July 6, 2022

Guts And Glory – Xbox One Review

We find ourselves at a rather unfamiliar setting today where the sun is shining, the skies are clear and there’s a somewhat peaceful aura about the environment.

I’ll be honest here and say this is hardly the description that fills us full of hype and anticipation for a new game is it? However, things are about to upset this idyllic applecart in ways you couldn’t even imagine.

There will be guns, there will be bloodshed, there will be lost limbs and there will be heavy bouts of gamer rage – welcome to the wonderful world of Guts And Glory.

Your path to progression is simple, get from point A to point B and that’s it; but you didn’t think it would be that easy now did you?

Along this path you’ll encounter some items you’ll have heard of ranging from cutting discs, cannon balls, land mines and various gyrating implements of misery to spice things up.

This will sound a tad sadistic of me but it’s not that bad when one of these tools of death hits you, I found myself giving huge belly laughs when various limbs flew off, or a family member left the vehicle in a less than conservative fashion.

The game is broken down into various chapters with a slight story behind each one, to me the story doesn’t really impact the game so much as we’re here for the carnage and the laughter.

Work your way through each chapter section until completed for 100% satisfaction, you can skip levels but there’s no fun it that – it is tempting at times but persistence is key even if you want to throw your controller into the middle of next week.

For no particular reason, I found the Yang Family chapter to be the most enjoyable but also the most infuriating. My tip is to learn from your mistakes as doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity (as said best by Vaas in Far Cry 3).

In terms of your controls for the game, they are nice and easy here. You can accelerate, brake, turn and use a turbo boost – a refreshingly simple set of controls that I prefer over remembering 10+ buttons. As mentioned just above, you need to navigate your way around a set course and make it to the finish point (in one piece if possible is preferred).

If you’re after a game that will harness the processing power of your console, this is not what you’re looking for. The graphics are by no means terrible, if anything they suit the vibe and theme of the game perfectly – just don’t expect breath taking views and insanely detailed characters. Don’t get me wrong, the environments are varied and have the right amount of detail to suck you into the bizarre genre set out in front of you.

The game sounds and music follow a similar theme, nothing to set the world into a hype fuelled frenzy but they work perfectly within the game. I’ll be honest and changed the settings for my personal enhancement, sound effects went to max so each bone crunch and weapon impact was clear for me to unleash the belly laugh to full potential.

You will be put to the test here as not only will your ability to dodge be tested, some of the courses will test your driving and traversing skills to the limit. I’m not one for giving away spoilers but when you reach the last level of the Yang Family Vacation, you’ll experience a level of rage very few have come back from.

The one thing that does balance out the serious side of Guts And Glory is the gruesome way you crash out. Not content with a simple stop and restart, you’ll find yourself laughing and sometimes even crashing on purpose for the sheer comedy factor it brings (or maybe that’s just me, who knows).

You’ll have numerous limbs flying off in varied directions, family members flying out of the car, cannon balls fired directly into your shirt pocket and more arrows heading your way than the Spartans had in 300.

Obviously you’ll need to navigate around such obstacles and reach your finishing point, some tracks are relatively easy but others will get on every single nerve you have.

As for your vehicles here you are treated to some weird and wonderful to say the very least, you have your basic cars and bikes but this game deserves more than just the normal transport methods. You’ll also be riding in contraptions such as a rocket chair, a hover board similar to Marty McFly’s and a rather unorthodox quad bike.

Each vehicle has it’s strengths and weaknesses, try them all out and find what suits your style. There are some levels that can only be completed by specific vehicles such as the flying levels, you are told of this when the level begins though.

I stuck to the basics and completed each chapter with the designated character, just felt like the right thing to do for me but you’re free to pick and choose as you see fit.

So basically to summarise my experience of Guts And Glory, I absolutely loved it from start to finish (even with the intense rage that it summoned up inside me). It was fun, testing, sadistic and also hilarious all at the same time.

It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea though, some will say it’s just plain stupid or pointless. I know that’s not a positive thing to say in a review but that’s just the way it is, my advice is this: It’s amazing and I can not rate it enough! The rollercoaster ride it gives you will reach the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but I still love it and there’s nothing anyone can say to change my mind. If you’re still unsure then here’s a handy little trailer for you to see, I still say go and get it though:

Guts and Glory is available now on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux. Please check your preferred supplier for pricing and details.


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Summary

Guts and Glory is what it is, a 100% fun game to pick up and play as much as you want. I totally got the vibe it went for and can not give it enough praise, I advise you to take the plunge and buy it – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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