Before COVID 19, think about the last concert you went to. Was it something that was popping with all types of beats? Was it screaming with guitar riffs? Did the bass pump from the tracks as the words just flowed? If you think about it, music is something we all enjoy no matter the genre. We all have that favorite artist, that favorite song that no matter when you hear the music, you instantly know that for a moment, the world around you stops and you have that moment to enjoy it all. But does Developer Metronomik and Publisher Sold Out give us that escape of energy? Let’s find out with No Straight Roads for the PlayStation 4.
In No Straight Roads you take on the role of either Mayday or Zuke who have strong dreams of making it as the underground band Bunkbed Junction. Mayday rips on guitar and Zuke bashes it on the drums. But their dream almost has these stepping stones that they must overcome in order to try and see their dream through. But there is one problem with this plan, the evil elite musical organisation called the NSR of the city called Vinyl City. You see, the NSR can actually convert the music of Electronic Dance Music of Vinyl City into an energy source.
But within in Vinyl City, is the different districts that the NSR controls. And each district is run by different bosses that you will need to defeat in order for Mayday and Zuke to make it to the finals and get Bunkbed Junction to be the one band that everyone wants to listen to.
Now, No Straight Roads is not your typical action and adventure game, but is focused on more of the rhythm aspect of things. Yes, you will hack and slash at things, but you will need to pay attention to the audio clues to know when you will need to jump. If you play as Mayday, she is quick and uses her guitar to attack and Zuke is slower, but more powerful with his drumming attacks. Luckily, if you are playing as one character, you can easily switch to the other character on the fly. One thing I really like is how when you die, you don’t have to go back to some check point, you basically start where you ended.
Each boss battle does have a different feel and genre to it which adds to the balance of No Straight Roads so it doesn’t feel like the same boss over and over again, which is a good thing. Once you defeat a boss, you collect a record that you will use to unlock a new district of Vinyl City. In each district, you will run into different characters that you can communicate with turns out you start to have more fans than you realized. The personalities of Mayday and Zuke match their characters. Mayday is high energy and excited to get those fans and Zuke is more laid back and taking everything with stride, which again, brings a well-rounded balance in No Straight Roads.
The sound and music are really catchy is something you can just listen to if you were not playing. There really is a good variety of music to be heard here and graphics really pop in No Straight Roads as well with the bright neon colors of Vinyl City to the detail on the different bosses you encounter makes your stay in Vinyl City a good one to be in. If there is anything I would love to see be added would be a PlayStation VR update. With the number of colors that are presented and the art style that is used, No Straight Roads would rock on the PlayStation VR.
For being a debut game from Developer Metronomik, No Straight Roads is fun and entertaining. From the high energy of Mayday to the drumming antics of Zuke. It’s almost like if Axl Rose with his high energy singing and Dave Grohl with his awesome drumming joined forces to take us all on a fun adventure from the norm and show us that no matter how high our dreams may be, keep reaching for them because anything is possible.
No Straight Roads is out now on PlayStation and is also available on PC, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. A review code was provided. To learn more about No Straight Roads, please visit the site, like them on Facebook, and, follow them on Twitter. To learn more about Sold Out, please visit their site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about Metronomik, please visit their site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I’m going to enjoy my stay in Vinyl City.