Nefarious rating. Xbox One.


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 

Genre: Action/Platformer 

Release Date (Xbox One): September 14, 2018

Price: £11.99/$14.99ss_73262c2f4f0c6fbcfd81864b738dae9217a793bf.600x338

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