Sunday Gold Assessment | TechRaptor


With dystopian settings all the craze as of late, everyone seems to be making an attempt to place their very own spin on the style. From Cyberpunk 2077 to Starvation Video games, each story is keen to indicate what’s distinctive to them, and in a style with such huge competitors it’s not simple. Nonetheless, I’ve at hand it to GKOM’s latest title, Sunday Gold, as a result of a dystopian future combined with necromantic canine racing for sport is actually a mixture I haven’t seen earlier than.

Sunday Gold is the story of three criminals, Frank, Sally, and Gavin, who group as much as infiltrate Hogan Industries on what’s, allegedly, a job for simple cash. Sadly, the three encounter one thing a lot darker and way more difficult than they’d bargained for and find yourself going up towards Kenny Logan himself, who’s a psychotic combine between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, in the event that they ended up trying like Mad Mod from the 2003 Teen Titans TV sequence. The plot and the setting are each filled with intrigue however undergo from having a number of worldbuilding crammed right into a small timeframe. The ending additionally appears like a Deus ex Machina, which isn’t nice, however was additionally not the worst choice out there to wrap issues up. The titular Sunday Gold is a reanimated cyborg canine used for racing, owned by Kenny Logan, and used for example of the worst of the worst dystopian issues.

She’s not fallacious

As for the characters, they develop on you. Frank begins off as a degenerate hoodlum who doesn’t pay his bar tab, and whereas he nonetheless doesn’t pay his bar tab by the tip of the game, you do get to see behind his bravado and façade of prison nonchalance, to an individual who at the very least has a coronary heart. Sally, his standard enterprise accomplice, is tough and tumble, kicks ass, and loves a little bit of chaos, although her relationship with Frank gels significantly all through the course of the game and slowly turns her into somebody who you’re glad is in your facet, as an alternative of towards you. Rounding out the trio is the third member, Gavin, a brand new recruit from the darkish net that Sally discovered. He’s completely inexperienced across the ears and his cowardice at first grates on each the participant and Frank, however he toughens up and proves his mettle because the story progresses.

Sunday Gold’s gameplay is probably the most distinctive factor in regards to the game, mixing the investigative nature of a point-and-click game with a turn-based fight system. Characters are given seven Motion Factors per flip, and these are used for many actions aside from “Study.” For instance, pushing a button, selecting a lock, and hacking a pc all dissipate motion factors. When you run out of AP you finish your “flip” and the enemy has a flip. Your alert degree will be both decreased or elevated, otherwise you will be attacked by enemy guards. Your AP is then additionally used for strikes in battle however will be regenerated in battle. Nonetheless, the AP you may have left on the finish of a battle then keep on over into the investigative portion of the game, for instance, when you finish the battle and every character has 2 AP left, they may solely have 2 AP to discover.

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Good… err, doggie?

Whereas the hyperlink between journey and fight looks like a good suggestion, it’s frustratingly simple to get caught in a loop of low AP when you finish battles by the pores and skin of your enamel after which instantly want to finish your flip to reset your AP, solely to be attacked by extra enemies. The alert system virtually by no means goes down in between turns and the upper it’s, the extra probably you might be to be attacked. It additionally interrupts the circulate of the investigation and feels at occasions such as you’re continuously preventing enemies in between doing one or two issues at a time to maneuver the plot ahead.

There are three totally different mini-games which can be repeated as you play via; Gavin hacks techniques, Frank picks locks and Sally focuses her tremendous energy. Whereas the hacking was a easy logic drawback and Sally’s tremendous energy takes a while to get the grasp of, the lock-picking game was atrocious. You’ve a sequence of rings and want to seek out the continuously altering “candy spot” highlighted within the rings, then click on when the blue bar is inside the candy spot. Whereas it sounds easy in idea, when you get any of the rings fallacious you get booted again to the start of the puzzle, the blue bar should be fully inside the candy spot with no fraction of a facet hanging out, and worst, when you dissipate all of your makes an attempt, you will want to make use of one other hefty chunk of motion factors to attempt a pair extra. So, in case your reflexes are too sluggish or too jumpy, you can conceivably be caught making an attempt to choose the identical lock for half an hour or extra, in between fights to regain AP.

The turn-based fight itself is pretty commonplace, however the most degree cap of 10 finally ends up being an enormous ache in the previous few battles of the game the place you’re closely outranked by enemies that may absolutely regenerate their well being a number of occasions. Simply with the ability to degree up abilities previous degree 10 could be a assist, even when the stats have been nonetheless capped. As an alternative, I spent over two hours in a boss combat that I solely gained as a result of the game seemingly determined to surrender on the stalemate that would have prolonged for a number of hours extra. The fight usually felt uneven and tough across the edges, particularly a few of the battles earlier within the game earlier than you get Sally’s therapeutic ability up to the mark.

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Hehehe, it is a Dalek!

Sunday Gold’s artwork type is a number of enjoyable, with the fight and investigative parts trying like watercolor that was painted on 3D fashions, and particulars character portraits to go together with it. Throughout fight the game additionally has a number of scenes that play out like movement comics for various assault and protection actions, resulting in an action-oriented really feel for these elements.

General, Sunday Gold was a tough trip from begin to end. The steadiness in fight was uneven and whereas the idea of Motion Factors carrying over between sections of the game is a enjoyable idea, in observe it felt extra such as you have been continuously below assault. The story was fascinating, as have been the characters, however the worldbuilding crammed an excessive amount of into too wanting a time. That, mixed with the Deus ex Machina on the finish left the story feeling sloppy and shallow. In case you’re in search of a particularly darkish model of dystopia to sink your enamel into, or are extra into fight than journey video games, you may nonetheless like Sunday Gold, however it’s extra like Sunday Bronze for many.

TechRaptor reviewed Sunday Gold on PC with a duplicate [offered by the writer/offered by the developer.

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