While there are plenty of twin-stick shooters and beat-em-ups on the system I can’t say that there are many that work as a sort of hybrid of the two. With top-down 360 degree slashing action there’s a certain simple-but-satisfying feel to the arena fights of Cubers. As you progress your foes and the traps you’ll face will get trickier to deal with, but the good news is that a steady stream of new equipment and upgrades will also provide you with some options on how to play, whether favoring all-out aggressive offense, block-and-counter strategy, or some other variant in between. As you progress in the campaign more and more goodies like additional multiplayer modes will unlock, affording you more opportunities for challenges and fun with your friends as well. While it doesn’t quite get to the level of being amazing, to its credit the action it does offer up is fun in a grindy sort of way and regular upgrades help entice you to play another round or two to find out what may be next and how it could shake up your strategy and play to keep things a bit more fresh.
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