- The gameplay has an easy to pick up and play style and this makes the gameplay both fun and very addictive at the same time for a brief amount of time.
- Whilst the presentation side of the game lacks in terms of polish I actually found both the visuals and sound design to be quite charming in a weird way.
- There is a decent selection of maps for you to sink your teeth into and the best thing is that there’s quite a bit of variety in these maps.
- I was actually quite impressed with the physics in the game because they haven’t been done bad at all.
- Unfortunately the game suffers with a few technichal issues every now and then and these can be pretty frustrating to say the least.
- The controls in the game can be an absolute nightmare at times because they never seem to do what you want them to do.
- When played for long periods the game can become repetetive quite quickly so I would recommend playing the game in short bursts.
- I was expecting a little more in terms of content because there isn’t really much here.
All in all I first saw Guts and Glory when I watched my friend play it on PC and despite it having a few teething problems here and there it did look like a game that carried with it quite a bit of fun. As you can imagine then I did have some interest in the Xbox One version and after playing it for a while it’s clear that it does have some enjoyable moments present, but unfortunately it also has a few problems present as well which in the end stop the game from reaching its full potential. That being said at first the game can be really fun and the easy to pick up and play style that’s been implemented means you can jump into the action straight away. At first I did become a little bit addicted but after a short while it’s clear that this game is best enjoyed when played in short bursts because it can get repetetive quite quickly when played for long periods. Another problem the game delivers to you when played for long periods is technical issues. Granted most of the technical issues are quite small and only happen every now and then but when they all combine together it can harm the fun factor quite considerably. Thankfully though I was just about able to look past these issues and when I did I realised that the physics that have been implemented in the game are actually pretty decent. Unfortunately the controls that accompany these physics are not as good. Throughout my time with the game I never really felt truly comfortable with the controls because they never seemed to do what I wanted them to do which did cause me to have quite a few frustrating moments. When the controls did perform well though I did have quite a bit of fun and you’ll be pleased to know that there are a decent amount of maps for you to race and ultimately have an horrific death on. Despite there being quite a few maps available to you as far as content is concerned the game doesn’t have a huge amount for you to get to grips with which means in terms of replayability there isn’t a great deal, which is a shame. One of my favourite things about the game was its presentation. Don’t get me wrong it does lack polish in some areas but in a way I think this made both the visuals and sound design have quite a bit of charm packed into them. At the end of the day Guts and Glory is game that’s perfect to play for a quick 30 minutes here and there because if played for longer the game’s shortcomings become a lot more noticeable. That being said despite its shortcomings it probably just does enough to get a very small recommendation from me.
I rate Guts and Glory 6/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Hak Jak
Release Date (Xbox One): July 19, 2018