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  • Summary: Start a rock band & end the EDM empire in NO STRAIGHT ROADS, a rockin' action-adventure that mashes together rhythm-infused third-person combat with a kick-ass soundtrack.

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Fight To The Beat In No Straight Roads | PAX West 2019
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 28, 2020
    80
    While the main levels of the game are not the most exciting, with gameplay that is often just good but not great, the boss battles are tons of fun, and the entire game just oozes style and substance. I had enough fun with those, and also just rocking out to the wonderful music, that I can mostly overlook the game’s minor gameplay stumbles. No Straight Roads is an excellent experience that I encourage any lover of both music and gaming to have a look at. It’s not flawless, but it’s a darned good time.
  2. Aug 24, 2020
    80
    No Straight Roads is one of 2020's most interesting, quietly ambitious games and a pretty straightforward recommendation for anyone who dreams of the Dreamcast days.
  3. Aug 25, 2020
    80
    No Straight Roads is an enjoyable romp through a weird world of colorful characters. It almost has a Psychonauts vibe to it, and not just due to the art style. NSR provides a cute adventure with some fun boss fights, but it doesn't redefine the genre or do anything extraordinary. If the in-between areas had been stronger, they might have elevated the game, but they don't currently detract from the experience. All in all, NSR is a charming title that is worth a look. As the developers say in the ending credits, "We like EDM too."
  4. Aug 25, 2020
    70
    My time in No Straight Roads was torn between true enjoyment and wanting to hurl my controller at the screen. Between camera issues, bugginess, and other weird little problems (especially in multiplayer mode), there’s enough to put a damper on the whole experience. However, The characters, bright futuristic world, imaginative boss battles, and excellent music act as wonderful antidotes. Once I eventually got into the groove, I found a really special and evocative musical experience in No Straight Roads. But I had to work pretty hard to get here. No Straight Roads asks a bit of its fans, but I’m glad I put the effort in and I’d gladly buy the t-shirt.
  5. Aug 31, 2020
    70
    You really need to play No Straight Roads. While the gameplay isn't amazing, the presentation is, and it's flawed in some truly interesting ways.
  6. Aug 25, 2020
    70
    Impeccable in its soundtrack, offering some inspired boss fights and really enjoyable to play, No Straight Roads is therefore convincing in its core proposition, except for a few readability concerns during more heavy clashes visually and soundly.
  7. Aug 31, 2020
    60
    The core game design of No Straight Roads attempts to synchronize action and music, but unfortunately it misses the mark. Also, a lack of clear explanation makes this a flawed action game as a whole. That being said, visuals heavily inspired by Japanese video games, amazing sound design and lovable characters give NSR the potential to become a cult classic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 9 out of 44
  1. Aug 26, 2020
    10
    Made in Malaysia by handsome chads, and mens of culture.

    Fun gameplay, good music, reminding us about good old days music theme games. Thumb
    Made in Malaysia by handsome chads, and mens of culture.

    Fun gameplay, good music, reminding us about good old days music theme games.
    Thumb up to Metronomik NSR.
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  2. Sep 1, 2020
    10
    Simply wonderful game... creative sparks of joy... team is open to fan feedback which is a huge plus. Has a good moral of the story, gameplaySimply wonderful game... creative sparks of joy... team is open to fan feedback which is a huge plus. Has a good moral of the story, gameplay is outstanding and simple enough to follow. Worth the money for the creativity alon... still can’t believe it was made by a small indie company... blows my mind! Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2020
    10
    I don't think this was made by Indie Developer, Alot of effort in the game like Visual, Gameplay, Music and Voice Acting. It's a plus forI don't think this was made by Indie Developer, Alot of effort in the game like Visual, Gameplay, Music and Voice Acting. It's a plus for adding minigame and it's a banger!! (DK WEST IS THE BEST!!). Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2020
    8
    The game is amazing as I expected , and I've been following the game's development since last year.
    This game is worth it's price and not to
    The game is amazing as I expected , and I've been following the game's development since last year.
    This game is worth it's price and not to mention it's available in all platforms too.

    It's not everyday you get to see and play an action based rythm game ,especially with a banger soundtrack , fun character designs in a vibrant, stylized world.

    The slightest con about this game is the minor bugs and glitches in the game that kind of made it uneasy for the players , like Yinu's fight, when I've played the demo, everything was well, however in the game release, the attacks seems inevitable.I hope the jumping and rolling mechanics can be fixed in the future.

    Overall, seeing this game flourished to the fans and the world makes my day. Thank you Sold Out and Metronomik
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  5. Sep 1, 2020
    8
    Fun, flashy hack n' slash with groovy tunes and a memorable cast. Gameplay falls a bit short of the bar set by the art, but that's not sayingFun, flashy hack n' slash with groovy tunes and a memorable cast. Gameplay falls a bit short of the bar set by the art, but that's not saying much- this game has style to spare. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2020
    7
    The gameplay might be a hit and miss with some, but the art direction and soundtrack is sublime. The writing is surprisingly good as well,The gameplay might be a hit and miss with some, but the art direction and soundtrack is sublime. The writing is surprisingly good as well, with some well crafted jokes and intriguing character backstories. Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2020
    0
    I really hope the developers take the time to fix all these gameplay issues because they are hard to justify given the $40 price point of thisI really hope the developers take the time to fix all these gameplay issues because they are hard to justify given the $40 price point of this game. Even without all these bugs, the price for the game is still questionable given the relatively short and unpolished gameplay.

    Some people are saying that this game is made by a small team but if you pay attention to the credits, there is at least 100 people and several studios involved in the making of this game. It's certainly not AAA but that is a MASSIVE budget for an indie game. Additionally, the Metronomik team has assistance from a big publisher and has also received the Epic Games exclusivity grant.

    With the amount of people involved as well as the pricing of the game, I feel that this game needs be compared with other action games of similar price points especially if games like Psychonauts ($20) and Child of Light ($15) are considered non-indie. I wouldn't mind paying $40 for this kind of game if the gameplay actually is good. But as it is right now, the lack of content and quality in NSR's gameplay makes it difficult to give this one a pass.
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