Review: Effie (Steam)

Pros:

  • Bright colorful graphics.
  • 7158mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Can rebind the keyboard.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Graphics-Display/resolution/frame rate/v-sync/motion blur/global quality/post processing/shadow/texture/view distance/view effects.
  • Strong voice work.
  • 3D action gameplay.
  • Solid responsive controls.
  • Full of character and humor.
  • The opening area acts as a tutorial.
  • Runes-collect shards to fill your bar and level up to increase your powers and stats.
  • Shield-weapon, block attacks and surf the land!
  • Open world style traversal.
  • Big boss fights.
  • The gameplay is a combination of platforms, puzzles, and combat.
  • Unlock new skills and abilities as you play.
  • The somewhat open approach so you can play how you want.

Cons:

  • Mouse cursor stays even when you are using a controller.
  • Can’t rebind the controller.
  • Unskippable cutscenes.
  • Checkpoints are far apart.
  • Loading time after death is a long one.
  • A lot of one-hit kill scenarios.
  • Collecting runestones gets boring as it takes so many to level up and with that, the screen is full of them, it’s just a bit empty feeling.
  • Combat feels a bit sloppy at times.
  • Tedious set pieces.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

I enjoyed my time with Effie, despite sounding like a posh way to swear, the game is a fast-paced 3D action romp that I liken to the olden day versions of the genre. Wide-open worlds, a cool way to travel around, in this case, a shield. Combat is simple with minor complaints. Puzzles make up the bulk of the game and are very Tomb Raider in their execution. It may take a few attempts but they are decent. For me, the set pieces with one-hit deaths bugged me the most. Couple that with distant checkpoints and long respawn times make it all very tedious and stressful. Fortunately, these are not as common so you can concentrate on the fun parts. Despite being a current modern game, it gives off old school vibes and a sense of fun, outside of the puzzles it really is a lot of fun thanks to your shield. In closing, I can say Effie is a fun if slightly flawed experience and when it’s good it’s really good but when it’s bad it’s infuriating.

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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