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Galak-Z defends the universe with Mech Mode

Survival can be difficult in the upcoming Galak-Z. Good thing players will be able to turn their ship into a big honkin' mech.


Among the first impressions that one would get from playing 17-Bit's roguelike space shooter, Galak-Z, would be, "Gee, that pilot looks like someone out of the Voltron Force." That makes sense, given that the indie developer is shooting for an 80s anime aesthetic, but as it turns out, this observation hits the nail on the head more than anyone thought. That's because today, 17-Bit confirmed that Galak-Z would feature a Mech Mode that would allow players to take control of a Defender of the Universe-like robot.

"The Mech mode is a whole new way to play Galak-Z," senior producer Raj Joshi explained on PlayStation.Blog. "Get up in an enemy's face, slice him in two with your sword, or grab him with your extending arm, smash his guts, then throw his scrapped remains into an oncoming bad guy for a double-explosion fireworks show."

Players will be able to switch between Ship Mode and Mech Mode at will, turning their vessel into a massive mech of destruction. The mech can dispatch enemies with a powerful sword or toss hazardous parts of the environment at them. If enemies try and take advantage of the numbers game, the mech can use a Direction Shield to deflect attacks.

This is the biggest Galak-Z reveal to date and it comes just weeks before it's set to launch. Galak-Z will hit PlayStation 4 on August 4.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    July 24, 2015 11:05 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Galak-Z defends the universe with Mech Mode

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      July 24, 2015 4:26 PM

      I knew nothing of this game. Why did I know nothing of this game. Flight model looks great. It looks like a more fun SPAZ.

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      July 24, 2015 4:31 PM

      Oh, c'mon Ozz. I think we could handle a more obscure comparison reference than Voltron.

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        July 24, 2015 4:43 PM

        I'm not going with a Power Rangers reference. What do you take me for?

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          July 24, 2015 5:01 PM

          It's really more Battle Of The Planets.
          Which reminds me of Space Giants. I have not forgotten that the mother and child robots would ride inside the father robot in rocket mode. Even back then it was disturbing to me.

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      July 24, 2015 6:05 PM

      Cool they had that feature under wraps this whole time

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