Have you ever wanted to become the ultimate action hero? Did your recent trip to see John Wick 3 push you to talk in a gravely voice, dress in a fresh suit, and look for mobsters to take down? Since I was little, I have always imagined what it would be like to be like all my favorite action heroes. As an adult, I look for games that give me the sensation of being in an ultimate action movie. As the marketing for My Friend Pedro came out, I knew I had to try this game. After all, any game featuring slow-motion gunfire and flips was a must play in my book. And sure enough, My Friend Pedro did not disappoint.
The game starts in a way that feels familiar to those who love the action genre. You wake up in a dark basement with no recollection of how you got there. There are countless underworld thugs that you need to fight through as you find the person who ultimately put you in this situation. Thankfully, the game becomes very unique very quickly. While the themes are familiar, the fact that you are led and coached by a sentient banana makes this game go into some pretty wacky and unconventional territory.
While I appreciate how wacky the plot gets, I must admit that the flow of the story feels disjointed. After the introduction of Pedro and some crazy battles through the underworld, the plot turns into something you might see in a satire. You spend some time in what I can only describe as your warped imagination. You take on some “hardcore gamerz” that spew lines that you will find in all your favorite gaming memes. The game eventually goes back to a more serious tone and features a very cool twist. It finally ends in a bizarre fashion that left me more confused than satisfied.
The plot is a bit of a roller coaster, with highs and lows throughout the game. An argument can be made about whether or not a story in an action movie is important. In fact, there are plenty of movies that are very enjoyable despite a lackluster plot. Without going into any more spoilers, I will just say that the story was the only disappointing aspect of the game. I would have preferred that the team pick one tone instead of mixing funny and serious. More importantly, my disappointment in the story did not prevent me from fully enjoying the game, thanks to some amazing gameplay.
I like to think of the gameplay as beautiful violence, in that your gunfire plays out in a beautiful fluid motion. With a variety of guns at your disposal, you take down enemies by slowing down time, allowing you to control the movement of your body and the direction of your aim. This slow motion looks absolutely stunning as you twist and turn your body in the middle of a hail of bullets, blood, and debris. As you can imagine, the amount of enemy fire can make things very dangerous to your health. A bar shows how long you can stay in slow motion, and the lower difficulty levels allow you to spend a lot of time in slow motion if you desire.
The slow motion is a huge part of the gameplay but isn’t the only cool thing about My Friend Pedro. The environment itself plays a role in how you kill your enemies. There are a variety of objects you can kick at enemies. You can ricochet bullets off objects in order to reach enemies. There are explosives and barrels that help you out. You can get very creative with your kills in My Friend Pedro. In fact, you are scored at the end of each level, and you can replay levels to your heart’s content. I found myself going back again and again because I knew there was a more fluid way to get through parts of the levels.
The majority of the levels are pretty straight forward. You get from point A to point B by killing enemies and solving puzzles that block your progress. These puzzles are pretty straightforward as well, requiring you to shoot a switch to open a door or wall jumping to hard to reach places. The basic levels are very fun, but the end stage fights are amazing. Early in the game, you are in a motorcycle chase, jumping ramps and blasting enemies that are chasing you. It’s accelerating and incredibly satisfying. It’s fun to replay the basic levels, but these special stages are even better to play over and over again.
If you love a good action game, then My Friend Pedro is a must own. The slow-motion gunplay is incredibly satisfying and fun. The story leaves a little to be desired, but the action makes up for it. The story is relatively short, but you will go back again and again to raise your score. Plus, with its handy gif generator, you will be replaying levels over and over again in order to make the perfect action moment to share with friends. Do yourself a favor and pick up My Friend Pedro. Pedro compels you to do so.
Note: A digital code was provided by 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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Fun mechanics that work very well
High replayability that encourages you to try again