Cobalt (video game)

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Cobalt
Cobalt game logo.png
Developer(s) Oxeye Game Studio
Publisher(s) Mojang[1]
Microsoft Studios[2]
Distributor(s) Steam
Composer(s) Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360[3]
Xbox One[3]
Release
  • WW: 2 February 2016[4]
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Cobalt is an action side-scrolling video game developed by Oxeye Game Studio and published by Mojang. It was released on 2 February 2016 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One consoles.

Gameplay[edit]

Game modes[edit]

Cobalt features 5 game modes:

  • Deathmatch: A type of game mode where various weapons and throwables are spawned across the map, which are to be picked up. Players can play free-for-all deathmatch, or with teams. Up to 8 players can play in a multiplayer match.
  • Team Strike: At the beginning of each round, players buy one of six classes, which each have certain advantages and disadvantages. Players then play in 4 vs. 4 eliminations. As soon as a team is eliminated, a new round begins. They can play in their character's current condition, repair their character, or sell it to get a new class. 8 players can participate in a multiplayer match.
  • Plug Slam: Like deathmatch, various weapons are placed on the map. A plug is placed in the middle of the map. The goal is for the player to get the plug into the opponent's goal.
  • Survival: At the beginning of a wave, players buy equipment, then must survive attacks, occasionally receiving objectives. Once a wave is over, players have the ability to upgrade their equipment.
  • Challenge: These are time-driven challenges which test players' ability in speed and combat.
    • Speed: Speed challenges are time-based and require players to pass through all checkpoints until they get to the end. Obstacles may be present, such as enemies and turrets.
    • Combat: Combat challenges are also time-based and have targets that players must kill. Their score increases by performing actions like saving prisoners and taking out optional enemies.

Players play as the main character, known as Cobalt. Some key mechanics of the game include bullet time, rolling (to deflect bullets) and punching which can deal damage and knock back explosives. All of which a player can combo together to produce an advanced level of play.

Development[edit]

Alpha[edit]

Cobalt was released in its alpha stage of development. Updates to subsequent versions of the game are free. The alpha version was initially solely available for the Windows operating system. A Mac OS X version was released on 27 June 2013,[5] however the game was re-announced as a Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive in Gamescom 2014.[6]

The alpha version's main goals are:

  • Local multiplayer
  • Introducing both the single-player and co-op Adventure mode
  • Introducing the level editor

Beta[edit]

Additional features are planned for the beta stage included a fully working level editor (and multiple editors), in-game level sharing between players, as well as the OS X and Linux ports of the game. Of these, the editors and the OS X port have been released during the alpha stage.

The Beta was never officially released as the game will leave Alpha on 2 February and be fully launched into its Gold version.

Gold[edit]

The final version of the game will include tools for sharing user-generated content, a complete main Adventure mode, and same computer multiplayer.

Xbox port[edit]

On 20 August 2013, a console port of Cobalt was announced during Microsoft's Xbox One event at Gamescom 2013. The game will be ported to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One by Fatshark.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC Xbox One
Destructoid 4/10[7] N/A
IGN N/A 4.5/10[8]
Polygon N/A 7/10[9]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 69/100[10] 66/100[11]

Cobalt received "mixed to average" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reilly, Jim (18 August 2011). "Minecraft Dev to Publish Cobalt". IGN. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Staff, Xbox Wire (4 August 2015). "gamescom 2015: Get Rolling with Cobalt". Xbox Wire. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Makuch, Eddie (20 August 2013). "Mojang's Cobalt coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One". GameSpot. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Makuch, Eddie (4 January 2016). "See Microsoft's 2016 Xbox One and PC Exclusive Games Lineup Here". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Kaplan, Daniel (27 June 2013). "Cobalt now got Mac support in v121!". Mojang. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (4 January 2016). "The Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusives due out in 2016". Eurogamer. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Nakamura, Darren (16 February 2016). "Review: Cobalt". Destructoid. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Petty, Jared (8 February 2016). "Cobalt Review". IGN. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  9. ^ France, Roman (15 February 2016). "Cobalt review". Polygon. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Cobalt for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Cobalt for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 

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