What I liked:
- I found some of the boss battles to be very exhilarating and when defeated I got a nice rewarding feeling, which is what you’d expect from a decent boss battle.
- The presentation side of the game has been done really well and the colourful visuals do a good job of making the levels stand out.
- Each level has a decent amount of variety present in them and that without a doubt keeps each level interesting and fun at the same time.
- Being the villain was a unique approach and the little bit of story was interesting even if the game didn’t last very long.
What I didn’t like:
- Unfortunately the game suffers with a few issues and the most annoying of these issues were the controls which never felt fully responsive throughout.
- In terms of content the game doesn’t have much at all and in the end the length of the game was just too short.
- The character and enemy designs were a little basic and nothing much stood out here unfortunately.
Does Nefarious do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all Nefarious has a style that’s a bit like the famous Mega Man series and whilst it’s far from perfect I actually enjoyed the game on the whole. One of the main reasons why I enjoyed the game so much is due to the fantastic level design that’s present. Each level is completely different and has a nice bit of detail included in them and when you combine that with the colourful visuals you end up having a fun an enjoyable time in each level. I also really enjoyed the boss battles as well because they did a great job of breaking up the usual gameplay and defeating them always felt rewarding. Despite these good aspects the game does suffer with a few shortcomings and without a doubt the game’s worst shortcoming is its controls. The controls don’t feel as tight and responsive as they should and this does cause you to experience quite a few frustrating moments along the way. That being said it thankfully gets more things right than it gets wrong and if you’re after a short platformer that offers you a fun experience then you can do far worse than Nefarious.
I rate Nefarious 7/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Stage Clear Studios/StarBlade
Publisher: Digerati Distribution
Release Date (Xbox One): September 14, 2018