While it absolutely punches a bit beyond its budget-priced class, and has a fresh feel, the very political leaning it has could be troublesome
Hoo boy, the moment I loaded this up and the rants on mask wearing started I knew that this game could potentially be a hard sell. It isn’t that I disagree with at least the importance of trying to make an effort to keep yourself and the people around you safe using things like masks, but no matter what side of the fence you were on during the pandemic my real difficulty here is this feels like a game coming to the market well over a year too late. That makes the message more often feel like re-opening wounds and bringing you back to a time most people would prefer not to remain stuck in, and that in turn makes the fun of the actual gameplay suffer a bit. The shame here is that in terms of look and feel Pulling No Punches does a decent job of distinguishing itself. By no means would it be competing for the genre crown on the Switch, but for the price it’s certainly a bit better than average where overall quality per dollar is concerned. I’m not going to lie though, the political edge to this experience may absolutely hit you right and add to your enjoyment, but for me that edge was overbearing to the point that it felt pretty cringy.
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