Review: My Friend Pedro (Steam)

My Friend Pedro

My Friend Pedro is a violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the behest of a sentient banana.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 3646mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • 3 difficulties-normal, hard and bananas.
  • Blood/gore-on/off.
  • Graphics options-resolution, fullscreen and quality preset.
  • Tutorial as you play.
  • Can rebind controller and keyboard.
  • Shooter gameplay.
  • Level select.
  • Sublime grimy soundtrack.
  • Combo counter.
  • Max Payne levels of slowdown shooting action.
  • End of a level breakdown showing the score, time, kills death and final overall rank.
  • Takes your best moment in a level and creates a gif that you can download or share to Twitter.
  • Looks and plays like an action film.
  • Puzzle elements
  • Visceral action, you feel every shot every hit.
  • Actions-duel wields, split shots (shoot two guys at once) flips, wall jumps, cover, dodge bullets and slow time.
  • Bite-sized levels.
  • Epic sequences and cutscenes.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Great humor throughout.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • Pick up ammo and health in the game.
  • Very easy to sit and binge.
  • Pop-ups like Wall kill or knife kill.
  • Fun to play.
  • Satisfying.
  • Amazing moments like kicking a knife I to someone’s head or kicking gasoline at a guy then shooting it to explode.

My Friend Pedro

Cons:

  • Minimal graphics options.
  • No voice work.
  • Kicking objects is awkward as you have to use the right stick to aim and a button to kick.
  • Easy to accidentally trigger a slowdown.
  • Difficult.
  • Saved gif always feels 50/50 if it actually caught your best moment.
  • Few clunky animations.
  • Sharp action direction change especially showcased when going from act 1 to act 2. Act 1 is all action and all shooting whereas act 2 has more puzzles and lever shooting than action.
  • The slowdown in places and happened every time I got an achievement.
  • Sometimes the way forward isn’t clear.
  • Box shards can block a clearly accessible shaft.

My Friend Pedro

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

If you ever wanted a game that makes you feel John Wick levels of a badass then my friend  Pedro is what you are looking for. It’s a non-stop assault on your eyes as you take down streams of bad guys with flips, wall jumps and slowdown kills! The split shot means you can lock onto one guy and shoot another meaning a lot of epic moments. This all takes place in a 2.5 murder factory. Every level is crafted in a way that you can seamlessly jump from kill to kill and look amazing for it. I adored the opening levels as you rip through enemies and use the environment to aid even more impactful kills. The game takes a sharp turn in act 2 mind as they introduce more puzzly stuff and tedious platform sections. It’s a shame and only dampens the fun a bit, I mean it does ruin it at first but like all games, you learn to adapt. I appreciate what the game is doing and whilst I would never go and replay the game in any way, I did, however, enjoy large parts of it immensely. The twitter integration is how you do social linking in games. My friend is Pedro is a fun non-stop roller-coaster of insane kills and fun.

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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