If you missed Furi when it was originally released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, have no fear- the Nintendo Switch port is just as solid and thanks to the console’s on the go functionality, it may, in fact, be the best version of the game to date. Nevertheless, while its hybrid action/beat-em-up gameplay is enjoyable, it may not be the best option for Switch gamers who prefer to take their console with them wherever they go.
A beat-em-up by nature, but with adventure and action elements spiced in, Furi has this almost cinematic story that centers on mystery, vengeance and redemption. We won’t spoil the story, but in terms of combat, Furi is engrossing, deep and challenging. Much like Mega Man and classic action adventures of the ‘80s, every boss in the game has a unique pattern. Because of this, button-mashing in Furi is out of the question. And as a result, if you’re not looking to get better, quicker and more skillful, the game can be difficult as hell.
But there’s a method to all of the madness. The story is all about freedom and every fight is one that is all about life and death. There is no escape. There is also no filler. No goombas or wasted fights, at all. Although linear because of this structure, it’s a unique way to tell a story and a tribute to some of the greatest action adventures of all-time.
In terms of the game’s small letdowns, the interlude between battles can be a drag. Simply put, your character walks entirely too slow and although this is where many of the small gaps in the story are filled in and are charismatic in their own way, many gamers will want to move to the next battle as soon as possible. For those looking for a game with a faster pace, these small segments of Furi will hurt its overall appeal and its on-the-go playability. Those who value the art of storytelling and a more melodic game pace, however, will applaud this intriguing narrative style.
In the end, the beautiful anime-inspired visuals, Mega Man-feeling boss scenes and sheer difficulty make Furi one of the most unique beat-em-ups available and an indie gem on the Nintendo Switch.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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