Review: Milanoir (PlayStation 4)

Hunt for the truth and escape the ones who are chasing you through an unforgiving city. Someone wants you dead: you have to use all your toughness to survive. Shoot, choke, sneak your way through the enemies and engage them in breathtaking car chases.

Pros:

  • Fine pixel art graphics.
  • 1.16GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Options- Crosshair speed, Aim assist strength and sensitivity slider.
  • Three difficulties- Normal, Hard and hardcore.
  • Cutscenes play out like a vignette.
  • Arena mode.
  • Gameplay is kind of like a mash of genres as you have free roam but aiming is done in an almost twin-stick shooter but not that fast, Instead of going more like a point and clicker.
  • Combat- You can lock onto enemies, Hide behind/in cover and melee attack.
  • Presented to you like an old-school film.
  • Two players local co-op support.
  • Really good animations.
  • Fun mechanics like shooting signs to shoot around corners.
  • Boss battles.
  • Decent set pieces.
  • Car chases do look awesome.
  • Ongoing tutorial pop-ups.
  • Nice world to walk around.
  • Decent story.
  • Constant checkpoints.

Cons:

  • FYI- Lot of swearing.
  • Driving sections are straight up tedious. Shooting never feels smooth or accurate or fun.
  • Shooting and driving at the same time with these shooting mechanics is a no.
  • Might get a lot of checkpoints but they are not all good ones.
  • Real slow burner.
  • Boss fights are just boring and basically, involve doing a particular skill over and over.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Sounds - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Fun Factor - 5/10
6.4/10

Summary

The game has so much style and eye candy from the gorgeous pixel art on offer top the lush vibrant locations. It has a strong story and some spectacular looking car chases and set pieces. All of this means nothing when you actually go to play it though as the game is a pain in the ass to play from awkward controls to a right dog’s dinner to the shooting. For what should be the highlight and most fun, Shooting from cars is the absolute worst, The game takes inspiration from some cult classic games but then goes over the top with trope after trope. I mean I just could not get fun from the game instead of getting annoyed at the controls or crap checkpoints. Hopefully, these can be ironed out because as is, You really need to retrain yourself in gaming to get through it.

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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