We often wonder if the minds behind the original DOOM knew what the game they were creating would lead to. It's one of the most iconic games ever, but 30 years later we're swapping out demons for a scarier threat... bad fashion sense. Fashion Police Squad takes the classic "boomer shooter" formula and splices it with a ton of personality to make an endearing new entry in the genre.
You assume the role of Sergeant Des of the Fashion Police Squad, an elite operation focused on tackling crimes such as socks with sandals, or drab, unappealing business suits. Over the four-hour campaign, you'll be chasing down a lead to get to the bottom of the fashion crime wave that's been plaguing the city. As you might expect, the game doesn't take itself too seriously. All the references and visual gags are well-placed throughout the adventure without relying solely on that type of humour.
The gameplay follows the classic FPS formula seen in games like Wolfenstein 3D. You battle through 13 stages blasting at your enemies, while also looking out for pickups and secrets — represented by posters of Des in various garish outfits. However, specific enemy types can only be damaged by particular weapons. While this wouldn't be as much of a problem on PC where you have hotkeys for fast switching, it's a bit dodgy when it comes to a controller — although it works in theory as part of the fashion concept. It does, however, have interesting mechanics to utilise, such as the water gun's slide mechanic and your trusty belt whip doubling as a highly satisfying grappling hook.
Fashion Police Squad is by no means perfect, but thanks to its strong personality and great ideas, it's worth a blast for any fan of the retro FPS genre. We're very excited to see what this team makes next.
'Drip and tear' is a very good tagline.
Isn't it "FPS (First Person Shooter)" rather than "Boomer Shooter (kangaroo ? explosions? shooter)" ???
@djlard Boomer shooter refers to games made to look like retro FPS games like the original Doom and Wolfenstein games. Presumably because people like using the word "boomer" to blame a previous generation for things.
@BeerIsAwesome It’s one of those words that says more about the person using it than what they’re trying to describe.
@Amnesiac Buzzwords usually are, unfortunately. It's easy enough to hold someone or something accountable without being a d*** about it!
Was going to pick it up even if PushSquare hated it if it’s under $20.
It's funny how everyone seems to forget that generation X exists. I'm one of the younger Gen X gamers and I was a teenager when all of these PC FPS were popular. None of my boomer parents or any of their friends played video games. Anyway, I've heard good things about this game. I may pick it up some day.
@djlard @BeerIsAwesome "Boomer" is short for "baby-boomer." Maybe you already knew that, but it seemed like something worth pointing out. Lots and lots of kids that generation --> baby boom.
@After10Ben Boomer shooter isnt a negative term, it's just a term the FPS community has picked up to describe the Doom/Quake eras
@BeerIsAwesome So why not "old school shooter"???
@djlard Your guess is as good as mine. I don't understand people these days either.
@BeerIsAwesome I think pushsquare is trying too hard to invent new stickers of games, but it only confuses readers. FPS, RPG, 8bit... everybody knows what it means... no need to splinter it.
@djlard I don't think that term is exclusive to PushSquare. I've seen it being said elsewhere as well.
Im a boomer (1964) and yes, doom and quake were the original fps titles that started competitive lan play etc. By the time doom released in 1993 I was nearly 30. Many readers here might not have been born.
Accurate or not, its a common term used for these early fps titles and the majority of people know exactly what to expect if they are described as such..
Good lord people, it's hilarious when you call those FPS games boomer shooters precisely because it wasn't boomers playing them. But it WAS a while ago now, and those of us who were playing video games when those games came out feel old AF now. We ain't boomers, but we feel like it sometimes.
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