David’s 30 Platinum Trophies Before Turning 30
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: As close to perfection as one can get.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5: Excellence incarnate.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Amazing experience.
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5: Good game.
⭐️⭐️⭐️: Fun enough to be worth your time.
⭐️⭐️.5: Missed the mark in a considerable amount of elements.
⭐️⭐️: A trudge towards progress/completion.
⭐️.5: A great deal of regrets playing this.
⭐️: Truly disappointing.
.5: Kudos to anyone with a shred of bother.
The above rating descriptions pertain strictly to the overall rating after taking into consideration the elements below, for which I’ll still employ a five-point rating to get an average afterwards.
Graphics: 4.5 - Colors everywhere! A mesmerizing side scroller that is filled to the brim with wonder. At certain points, it does get a bit garish, as if a hundred party poppers were blasting like cannons into your face.
Gameplay: 2.5 - It’s highly story-driven, so the legwork is really just you moving the story forward. I can see how it can be boring and repetitive for some, especially when it feels too much having to press one button to make the environment come alive. Even the rhythm aspect is a bit lacking; it’s quite nice for the first few times, but it feels like there could have been more to it since that’s the direction the game clearly wants to head with its main theme.
Audio: 3.5 - Similarly, shredding on your guitar is such a joy while the background reacts to it, but you’ll quickly hear it become too familiar as you progress. The accompanying score does a great job of complementing it, though.
Replay Value: 2 - There’s really not much to go back to except for cleaning up any missed achievements. I’m giving it a 2 because I do think that the worlds that the game presented deserve a second pass.
Story: 5 - It’s all over the place in the best way possible. From the humor to its main themes of identity and music, the game is a delightful romp through the psychedelically-induced visions of the wilderness that is rock and roll, and how that serves as the fulcrum which your protagonist finds itself in.
Overall: 3.5 - Artful in its own small, unique way.