Shing! from developer Mass Creation is what they're calling a "beat 'em up 2.0", as it does away with button-bashing and replaces it with a new weapon control system.
"Experience the most exciting and immersive beat-em-up combat system ever – become a kickass ninja and slice some demons in style! Join a band of wisecracking warriors in a bloody adventure through the land of mythical monsters and mysterious machines."
The idea in Shing! is that (with a gamepad) you control the actual movement of your weapon with the right stick. Different movements release unique attacks, so you fling the stick in all sorts of directions. Not button mashing then, but stick swinging. Sounds amusing. They said it lets even beginners "perform awesome combo attacks". It's a great sounding spin on a classic genre.
- Play solo or with friends: 4 player local and online co-op with Steam Remote Play supported
- Experience immersive and intuitive controls: right analog stick controls your weapon giving you instant access to extensive moveset
- Enjoy gameplay that never gets old: master the multilayered combat, overcome clever enemies and face epic bosses
- Experiment with freestyle combat system: mix and match combos, switch characters on the fly and turn enemy abilities against them
We may have some thoughts up on at a later date, as the developer sent a key today.
You can buy Shing! on Steam.