In a gaming world where FPS games are dominating a large chunk of the industry, it’s very challenging to stand out amongst the big guns.
Enter Project Xandata, an FPS developed by Secret 6 Philippines that offers sleek movement and responsive gunplay. It’s been under development for a couple of years, and we at the Geeky Juans even tried it’s very early build in ESGS way back.
Get Ready, Xandats!
Now that it’s out, we’re excited to say that it’s a very fun FPS that has so much potential. After a couple of rounds played, the game looks and feels smooth. The game modes add enough variety to keep you going, with some of them getting really intense by the end.
Apart from that you also get a nice mix of character classes, abilities, and weapons to choose from, allowing you to adjust your loadout based on your playstyle. It may be an Early Access game, but there’s a good amount of content to get you by and enjoy playing.
Visuals – 4
When it comes to visuals, Project Xandata offers colorful maps, weapons, and character designs that give it a lot of charm and flair that you’d expect in a fast-paced FPS game. The game also runs and performs smoothly, making sure that those slides and pinpoint headshots will hit their mark.
The maps are also visually distinct from one another, making each match fresh after each playthrough. While we should see more character and weapon designs soon, the ones available in the game showcase the game’s charm.
Mechanics – 5
This is where Project Xandata shines the most, as it offers a great combination of buttery smooth movement and satisfying gunplay that makes every fight engaging. You can slide while sprinting, giving you a huge movement boost (you can also slide jump a la Apex Legends), and a double jump to help you reach high ground in a jiffy. Mastering the movement can be tricky, but it is very rewarding, especially after you outmaneuver your opponents.
The gunplay is tight and responsive, with each weapon feeling very fun to use and allows you to try out different playstyles. You can go all out with automatic weapons like the Askal SMG or the Debt Unpaid (yeah, this is utang), or use snipers if you want to fight from a distance. Overall, Project Xandata has the mechanics to help turn it into a very fun shooter to pick up and play.
Replay Venue – 4
Currently, Project Xandata offers 4 game modes, which are Corruption, Skirmish, Overcharge, and Annihilation. There’s enough variety in the modes to enjoy for a while, giving you a lot of rounds to enjoy with friends and randoms alike. Since the game is on early access, we have yet to see other game modes, and maybe a ranked mode that keeps most shooter communities active.
Sound – 4
The game’s sound design has all your standard competitive FPS bells and whistles, which makes the game alive and fun. The voice acting is great, especially on the cinematics, which I would like to see more of in the future. The ability sounds are my favorite on this, since you feel the power of each skill, making each kill more satisfying.
Heart – 4.5
Project Xandata has been in development for a couple of years, and you can see the amount of passion and effort put into this game by how well it plays. The references to Filipino culture are always fun to see while playing, from the weapon names to the abilities you use. The lore is pretty interesting as well, and I would love to see more of it in the near future, since it helps with the world-building of the game. All in all, Project Xandata is a game that is pretty well-crafted, creating a fun experience that will only get better in time.
Overall – 4.3
With superb movement and shooting mechanics, along with bright visuals, Project Xandata has the right tools to stand out and carve out its own niche in the genre. With more updates and content in the future, the game should have a solid foundation that players should enjoy.
The TGJ Game Review metric is divided into 5 categories, with each one having an individual score. The average of all these scores will determine the overall rating of the game. The criteria are as follows:
Visuals: This measures the game’s artistic, graphical, and visual design.
Mechanics: This measures the controls and other gameplay functions that can be performed.
Replay Value: This measures the fun factor of the game after multiple playthroughs.
Sound: This measures the game’s music, voice acting, and sound effects.
Heart: Each game has something that makes it feel like a special experience. This category measures what makes the game a great experience. These factors can include stories, community, and much more.
About the Author
A former teacher and guitarist, Jude (Twitter, Instagram) is currently a writer that covers video games and is one of the co-hosts of The Geeky Juans. Apart from hosting the podcast, you can also catch him streaming at Dude It’s Jude on Facebook.
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