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Nex Machina vs. Matterfall: Which Shooter Should You Buy?

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Nex Machina vs. Matterfall: Which Shooter Should You Buy?

Housemarque has really been pumping out video games over the past few years. The developer has spoiled us with six titles since 2014, and they’ve all been utterly brilliant. From the eye-popping visuals of Resogun’s cylindrical world to decimating hordes of creepy zombies in the atmospheric Dead Nation, Housemarque has proven themselves masters of adrenaline-pumping shooters. For many, that all culminated in Nex Machina (you can check our review here), a title that had many critics gushing, lauding it as the pinnacle of the developer’s esteemed catalog.


Now, just two months later, Housemarque is back with a new spin on twin-stick shooting, Matterfall. It’s a complete shake up from their typical formula, blending together genres with a slick combination of side-scrolling, twin-stick shooting, and pacey platforming (our Matterfall review can be found here).

Both games offer intense action, a futuristic sci-fi setting, and eye-popping visuals, but if your video game shelf (or PS4 HDD) is only big enough for one of these two Housemarque specials, which one should you go for? The top of its class traditional twin-stick shooter, or the bold genre mashup that offers something a bit different? Here’s our breakdown to help you decide.

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