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Circle-Strafing Shooting: Devil Daggers

Take that, satans!

Dustforce is a fine platformer but what I've really wanted from developers Team Hitbox is their follow-up Spire, a first-person shoot-o-platformer with skill-based movement inspired by Quake III and all that. Well, now I'm also keeping an eye on Devil Daggers [official], a leaderboardtastic arcade-y FPS made by one Hitboxer and some of his other chums. Here, have a gander at this here trailer:

Cover image for YouTube video

Looks... okay, it's not the best trailer. But I'm up for that. Not just because circle-strafing is one of the few skills I've really aced (no one has any use for strafe-jumping these days, do they?). The developers say, "Devil Daggers is a fast-paced shooter that pits you against legions of demons as you struggle to survive as long as you can. Compete for precious seconds with friends or on global leaderboards." I reckon I can shave seconds.

Is this the point where I go beyond cocking my eyebrow and biting my lap and finally interject "Actually, you're completely wrong" to people who say games like Serious Sam are modern-day Dooms? I suppose it is! You, those people I've definitely seen doing that: you're wrong. Most '90s FPS involved very little circle-strafing blasting at dozens of monsters. Doom 'slaughter maps' might dabble in that, sure, but by and large things were going wrong if you needed to circle-strafe around hordes. I like Serious Sam, but it doesn't fit in the pantheon you're forcing it into - and that does Sam a disservice.

Anyway! Devil Daggers is slated for release by the end of this year. It's having a run at Steam Greenlight right now. I will circle-strafe around those monsters.

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.