Afterpulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

Afterpulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

An electromagnetic pulse has changed everything. The balance of power is unstable. World leaders are deploying elite squads. It is time to choose: restore peace or ignite the largest conflict war in history.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.7GB download size.
  • Opening tutorial section.
  • 3rd person shooter gameplay.
  • Link to Afterpulse account (free) to use your save on other devices.
  • Full touchscreen support.
  • Cool chest opening animation. Can be skipped.
  • Gear/equipment has a rating of 1 to 7 stars.
  • Gear has buffs attached to them like better ammo consumption or better bullet resistance etc, sets can be made for bigger and better buffs.
  • Upgrades-level up guns with materials, evolve weapons and dismantle gear for materials.
  • Two currencies-coins are earned in-game with gold bars the premium (real cash) currency.
  • Daily login rewards.
  • Daily/training/skill tasks for rewards.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Full load-out management.
  • Multiplayer has a rotation for modes and types like ranked and unranked.
  • Battle pass style unlocks that works like seasons.
  • Can see players network rating.
  • Training-pick a map and play against Ai. Exp goes towards your rank but not battle pass.
  • Earn crates from leveling up and battle pass.
  • Buy exp boosters with in-game currency.
  • Upon death you can see who killed you and how.
  • Five face models to use and can change whenever.
  • Squad support-invite friends.
  • Text chat.

Afterpulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

Cons:

  • The Afterpulse account link is unskippable and is a skanky way to get your email.
  • Only one control layout and no way to rebound.
  • Only a set amount of loadout slots then you have to pay for more.
  • Menus are slow to navigate.
  • Training mode is not explained as to what it’s all about.
  • No female characters.
  • You have to rank up to unlock maps in training.
  • Random software crashes.
  • Long loading times.
  • Basic gunplay.
  • In-app purchases.
  • Only text chat.

Afterpulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

Afterpulse can be seen as a simple shooter but it plays so well that it doesn’t really matter if you want to just shoot dudes and get cool guns and gun skins as you do it then Afterpulse is for you. They put the modes on a rotation meaning it doesn’t feel stale and they are doing seasons with a battle pass style system for cool limited unlocks. The loading/connection times are bad and I always get at least one forced close error a session but it is a game that plays well and looks great when it’s going. Would like to have seen more variation or a better menu system along with higher player counts but even without it has a lot going for it and they do a good job of making the game feel like a complete game instead of a freemium title with a few unlocks. Overall Afterpulse is a good shooter to have on your handheld, it’s light on modes but heavy on unlocks and fantastic to control.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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