Review

Nintendo Switch – Metropolis: Lux Obscura #169

Hmmm to be honest this isn’t too terrible…

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Metropolis Lux Obscura – Nintendo Switch – Released: 4/4/18 – $7.99

Short Review (Review copy provided by Sometimes You)

Another short review… this will likely be the case for the majority of reviews while I am away since this were prepped a week or two prior to me leaving. I would give this game a 5 out of 10!

The icon is pretty accurate even though I am still not sure who she is:

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Story

You play as Jon Lockheart as you figure out who put you in jail and why. The game has four different endings and you will need to play the game multiple times to unlock all of them. Jon goes to Mr. Falcone for answers when he gets wrapped in to killing people and taking back money for him. Lockheart travels between different locations and people to find answers to what happened while he was in jail. He finds out that his ex-girlfriend has been sleeping around to stay safe under Mr. Falcone’s watch. Lockheart tries to save her from what is going on but is double crossed. Depending on the endings you will get different ways this plays out. 

Gameplay

The bulk of the game is played like a 3-match puzzle but between those scenes are pick a story events. During the level you will need to “fight” your opponent. You each have a health bar and if yours go to zero it is game over and if you defeat them you go to the next part of the story. Each of these fights have multiple types like punching, bottle hit, police badges, and health packs. Most of them just do some form of damage ranging from 1 to 2 points to up to 5-10 points worth of damage. If you line up more than 3 you will do slightly more damage or use a special. After completing a fight you will pick from four specials, these could be more damage, turning pieces into a different after you line up 4+, or healing more health. Most of these you do get to decide which to go to and not go to but sometimes it will only give you one path. Eventually you will find no more paths and have to restart the game to see when you went wrong. There are 4 endings, two are bad endings and the two are “good” endings. 

Personal Experience

The time spent with this game could have been cut in half if I didn’t have to restart the entire game to get the last two endings. It is a shame since I really enjoy 3-match puzzle games and the comic book cutscenes are great. The voice acting is a bit bad and some characters don’t fit what they look like. I know one of the characters is a skinny guy yet has a voice deeper than Terry Crews. Metropolis has great ideas but when I pause the game and resume then it desyncs the audio really annoys me. I could pause for a quick second or for a long time and the audio will be completely off. I’m not even sure what causes it since sometimes it is perfectly fine. 

Final Thoughts

Even though I am giving it a sub-average score, it is mainly for the lack of polish. The game has several gamebreaking bugs that ruins it completely. Is there any reason why I have to play through the entire game again just to get another ending? I get that it is for replay-ability but I should be able to just backtrack in the game to change what happened. I honestly wouldn’t mind if they removed most of the mature rated stuff and just had a comic book style story with a 3-match puzzle game. It is surprising how well this looks yet falls flat due to lack of polishing. I would give this game a 5 out of 10!

My Gameplay Footage:

Will upload once I get back from vacation!

Trailer:

 

End Credits

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