Review: Jydge (PS4)

Review: Jydge (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC, Mac

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Jydge
Format: PSN (361 MB)
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: 10tons Ltd.
Developer: 10tons Ltd.
Original MSRP: $14.99 (US), €14.99 (EU), £11.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 18
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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10tons have made some nice games with the likes of Tennis in the Face, Crimsonland, Neon Chrome, and the recent Time Recoil. Now, the developers have turned their attention to unleashing some justice in another top-down shooter.

My spell checker and editor extraordinaire (we call him Josh) is going hyte checking this review because 10tons had some fun with their spellings and as you can see, I’m going to do it occasionally too.

Gameplay:
Jydge is a strange name for a good game. The first mission is situated at a small house on the edge of a cliff. There are a few people being held hostage as their place is ransacked. I go for the nearest window and shoot a man pointing a gun at a cowering civilian, it was a clean kill and I move on through the house taking out bad guys and freeing more hostages.

There’s a Judge Dredd theme running through the game and the developers at 10tons inject their own playful and sometimes silly twist on the judge, jury, and executioner amalgamation. I enjoyed the light-hearted approach to the mission-based game. Although not all of the word plays work as intended.

If you fail a mission it counts as a mistrial but success mean the sentence has been executed or as the game calls it, Sentence Execyted. I’m not quite sure why U’s have become Y’s but most of them are in this game, so you better deal with it. It probably has something to do with avoiding a lawsuit. EDITOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t really explain your turning an ‘a’ into a ‘y’ up above. Jyst sayin’…

There are three medals for each mission and you don’t have to get them in one attempt, some might be easier later on when the gun and Cyberware have been upgraded. Cyberware are additions to the Jydge and could be anything from better armor to one of my favorites, Electrocyte, which automatically zaps nearby criminals with a fatal burst of electricity.

The weapon of choice is called a Gavel and it can be modded and upgraded to allow a plethora of firing modes. The standard bullets are cool but the Lasyr is more fun as it bounces off walls. One weapon mod stops civilians being hurt by weapon fire, although they’ll still get hurt by some of the bigger projectiles.

Any loot boxes and colored doors you’ve opened remain that way, even if you fail the mission. The confiscated cash from the boxes go toward buying the absurd amount of upgrades and mods, the doors allow quicker and easier access to the various areas.

After unlocking the second act you have access to the hardcore mode for each and every mission, which also comes with another set of medals. More medals mean you can unlock more upgrades and more missions.

The devs mix up the formula every so often by making one or more missions a frantic timed survival against waves of bad guys. I wasn’t all that keen on this occasional detour but it was still fun and involved a modicum of strategy as I still had to get back to the safety of the car once the required time had lapsed.

Pay attention to the hints on the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them loading screens, I didn’t know until much later on that I can hold down the melee attack for a supercharged strike. Killing a named and much tougher enemy permanently removes them from the mission. It’s little juicy bits of information like that which makes this game so moreish.

Visuals:
Anyone who played Neon Chrome will be familiar with the look and style of this game but this title definitely looks better and the levels hold more variety and detail. Just like in the older games, I can destroy thin walls and even shoot through them with the right modification.

Hiding in the shadows and picking off enemies when they are out of earshot from their accomplices is one way of playing the game. It’s also great fun to blow up equipment and walls, causing mayhem and panic in your wake along with gallons of blood and shrapnel.

Audio:
There is a story lurking in the depths of this Neon Chrome world and it makes Jydge even more compelling and fun. The narrative is explained with quick and simplistic cutscenes and personally I feel it just delays the awesome free-form action and carnage, but others might like it.

The music and sound effects are nice, with the feeling of a classic action game or movie you’ll want to hear the ensuing carnage. The name of the track appears as the mission begins and there is an eclectic mix of tunes.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component, or so I thought. It was only recently when I happened to glance in the bottom-right of the screen and noticed the option to Co-Jydge. I grabbed the wife and a controller and we had a blast. It was great fun until she was mercilessly gunned down by a thug who cowardly shot her in the back. Sadly I could not revive her and had to finish the mission on my own.

Conclusion:
I really enjoyed playing Jydge and the unexpected delight of co-op is great and makes an already fun game even better. It will take a long time to get all of the medals and even unlock some of the crazier mods and upgrades.

This has to be my favorite game from 10tons and well worth every cent. Plus, it’s one of the few games that I wouldn’t mind trying to attain the shiny Platinum Trophy. Although the Doom-esque difficulties might put me off eventually.

Jydge isn’t just fun, it’s 90’s fun. The absurdity of Robocop and Judge Dredd are combined with a truckload of mods and upgrades to suit every whim. The controls are great and the game is extremely rewarding and challenging. Don’t waste any more time, get this game.

Score:
8.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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