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Milanoir – Review (Switch)

by on May 31, 2018
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May 31st, 2018

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Italo Games

 

Milanoir – Review (Switch)

Milanoir is a game inspired by the 1970’s Italian crime movies. The action is fast and punishing. For this reason, if you plan on picking this up for the Nintendo Switch, I’d recommend using a Pro controller if you have one. The constant shooting and reloading gave my hands cramps using the joy-cons with the screen. This will not affect the review in any way. On a second side note, this game is not for kids.

Gameplay

As in the above paragraph, Milanoir’s gameplay is fast, brutal, and punishing. You control Piero with the left joystick while you aim with the left. You move the reticle onto your target and if you have it activated in the settings, it can lock onto that target. This was a little troublesome as I was treating it like ‘Smash TV’. Do not treat this like smash tv. If your reticle is on one side of the screen it will take a little bit to move to the other side. That is unless the reticle is close to your character it will allow you to switch directions fairly quickly. The speed of the reticle can be increased or decreased in the settings.

On top of the regular movement, you can roll around to dodge bullets, as well as crouching to get behind cover. This will usually save your ass but keep in mind, some cover, such as wooden crates, will eventually get destroyed after a barrage of bullets. This is especially good to know for boss fights as they will beat your ass quite quickly. Throughout the levels, you can pick up a revolver, which can shoot through multiple enemies if you line them up, or even a Molotov cocktail to wipe out a small group of enemies in a ball of fire. Also, keep a look out for road signs! Shooting these will allow your bullet to ricochet to an enemy. You can only shoot once and differently shaped signs can allow for multiple ricochets!

Though most of the gameplay is focused on lots of enemies trying to kill you from multiple angles, some of the gameplay will focus on stealth. Sneaking around and performing choke kills can allow you to get a jump on the next set of enemies, especially if they don’t know if your coming.

Graphics

The pixel art graphics in Milanoir are detailed and very well done. The details in the areas and characters are impressive. There were tables, boxes, posters, and other objects placed about the area that just sealed the overall look and feel of the 1970’s Italian crime era. Now this game is mature and doesn’t hold anything back just as the movies it gathered its inspiration from. There are blood and pixel nudity, so again, keep your kids away from this.

The soundtrack works well with the game as well. It has a funky 1970’s vibe going on. This teamed up with the pixel-like graphics really sets that 1970’s tone.

Story

The story follows Piero, an Italian gangster just living the gangster life. You know the usual, stealing, murder…that old thing. Milanoir has an amazing opening scene, I couldn’t have been more pulled into a story like this without it. Without spoiling too much, once the shit hits the fan, the story switches to a tale of redemption and revenge on whoever screwed you. Milanoir had some really fun scenes where it’s only purpose was to push the story. It really helped break up the heavy action scenes and stopped them from being repetitive. It really is a pretty good story with some fun twists. That really makes the journey that much better.

Replay Value

Once the game is complete, it would be fun to play again. Even if just to see if you can beat it faster next time. You can even attempt it in co-op with a homie locally. Or there is an arena mode where there’s no chance of survival, but the more you kill the longer you will survive!

Bottom Line

Milanoir has a surprisingly awesome gritty story with some slick story cutscenes you play through. The action will kick your teeth in and can be slightly frustrating at times but it’s over the top action will satisfy your action movie craving and not leave your wallet swimming with the fishes.


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Note: GameOctane Editor Ryan Welch received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.

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Positives

+ Gorgeous pixel art sets the 1970's theme
+ The story and story cutscenes you play through are damn fun
+ Action is fast and unforgiving
+ Sub $15 price

Negatives

- The gameplay can get frustrating and escalates quick
- Replay Value is a little light, but acceptable

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Story
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Replay Value
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Milanoir has a surprisingly awesome gritty story with some slick story cutscenes you play through. The action will kick your teeth in and can be slightly frustrating at times but it's over the top action will satisfy your action movie craving and not leave your wallet swimming with the fishes. 

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