Roll7 were shown at the E3 Sony Press Conference this year. They showed off their new title, Not A Hero.
Not A Hero, in a way, is a very character-driven game because all of the playable characters come from different backgrounds, feel distinct and play very differently. In some cases, it’s brought on by special abilities; slow reloading, different guns, speed etc. Every character brings something different to the table.
The first playable character you meet is Steve, and he’s a standard issue, balaclava-wearing, pistol-wielding dude who is designed to teach you the core mechanics of the game – such as; slide, cover, shoot, then timing reloads, and working out slide tackles – stuff like that.
From there, you can unlock Cletus. He’s the loveable, shotgun-shooting Hillbilly. They introduce the first big change to how things play with him. He has a shotgun, which means he has less ammo, but his bullets are somewhat more effective. You have to really think through your shots, because you will almost certainly die if you just started blasting off bullets everywhere.
Cletus also adds a couple of Special Abilities in a major way. For instance, if you fire at an Enemy, they get blown backwards. It’s kind of awesome because you can essentially start bowling with bad-guys. You can shoot one guy, and then use him to knock over everyone else, then run in and execute everyone while they’re on the floor.
In the City, there are four Districts: Vodkaville, Sushi Central, Barrington Court, Bredrin Park. All of the Districts are colour coded. Vodkaville is like the Russian-Mafia district and it’s all purple, and then you move over to Bredrin Park – which is green, Sushi Central, which is red. And then the fourth District is Barrington Court, which is blue.
Every stage, there is one overall objective that you have to beat to finish the level. There are also three bonus challenges that are optional to complete. They are trying to cater to both types of fans – the ones who want to complete everything 100%, and the others who just want the variety and flux of the different challenges, different maps and different gameplay.
As you’re working for Bunnylord, and you’re helping him go on his election campaign, you will see Bunnylord’s Poll Rating rise after you complete every stage. The more Challenges you complete, the higher the District percentage will be.
In terms of character unlocks, you can play through the game and do most of the challenges with any character, but there are certain levels where you might need to unlock a certain character in order to go back and beat previous challenges.
The game is set for release at some point next year. Keep an eye out for it!