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  • Summary: Build your JYDGE. Enter Edenbyrg. Get out alive.

    JYDGE is a lawful but awful roguehate top-down shooter where you get to build your own cybernetic JYDGE and eradicate crime in the never-sleeping megacity of Edenbyrg. Create your own play-style by augmenting your JYDGE, modifying your
    Build your JYDGE. Enter Edenbyrg. Get out alive.

    JYDGE is a lawful but awful roguehate top-down shooter where you get to build your own cybernetic JYDGE and eradicate crime in the never-sleeping megacity of Edenbyrg. Create your own play-style by augmenting your JYDGE, modifying your Gavel rifle, and choosing companion drones to suit the tasks at hand.

    Will you be stealthy and lurk in shadows? Or will you assault the evildoers head on? Maybe you'll brutally rocket them to bits from a distance? Or perhaps bring your own squad of reckless companions to solve the scenarios?

    You be the JYDGE!
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 16, 2017
    90
    If you’re looking for a new top down shooter in which you can play your own way, then you need to call the JYDGE.
  2. Oct 3, 2017
    80
    10tons has truly mastered their unique concept of top-down shooters. The more they make them, the more addictive they get. I’m truly impressed by how simple yet genius the game structure and gameplay mechanics in JYDGE are. Nothing superfluous, just beautifully honed bare-bones concept of fun. Just like in the old times. Re-playability is built into the game as a key factor and the customization options are eventually exhausting. You can pretty much decide how you play the game and even exploit it to some degree by creatively combining certain upgrades. As big Arnie slurred in Terminator 3, the jydgement day is inevitable, so you might just as well jump in there right away.
  3. Nov 2, 2017
    80
    JYDGE isn’t a perfect game. The gameplay could be improved in some sections. Stealth is one example, where some missions require not being spotted, but I never felt that stealth fitted right with this game, what with all the shooting and movement. Little issues with the game can be ignored when all the action is happening and you are in the zone, the great soundtrack adds to the feeling that you are the perfect cyber cop and must accomplish cleaning the streets of Edenbyrg. I had a great experience with the game, and being a fan of such movies like Robocop and Judge Dredd certainly adds to my enjoyment I had with all the action going on in JYDGE.
  4. Nov 15, 2017
    70
    Jydge is another twin-stick shooters game of 10tons. It is a shooter with zenithal view with a good upgrade system. The campaign is short and more repetitive than it should be. A positive aspect of the game is that it has a local cooperative mode.
  5. Oct 12, 2017
    69
    JYDGE is a competently made shooter that can be a ton of fun to play. However, due to poor presentation and limiting mission structure, it doesn’t quite reach the upper echelon of the genre.
  6. Oct 12, 2017
    65
    Jydge is a game halfway between a bullet hell and an arcade shooter with zenithal view with good ideas but poor in content, with closed environments and with a little variety of enemies. Despite its flaws is a very fun and challenging game thanks to its gameplay.
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  1. Oct 6, 2017
    8
    10tons is on a roll recently, filling my time with their own take on the Hotline Miami formula. Their newest release Jydge comes just a few10tons is on a roll recently, filling my time with their own take on the Hotline Miami formula. Their newest release Jydge comes just a few weeks after releasing Time Recoil (you can read it here on Metacritic or on our site Garage Band Gamers). This entry is set in the universe of Neon Chrome, where the criminal element has gotten a little out of control, so the powers that be have initiated the Jydge program, which is essentially the love child of Robocop and Judge Dredd.

    The game is more dynamic and varied in terms of visuals than previous games in this genre, from 10tons or otherwise. The bright neon greens and purples add a nice cyberpunk feel to a genre that is often too bland or repetitive. I was impressed with the fact that I did not once have an issue with an enemy blending into the surroundings; this has been a huge issue with similar styled games.

    The missions featured in this title do offer a great deal of variety, ranging from hostage rescues, stealth encounters, survival levels, or simply killing every criminal the level can throw at you. While most of these variations are fun and work well, the hostage rescue missions in particular are a bit of an annoyance, particularly at the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, your bullets not only kill the enemies but the hostages as well, and until you are able to purchase the upgrade that will disable friendly fire, you run the risk of putting a bullet in their head, even while they are off screen. This was a major annoyance at the beginning of the campaign and caused me more failures than actually dying. I’m not saying the enemies do not pose a danger, because they do, especially in later levels.

    Luckily, your Jydge is fully customizable and has the potential for a respectable number of upgrades to both the character and your weapon. The sheer number of options is staggering, leaving a number of options available to experiment with, such as buffs for your character, the hostages, or the type of ammo/secondary fire your gun. Experimentation will be essential in later levels, as the design and difficulty will spike fairly early into the game. I found myself having to switch the loadouts between being able to take a lot of damage to being able to deal additional damage. I’m still struggling to find a happy medium well into the third act.

    You’ll unlock these upgrades by completing challenges and need to earn cash to purchase them. Earning cash is surprisingly easy and comes at a decent pace for the majority of the game, which means you won’t be grinding for cash. Even if you fail a mission a number of times, you retain any cash earned for that run, which can be enough to make crucial upgrades between runs; this is so kindly offered opposed to having to back out the menu and make any changes. However, I was disappointed in the lack of an instant respawn, as it made each death more annoying and cheap deaths less forgivable.

    Each of the game’s 18 stages feature a number of difficulties that can be unlocked, each coming with a set of 3 challenges that include times to beat, not being hit, or killing everything that breathes. Most of these cannot be done in a single run, which leads to additional replays of each level being required. While I am sure at some point, someone will be able to flawlessly kill everything and rescue 5 hostages while not taking damage in 20 seconds, it’s not going to happen for everyone.

    I am never one to complain about additional content being offered, but 10tons thought it would be best to lock the level progression behind medal completion. After completing Act 1, I was disappointed to find I would have to start the act over on the new Hardcore difficulty to progress. With minor changes to the hostages, enemies, and pickups, this felt more like padding than extra content. Without this requirement, most players could complete the entire game in an hour, if not less. This feels like a huge step backwards after the 50+ levels featured in Time Recoil.

    The difficulty does not really seem to make the game more challenging, as much as it changes the layout and placement of the enemies. I did notice towards the second act, some of the enemies become massive bullet sponges, which still didn’t offer much of a challenge. Your Jydge can take a fair amount of punishment as well, and with the upgrades mentioned above, it can become a full-fledged tank.

    While Hotline Miami will always be the king of this newer genre, 10tons continues to excel by making an enjoyable experience. Despite being flawed, I enjoyed it and would recommend purchasing this day one.
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  2. Jan 2, 2018
    8
    10tons has released some very fun games over the years and JYDGE is no different. As a top-down shooter this game plays really well and 10tons10tons has released some very fun games over the years and JYDGE is no different. As a top-down shooter this game plays really well and 10tons really know what they’re doing when it comes to creating an exciting top-down shooter. The gameplay is fast and fluid from the get go and everything combines together really well. The shooting mechanics is something I was especially impressed with because they have managed to create the perfect feel, and not once did it feel like it shouldn’t. The controls which are obviously important in a game like this never let me down once, and the best thing is that they didn’t feel awkward and remained responsive throughout. The enemies in the game though were a little lacklustre, and I think the main reason why they weren’t memorable is due to the lack of variety the enemies unfortunately suffer with. They do however have a decent amount of variety when it comes to the customisation of your character and the level design. You can make your character stronger after each mission and improve your weapon, which in turn gives you a reason to carry on playing. The level design also has variety and each level has nice little details littered throughout your playthrough. The presentation side of the game is good and bad at the same time. The good bit about the presentation is definitely the visuals, and I thought the 80’s neon style worked very well for the game. The music in the game however is very tedious and it annoyed more than anything. At the end of the day 10tons have managed to create another fine top-down shooter. It gets all the things you want right and it never once frustrates, which is great. It’s not the longest game in the world and it doesn’t have a lot of replay value, but for the price you pay it has more than enough to justify a purchase, and it does more than enough for me to justify a recommendation to you to get it. Expand