Undeniably stylish combat mixes with a philosophical sci-fi narrative asking what it means to be human… or something like that
Just in case you haven’t explored sci-fi concepts revolving around humanity enough in movies, literature, and even other games, CRYMACHINA is here to throw you a mishmash of some more. Thankfully that’s interspersed with pretty intense combat brimming with visual flair and splendor, but for me it almost feels like two very different games because of that, and rather than ping ponging between those two extremes I’d rather have had 2 separate games that could have perhaps then been more satisfying in their own right. Really, since the story beats feel a bit over-explored, at least for someone my age who has consumed a load of sci-fi media in this vein, I had a hard time getting drawn in by it… and that just exacerbated the feeling that the wild but a bit mechanically middling combat could have benefitted from a bit more attention and refinement. I have no doubt this game has an audience, but it feels a bit niche given the asking price for an experience that’s a bit more style than substance when you take into account the competition.
Justin Nation, Score: