Discounts on games released just a few months ago are often quite rare, but one time of year when this isn’t the case is the Black Friday season. Indeed, it’s now the week of the big day, and we’re starting to see plenty of fantastic deals on some of the best titles of 2023. One of those great deals is Trepang2, a mid-range single-player action FPS. high octane that has quickly become one of my favorite shooters since its release in late June. It’s normally $30, but on PC you can get it for just $19.12 – a whopping 36% off that’s over $10 off. It’s also down to $22.49 on Xbox, so Microsoft console users don’t have to worry about being left out.
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One of the best shooter games I’ve played in years
As a huge fan of the iconic 2005 action-horror FPS, I was excited to see its spiritual successor come in the form of Trepang2 (fun fact: the strange title is actually a codename which the developers stuck with). Like FEAR, it mixes vivid shots, action movie-like slow motion, and bloody ultraviolence with the constant creeping tension and supernatural phenomena you’d expect from a horror title. But Trepang2 goes even harder than Monolith Productions’ classic, and so the intensity is absolutely turned up to 11. And its awesome.
Trepang2 puts you in the shoes of “Subject 106”, a soldier with supernatural strength, speed and reflexes that allow you to throw men like they were rag dolls, dodge storms of bullets, and much more. You have no memory of who you were before, but when an enigmatic group of special forces breaks you out of a black site, you have the opportunity to take up arms with your new allies and discover the truth, all while trying to thwart the Horizon company. who imprisoned you at every moment.
It’s an interesting story with some creative twists, but the real meat and potatoes of the game are its incredible combat. Between its diverse arsenal of firearms which constitute a veritable blast to use (and dual-wield, if you’re into that), grenades, bullet time, physical strikes and brutal grappling hooks, and a timed invisibility cloak for stealth, Trepang2’s sandbox is glorious – and you will have to use every part of in order to sow blood in Horizon’s private army.
That’s because you’ll be fighting highly trained soldiers with some of the best AI I’ve ever seen in a modern shooter. Throughout each mission, you’ll encounter everything from hordes of basic grunts to deadly black ops troops, as well as unique threats from other factions and supernatural circumstances. The excellent level design keeps everything fresh with varied environments and encounters, and there are even several engaging bosses and minibosses spread throughout the experience.
In the end, it’s just a ton of fun, and it’s a game that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a new shooter. Even though this year is as good as it gets, I maintain that Trepang2 is one of the best Xbox games and best PC games of 2023. The combat makes you feel like a supernatural John Wick, the he story is intriguing and well-written, and it’s all supported by exciting special effects, impeccable sound design, and techno-rock music that would sound right at home in DOOM. What’s not to like?