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Radical Heights Reaches Heights on Twitch

Another day, another Battle Royale game in a lineup of seemingly endless titles within the genre. The newest multiplayer survival game, Radical Heights by Bosskey Productions, may seem like the usual BR game just like what we’ve seen nowadays in a pool filled with developers thinking of a righteous way on how to dethrone the big names — Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and get a high statistics of daily player activity for their multiplayer game with an oversaturated concept.

However, as of April 11, 2018, Radical Heights has been seen with a quite large amount of viewers with a total of over 25,000. Not bad considering its lack of promotions before its release and the sudden announcement. Of course, with my utmost curiosity, I headed down into the game category to see who was leading the overall amount of audience – a familiar face in the PUBG category: Grimmmz, who currently resides as the 75th in the category of most followers on Twitch with 816,828, according to SocialBlade.

Grimmmz is popular for his PUBG games but has been around in the battle royale scene before it even became mainstream. He has been streaming as early as the H1Z1 and The Culling days, showing off skillful moves and tactical wins in which he would carry on to PUBG when it came out back on March 23, 2017. With the constant rise of the battle royale genre, he himself was carried on by the trend, exposing his natural virtual survival skills on the field. He may not talk much, but his smart planning and wise gaming earned him so many followers in his hands.

When Radical Heights was released on Early Access on the 11th of April, he was one of the first to pick it up. His verdict on the game?

“It has good stuff in it. But it’s just really unfinished at the moment. Great music though.”

There wasn’t anything really memorable about his 9-hour live stream of the game, but it definitely had some buggy yet funny moments. First of all, just like he said, it definitely looks very unfinished. Take note that game was only developed for 5 months and is still going to be polished as the days go by. Jumping into his stream, I have been met with him being on the rooftop of a convenience store, taking cover behind the wall and proning—which by the way the animation looks pretty clunky and even clipping as seen in this image.

The premise of the game is being a colorful 80s TV game show trope but with a tongue-in-cheek level of violence and murder. I’ll be honest, even if the game looks really jagged on its current condition, you just have to give kudos to the music department. In fact, you can say Radical Heights is like an homage to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Hotline Miami with a mix of Monday Night Combat.

Just like what I have mentioned in my previous article about the release of Radical Heights, this is a battle royale but with extreme sports, and ATM machines. Yes, you have BMX and skates as transportation instead of the usual vehicles and again, ATMs—which makes this have an identity versus other battle royale games.

The ATM system is pretty simple: You kill an enemy, you earn bucks. You smash up cash registers, you get money. As long as you live, you have to make sure you bank the cash to a nearby ATM. Depositing the money will ensure you some coverage on the next game or on tight situations where you have to go to some sort of raffle draws scattered throughout the game with the audience chanting, “SPIN TO WIN! SPIN TO WIN!”. Think of the raffle draws like some sort of the treasure chests in Fortnite—but you need cash to activate it.

Die with undeposited money and you lose portions of it. Have you played Grand Theft Auto Online? It works just like that—you walk around with money in your pocket without depositing in the ATM and you get killed, you lose a chunk of dollars. The same mechanics apply in Radical Heights.

Another interesting feature in the game is a different kind of safe zone on the map. While games like Fortnite and PUBG have the safe zone circle and dangerous red zones, Radical Heights safe and deadly areas are presented as grids, as seen on the upper right hand. Every few minutes, it randomly changes from red to clear, clear to yellow, yellow to red or vice versa, but the map still shrinks.

Cargo supplies are replaced with gift boxes that are dropped randomly from the dome’s giant cranes. Is there anything else different about it? Not really. Just the usual loot.

So far, the game looks quite enjoyable to play. It may not have superb graphics, great gun sounds or even smooth player animations, but the color theme, 80s cliché references and an epic kind of music, Cliff “CliffyB” Bleszinki, the mastermind behind this, may have a shot on winning the hearts of multiplayer gamers this time after the disappointing result of LawBreakers.

Radical Heights is up and running right now on Steam for free.

Here are some more antics and 80s references during the stream: