Although it does oh, so many things right, it misses the mark in a major area, one that defines the genre. But first, Robot Rising is one of the most gorgeous social games seen to date. That's thanks to Unity and in no small part to the talent at Stomp Games. (Of course, this also means that interested players will need to download the Unity player, but such a thing should be second nature for more seasoned game fans.)
Gallery: Robot Rising on Facebook
In the overworld in which you research and build new parts for your killer machine of choice, every building reacts to your touch with visual flair and metallic fanfare. Using your spoils from battle to deck out your fully-customizable robot is a fun exercise in micromanagement, but it's more entertaining to acquire said spoils. (Isn't it always?) If Robot Rising were a game to be sold in a plastic case, "explosive, engaging and skillful combat" would be the first bullet point on the back.
Almost every weapon in Robot Rising--from rapid fire machine guns to laser blasters and rocket-propelled grenade launchers--feels unique, and secondary fire options like cluster bombs and sniper scopes only add to the options available. In other words, there are more than enough ways to lay the glorious beat down on enemy robots, and there's a method for almost every kind of player.
Robot Rising ultimately delivers on the promise that riveting games with intense graphical fidelity are possible on Facebook. This space-age RPG isn't a far cry from its inspirations, and bodes well for the future of Facebook as a destination for those seeking a more intense experience. Now, it's time to bring in the features that make social games what they are.
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