Intrusion 2 takes place on a reserve planet occupied by hostile military corporation conducting forbidden weapon research, and you have to kill them all. There is no storyline in the game, but it doesn’t need it, all you need to do is shoot and kill every enemy you see!
You start off with a simple pistol, but later on you find a variation of weapons, going from a machine gun to a rail gun, that crosses the whole screen! And you’re going to need all the weapons and ammo you are going to find, since the levels are packed with enemies.
The levels are dynamic, interactive objects are everywhere through out the game. You can use these objects to your advantage, but beware. The enemy has no remorse, using them for their own advantage, like using a crate as cover or even throwing a crate at you! The dynamic level design ads that you need to think how to use certain objects to your advantage, because at times you just get bombed and need to use objects to protect yourself.
The game uses a health bar, so it’s not 1 hit kill like Contra or Metal Slug. There are health pickups through the level that can be found in crates and random locations, and you’re really searching for those health pickups because a few hits, depending on the sort of projectile you hit, can kill you.
Now the enemies, the enemies are DEADLY and there aren’t just simple marines that want to shoot you with their submachine gun, no. We have robots that have unique designs and special attacks and movement, you can’t just stand still, you need to keep moving because even if you make one mistake, it can kill you.
Something that was known in Metal Slug was the possibility to get in a tank, Intrusion 2 has this as well, but we aren’t talking about tanks in Intrusion 2. You can control a wolf, thats right a wolf that eats everyone he meets on his path… And a robotic suit that is equipped with either a rocket launcher or a grappling hook ,that is used to get up high places or pick up objects and throw them against your enemies!
But… The best part of this game are the boss battles. They are challenging and really have an unique design when it comes to their abilities. They require some trial and error to know their patterns, but after figuring that out, they still are a challenge, and this is because of the dynamic design of the game, every boss fight has objects lying around on the platform you’re fighting on and that sometimes really work to your disadvantage, think of getting stuck or the boss blocking projectiles by a object, so you are unable to hit the boss. The fights are lengthy as well, its not a boss you kill in 1-2 minutes. Some boss battles are 10 minutes long, depending on the difficulty you play, so for 10 minutes you need to focus on the objects lying around, dodge projectiles, follow their pattern and pay attention on your HP.
As for the abilities I mentioned before, I found this the most refreshing of them all, we all know the basic abilities most boss battles have in this genre, Intrusion 2 has some new abilities added that are well thought-out! I’m not spoiling those abilities, it’s for you to find out!
This game amazed me in each of its aspects. I have been a HUGE Metal Slug fan for years, spending money in the arcade, trying to achieve a high-score. Intrusion 2 brings the same feeling, but in another environment. If you like the action-platform genre, this is a MUST have.