Jul 17, 2017
While Next Up Hero might not be coming to Xbox One until early 2018, we managed to get our hands on a preview build. The game is a lot of fun and is definitely a unique concept. For those who don't know, Next Up Hero is an arcade action-adventure driven by Community Continue, in which players take turns fighting, and dying, in community game sessions, working to conquer impossibly hard monsters and bosses together, one hero at a time.

Next Up Hero allows you to choose from nine heroes with an assortment of weapons and abilities to suit your playstyle, from swords and rocket launchers to laser turrets, massive drums, and boomerangs. When you die, you’ll leave behind an Echo of your hero on the battlefield. The next in the line of heroes will be able to resurrect your Echo as an AI battle companion. Sound familiar? Well, it's somewhat similar to Super Time Force. You basically fight alongside your past selves.

Next Up Hero goes a step further. Take turns continuing friends’ games, fighting and dying until you have an entire army of Echoes by your side, and enough strength to finally defeat those awful monsters. As the developers say, "Everyone dies. Heroes continue." Dying multiple times is normal in this game so don't be dismayed. You're supposed to amass as many Echoes as possible.

Next Up Hero has a strong team behind it too. It’s the first original game from developer Digital Continue, founded by industry veteran Joe Tringali, the co-founder of the team behind Scribblenauts, Lock’s Quest and Drawn to Life. However, the most important part has to be that Next Up Hero is being developed with community feedback, beginning with an exclusive closed beta. The title will be coming to Steam’s Early Access program in the fall. Just so you know, Digital Continue will incorporate community ideas to improve characters, modes, weapons, attacks, and enemy types for the final game, launching in early 2018. I can't wait to play it and you should keep the game on your radar too.
Our score: /10

Great - An excellent piece of kit that offers value for money and adheres to high quality standards.
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