A fresh take on the old-school first-person shooter infused with color, comedy, and generally smart gameplay
Having played first-person shooters since the early days of the original Doom and its contemporaries it can sometimes be hard not to get a bit jaded with the genre. In particular in the indie space, titles going with more of the old-school look have tended to disappoint, feeling like they opted for the retro style to try to distract from lackadaisical gameplay. Fashion Police Squad is thankfully different, taking the familiar style of play and many tropes around the genre and turning it all on its head with an often silly but stylish panache. Rather than running around and gunning down your enemies, in Fashion Police Squad you’re on a mission of mercy. Whether looking to give bland suits some color, tighten or pull up baggy clothes, or deal with a number of other hideous trends, your weapons of choice are unusual to say the least. The thing is, for pretty much every odd fashion criminal you’ll run into there’s a very specific weapon you’ll need to deal with them. In particular later on when you’ll hit groups of mixed enemies this makes for a pretty good challenge as you’ll need the right tools equipped to deal with each type of enemy. Throw in some odd and unique boss fights, plenty of humorous dialogue, and far more flavor than you’d ever normally encounter in the genre, this may not be a game for everyone but if you’re willing to give it some time it really is unique and quite a lot of fun.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.1]