing and shooting through a lot of psychedelic levels and will keep playing, until you’ll put it away for a while. And in a year or so, you’ll pick it up again.
  29. Dec 23, 2013
    A superb twin-stick shooter by the creators of Super Stardust HD, that is probably the best exclusive launch game for the PS4.
  30. Nov 29, 2013
    A game is doing something exceptionally well if you get blown to bits and still sit there with a big smile on your face. Resogun is as fast, elegant and explosive as a shoot em up needs to be.
  31. The tweak on the formula set up by GW and SSHD may seem minor to begin with, but once the outer layers of the game are peeled away, Resogun reveals itself to have a significantly different feel than either of its predecessors.
  32. Nov 27, 2013
    This classic arcade style shooter will keep your thumbs and your senses occupied for many, many hours.
  33. Nov 22, 2013
    Resogun is spectacular, beautiful and very easy to control. Who doesn't enjoy getter as high as possible high scores to compete with yourself, your friends and the rest of the world has nothing to go for with Resogun. It welcomes the new console in the best possible way though: with blazing action and hypnotizingly intense gameplay.
  34. Nov 18, 2013
    Much like Geometry Wars was for the Xbox 360, it’s an extremely fun and addictive arcade shoot-em-up that is actually more worth your time than any of the hotly anticipated full-priced launch titles.
  35. Nov 13, 2013
    Shoot‘em-up-fans will get their needs filled on the PlayStation 4, because Resogun is actual space crack. It combines this ultra-classic type of game with everything a hyper modern console has to offer. The old-fashioned blasting of spaceships has never been this pretty or intense. Take into account the challenging, but mostly very awesome selection of worlds, and before you know it you’ll be hunting for high scores for hours on end.
  36. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun is a collision of 1980s shooters, 1990s bullet-hells and 2010s aesthetic. It's as simple or difficult as you want it to be. Sure, it borrows great ideas quite liberally. But Resogun's best idea is smashing them all together into a singular, spectacular laser light show.
  37. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun, the new shooter of the Finnish Housemarque captures players thanks to a fantastic look, and a very speedy, technical and exciting gameplay.
  38. Nov 25, 2013
    One the best games for PS4 so far. It's available for free with PS Plus, so if you've got a subscription, make sure you spend some quality time with this title.
  39. Nov 13, 2013
    Housemarque, creators of Super Stardust, do the cylindrical vessels battle with addictive, challenging and fun gameplay.
  40. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun lays out all your tools in front of you and has you gunning for a high score simply for the sake of improving your game. You can look at this as a virtue, but even with the addition of online coop, Resogun doesn’t completely explore its promising possibility space. It feels almost inevitable that the game will see some sort of update to offer more ships and more levels in the future.
  41. Jan 2, 2014
    Housemarque has once again delivered on all fronts, creating a compulsive and refined game that showcases the meaty power of the PS4 – and that really isn’t bad for a launch title.
  42. Hyper Magazine
    Dec 29, 2013
    Simultaneously tense and strangely meditative. [Feb 2014, p.72]
  43. Dec 28, 2013
    Resogun is a good retro shooter clothed in beautiful graphics. It offers a proper challenge and a lot of fun without annoying technical issues.
  44. Dec 12, 2013
    Resogun is a visual spectacle and a delight to play. Its only mistake is to not include more ships and more levels.
  45. Dec 10, 2013
    It looks like a visual demo, but Resogun is actually an excellent arcade shooter with old school gameplay and, maybe, the first essential game for the PS4.
  46. Dec 9, 2013
    Resogun is the little big surprise of the PlayStation 4 line-up. Offered with the PS Plus subscription, Housemarque's game is a perfect mix of Geometry Wars and Choplifter. Visually nice and attractive, it offers a harsh challenge though. Skill highly recommended. You'll be addicted.
  47. Dec 3, 2013
    Resogun is simply one the best next-gen titles available that any PS4 owner can’t miss. Probably a bit hard, but If you’re a shoot ‘em up addicted, you’re going to fall in love with it. Once again, well done Housemarque!
  48. Nov 29, 2013
    Housemarque have once again proven that they’re the masters of innovation through old school design. It’s a stunning game, and perhaps one of the best to show off your new hardware. It’s rhythmic, satisfying, hardcore and ultimately a joy to play, and well worth as many hours of your time as it can steal.
  49. 80
    Once again, Housemarque shows download-only titles can go toe to toe with gaming heavyweights. Resogun is the kind of game that is worth getting a PS4 for.
  50. Nov 28, 2013
    It’s gorgeous; Resogun draws on its host hardware’s graphical capabilities to make you feel like the most powerful entity in the room.
  51. Nov 28, 2013
    It might not be as timeless as Defender. But now, at launch, Resogun belongs on your hard drive if you appreciate an intense bullet hell and impressive particle effects.
  52. Nov 27, 2013
    Resogun is an excellent game. Its few problems do not compromise the final result, even though we would have appreciated to see more than 3 space ships and more than 5 levels. Among the launch titles for the PS4, this is one of the most interesting games; we recommend you to download it and start to climb the leaderboards.
  53. Nov 25, 2013
    The best Defender clone for years and arguably the best next gen launch title on any console, although that says far more about its rivals than it does Resogun itself.
  54. Nov 18, 2013
    With solid visuals, twitch gameplay, and a strange and mesmerizing addictiveness to it, you really can't go wrong by spending time with this game, especially during those times when you need a break from COD, BF4, Killzone, or whatever other mainstream title you may play on your brand new PS4.
  55. Nov 17, 2013
    Resogun is an incredibly fun game, but not much more than that.
  56. Nov 14, 2013
    It’s great for showing off your new system and acclimating to a new controller, but a dearth of content prevents Resogun from earning much praise beyond being a solid, fun launch title.
  57. Nov 14, 2013
    It's a little hard to wrap your head around the idea that what's arguably the best exclusive game on the PS4 so far is sort of a pack-in freebie, but even at the normal $15 asking price, Resogun would be an easy download to recommend.
  58. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun is a smart, merciless little shooter, with just enough substance to match its extravagant flash. The humans are a welcome pain, as they always are, conspiring with relentless enemies and ostentatious graphical effects to exterminate boredom at every opportunity.
  59. Nov 13, 2013
    It's classic arcade action imbued with hard-hitting artistic and gameplay elements. Falling in love with Resogun is easy, and mastering it is challenging, and the combination of these two qualities makes Resogun almost impossible to put down.
  60. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun really is that rare kind of arcade game that feels like an entirely different beast when played on the toughest setting. It's also the closest the PS4 launch line-up gets to offering a genuine next-gen thrill.
  61. Nov 29, 2013
    A homage to Defender, Resogun is a competent, albeit rather short, horizontal shooter that greatly integrates its game mechanics even if it lacks the complexity and raw power of high arcade shooting.
  62. Jan 2, 2014
    Resogun might not be the most amazing game released alongside the Playstation 4, but its intense gameplay still makes it a good one. The levels are few but great in design and fun. It’s not as great as Housemarque's title Super Stardust HD but good enough for a couple of hours of entertainment.
  63. Nov 29, 2013
    Addictive and nervous, Resogun is a compelling shoot 'em up referring to Housemarque's dear demo scene... and it's probably the best exclusive PS4 game at launch.
  64. Nov 25, 2013
    Resogun is great for spontaneous, quick play. Anything longer than that starts to give me a headache.
  65. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun looks incredible and provides plenty of arcade fun. It's only held back by sudden difficulty spikes and some frustrating point-scoring mechanics.
  66. Nov 13, 2013
    Resogun does everything it promises, and not a a bit more. It has gorgeous graphics and solid skill-based gameplay, with valuable online co-op support and just enough content to keep things interesting for a while.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1020 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    2nd Best launch title!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the game is a next generation stardust ultra hd what's more to say,addiction simply is not enough to2nd Best launch title!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the game is a next generation stardust ultra hd what's more to say,addiction simply is not enough to maintain this game! Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    The game is fine, but I don't see myself coming back to it. It plays very similarly to Defender, but since I don't like shmups, I got boredThe game is fine, but I don't see myself coming back to it. It plays very similarly to Defender, but since I don't like shmups, I got bored pretty quickly. It's a great game to show off to friends and family, but I don't think I would play much of it on my own. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2014
    while this game features some kickass music, that's pretty much all it's got going for it. being that this is an arcade type game, there's nowhile this game features some kickass music, that's pretty much all it's got going for it. being that this is an arcade type game, there's no real story, the objective is to save all the humans. the gameplay, whic is the most important aspect of this type of game, is alright at best, and be incredibly boring at times.i got it for free so i can't complain too much, however this game is not worth paying for at all. Full Review »