We’ve played countless dual-stick shooters, some bring a bit of fun but nothing new and occasionally you’ve got a Guerrilla Bob that pushes the genre further. Now Lock ‘n’ Load takes aim at dual stick shooters and easily leaves most in the dust.
At first glance Lock ‘n’ Load appears to be a standard dual stick horror-themed shooter where you chase down an evil girl along with the evil minions she summons. There’s a small arsenal to aid in your survival as well as blasting the minions back to where they came from (most likely New Jersey). So far Lock ‘n’ Load seems pretty cookie-cutterish huh?
Nay there nay-sayers. Unlike most dual stick shooters that focus on an endless survival mode or throw together rehashed levels, Lock ‘n’ Load is polished man! You’ll be blasting through ever-changing designs and layouts such as spooky carnivals and creaky mansions. This goes beyond esthetics and slowly introduces new types of enemies and refreshed gunning and running. The best part of this is that Lock ‘n’ Load does the impossible–it becomes a non-repetitive dual stick shooter.
The best way to sum up Lock ‘n’ Load is to say that it’s “chock full o’ content”. Besides what I’ve already mentioned, Lock ‘n’ Load throws in a few mini games during the main campaign that helps break up the action without halting it. Did I mention the crazy Boss Battles? Well shame on me cause they may be the best we’ve seen yet in a dual stick shooter and Lock ‘n’ Load bursts at the seams with baddies. Last but not least is the Challenge Mode that you’ll unlock playing the Main Campaign. Some challenges mirror certain aspects in the main campaign and other challenges surpass the absurdness. Wheelchair racing granny with mounted machines guns? Just sayin…yup awesome challenge.
The Bottom Line:
Lock ‘n’ Load delivers the best dual stick shooter experience in years.