It’s been a while since we’ve had a true Turrican, Contra and Metal Slug challenger on the Xbox, so we’re eager to give Titanium Hound a whirl. This is a run-and-gunner that mixes some nostalgic touches with more unusual additions like progression and large-scale puzzles.
Already on PC through Steam and now also on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, it imagines a dark and not-too-distant future where teleportation has been invented, but using the technology causes large biological matter to warp and become abominations. You’d think that humanity would swiftly put the teleportation tech into a drawer somewhere and forget about it, but no: gangs are using these abominations to fight battles in the city, and you’re in the centre of it.
You play a cop, installed in a mech to bring down some zombie perps. The mech gives you multi-directional firepower, which you will need against some hulking great bosses. It’s also helpful to complete some gun-based puzzles and waves upon waves of enemies.
There’s a deep progression system here too, as you unlock equipment that can be socketed into your mech, allowing you to tear through levels in your preferred manner. We’re hoping that Titanium Hound manages to modernise some of our favourite games. We’re quite up for a modern-day Cybernator.
Titanium Hound is getting a review incredibly soon. For now, head to the Xbox Store and pick up an Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S version of the game. It’s also on PlayStation, Switch and PC through Steam. £12.49 is the asking price from the Xbox Store – expect similar elsewhere.
Dark and not so distant future. Scientific breakthrough led to usage of microbe colonies as power sources in all aspects of life. Corporations that control these living batteries development and production became very weightful political powers in the world. Crime, inequality and corruption under their influence reached levels unimaginable before. In attempt to take this chaos under control governments reorganized their police forces and boosted them with top notch military gear. Titanium Hound is cutting edge manned complex designed to resolve very difficult situatiuons in urban conditions. Teleportation technology was the key to creating the power generating bacteria. Only non-organic objects remain the same during teleportation, but organic materials are completely different story regardless of how large they are. Through the teleportation process the first living batteries came to life, but in fear of unpredictable mutations any further teleportation of organic materials were declared illegal. Unfortunately, law wasn’t enough to stop the obuse of this technology completely. Often referred to as Zombies, the abominations are result of pulling large organic beings through a teleportation device. There is only one way to survive in this merciless world – join a group that possess enough power on at least local level. This can be a corporation, a government, or a gang. But either way, you and the ones you side with won’t be able to rely just on guns and physical capabilities. All organized groups use various gadgets and global network to defend themselves and attack their rivals. Drones of different sizes and outfits often come to play when it’s too risky to handle business in person. Lethal machinery of all kinds serve to those who know cyber security protocols better and have more resources at their disposal. You are Titanium Hound pilot and a kind of cop who wants to protect and serve, helping commoners who were unlucky to get in the middle of gang wars. Abominations, hacked drones and crazed gangsters are just the tip of the iceberg you are trying to break down without full understanding the scope of the problem. You are prepared much better than any regular police unit, but even so your hands are often tied, especially when it comes to questioning corporate regulations.