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Not A Hero Review

February 22nd, 2016 by

hero 001Not a Hero takes the simple rinse and repeat formula of many favourite games and then forces it to snort a couple of lines of cocaine whilst turning the fun and insanity levels up to the nth degree.

You work for a crude purple bunny called Bunnylord (well, what else could you call him?) who has travelled back in time in order to be elected as mayor so he can save the world. A little Fisky, his methods are questionable but his words of encouragement in the briefing room are often hilarious.

Gang caused anarchy, humour as British as a Union Jack Dress and neon lights are all wrapped up into a neat little bundle where the puzzles are easy enough when the lightbulb clicks on whilst you are sitting at work but challenging enough to have you cursing the game whilst sitting in front of your console all the while being littered with enough comedy jabs to keep you giggling like a Wannabe schoolgirl.

Not a Hero is a 2D cover based shooter that quickly forces you to train your brain to constantly evaluate your surroundings and plan your attack on the go; there are no walls to hide behind instead you utilise the shadows of the doorway or wall to minimise the chance of being shot. All with the simple tap of the X button. However if that tap is just a little bit too long or hard your deft dive into the shadows will turn into a floor slide hurtling towards your enemies.

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There are tons of ammo and explosive types that you can utilise and a small clap of appreciation should really be directed towards Roll7 for incorporating intelligence into the solutions that mean that the most obvious solution is not always the best or fastest.

Each level has challenges, speed being one of them, that alter how much of the game you actually complete and, with nine unlockable characters and four possible endings, you will coming back constantly just to get that extra challenge completed resulting in more to do and more challenges to complete.

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Not a Hero pulls no punches on violence or humour for that matter and many people will liken it to Super Meat Boy for its ability to constantly drag you in for another go despite how difficult some sections can actually be. Roll7 have created a solid title. One that you will throw on when you want to do some mindless shooting. If this had been released two months ago we would have a been talking about a challenger to Rocket League for Indie Game of the Year.

Midlife Gamer Rating: 8.5/10              Format:    PlayStation 4 / PC  Release Date: Out Now

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a copy of Not A Hero for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one week. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.

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