Ahem. Every so often a good, well-made game of any genre makes me want to wax poetic, so here you go, a rhyming (not “rappin'” as I can’t do that at all unless it’s leftovers that need storage in the fridge) review of quite a fine Switch game you need to buy (ASAP, as its really, really good). Yes, the (very) old Bad the Bard alter ego has resurfaced from the grave, so expect the following verse to be cringe-worthy at best. Very cringe-worthy, apologies in advance…
(Takes out invisible lute and busted Casio VL-10). Er, go watch this rather conveniently placed trailer while I warm up… I’ll be back below the jump.
(Thanks, Flying Tiger Entertainment!)
Heavy, The Burgered Barrel Lies
Peter Pepper packin’ heat
in Heavy Burger can’t be beat
In solo to four-player mode,
it’s fun at home or on the road
That price point there, it may seem scary
but trust me, folks – please don’t be wary!
The main game’s more than worth the cheese
You’ll play it much through lack of ease
Supremely tough chaotic madness
where losers will all feel sadness
“Just grab the loot, head to the bank!”
A simple task? More like a prank!
Both speed and top shots truly count –
but random chumps in great amount
along with objects causing woe,
the maps themselves are quite the foe!
Hilarious from the very start
as all involved play fierce their part
Persist through dying many times
and take 1st place (to arcade chimes)
For your tasked skills, rewards await,
Data East gems (they’re really great!)
Controls and looks, they do it right
The tunes do great through each new fight
Yet, even when you’ve had your fill
You’ll come right back to for cash and kill
So grab a friend (well up to three)
And share this twin-stick wizardry!
Yes, yes, your ears are bleeding. I have some ointment for that.
Anyway, a few important thing to note (other than the above poem being quite wretched) is the game suggests you play with a dual stick layout, but it also supports either one play or single Joy-Con play. You can adjust the difficulty (no enemies, some enemies, lots of enemies), select which arcade maps to visit and save your settings for future play. This allows players to set up things to be super easy or fantastically brutal as well as adding some major replay value. In other words, this game will likely be an eternal play stack dweller for those that dig it.
In short, this game is brilliantly executed, a *total* blast to play and yes, kudos to all involved for getting this out (somewhat quietly) on one of the biggest gaming days of 2018. Granted, I’m sure anyone playing a certain western-themed western game all around the globe isn’t coming up for air anytime soon. But for Nintendo Switch owners, this one’s a must-buy that has to be seen and played. Oh, you may want to take off your socks before you play, because they’re going to be blown off and fly across the room when you experience that first screen to screen transition.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my Burger. You’re going to want seconds (and thirds and so on) as well.
Score: A (95%)
-Review code provided by the publisher