While it is a visual and aural feast, dripping with style, mechanically as a game it unfortunately struggles
Especially with indies there’s a somewhat unique opportunity to take chances and do things that are unexpected. Genesis Noir really capitalizes on that notion, and while in terms of gameplay things are much more inconsistent and iffy it absolutely delivers a unique vision. While its art style may be a bit minimalist, that doesn’t make its imagery any less fascinating, and when you pair that with its pretty sweet jazz-heavy soundtrack it really comes together quite nicely. Now, when you’re actually looking to “play” and not just enjoy or consume the experience? Yeah, that’s a bit hit or miss at best much of the time. Between concepts that don’t translate well into gameplay, controls and execution that can be spotty, and simple actions that aren’t well-suited to the use of a controller it isn’t all positives. All that said, if you’re looking for something that oozes style, doesn’t linger too terribly long, and is unique without question this is an interesting option to have available.
Justin Nation, Score: