Slick and stylish
Anyone with a hankering for some old-school platforming action that brings to mind Metal Slug
or Bionic Commando
would be well advised to check out this little game. It's not going to last you forever, and it does suffer a little from being a port from the Nintendo 3DS but it manages to be an entertaining little romp that has a lot of appeal. You take control of the Entity, a being which can shift between realities at will. It's your job to defend the Typhon Cluster from invading hostiles and which translates into a classic side-scrolling platform action game. Your ability to shift between realities allows you to make impossible leaps across platforms, appear behind enemies and gun them down or dart through their fire like you're Neo on an awesome day. Elements such as fire, water wind and anti-gravity also get thrown into the mix to keep you on your toes, while you can even play the game with a friend, as each of you controls the character when you shift between realities. For the most part, this is a pretty slick little game. The action is fast and frenetic with all the clever and exciting gunplay you could hope and it does a great job of bringing back memories of yesteryear. The controls are tight and responsive while the visuals are fairly simple but quite stylish with their neon-drenched levels and cool characters. The main gameplay mechanic brings something genuinely different to proceedings and the only real issues are the short length and the restricted screen size. Apart from this though, Fractured Soul is a good time.