JYDGE
Gameplay 9
Graphics 7
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A robotic cop that acts as judge, jury and executioner? It might not be the most original idea, but JYDGE from 10tons Ltd certainly offers a lot of fun. It is a top down shooter with tons of customization options for your character as well as weapon. This means that it caters to a variety of playing styles and offers a lot of replay value, despite the relatively small number of levels. If you are a fan of the genre or simply enjoy games that allow you to experiment with how you approach objectives you’ll have a blast with JYDGE.

Gamepaly: Action packed and lots of fun.

Graphics: Perhaps a little too similar to Neon Chrome, but it still looks good.

Sound: The soundtrack is great and the sound effects very impressive

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JYDGE

Developer: 10tons Ltd  | Publisher: 10tons Ltd | Release Date: 2017 | Genre: Action / RPG / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Edenbyrg – a megacity where crime has spiraled out of control and citizens live in fear of their lives while criminals run amok. It is a place so dangerous that even the police struggle to make a difference, which is why the use of cybernetic law enforcement is rolled out. Taking control of a “JYDGE,” complete with a modifiable weapon called the “Gavel,” it is up to you to retake the city and clear out the criminal scum. It is not an easy job, but stamping out lawless behavior is what the JYDGEs do best and with the state that Edenbyrg is in, you’ll be working overtime.

JYDGE is the latest twin-stick shooter from 10tons Ltd, an indie developer that has been dominating the genre for a while now. Their last title was the adrenaline pumping rogue-like shooter, Neon Chrome, and JYDGE is set in the same universe. However, while these two titles share a lot of similarities, including some visual assets, they are two very different experiences in terms of gameplay. Whereas the former is a rogule-like title with procedural levels, 10tons is calling JYDGE a “lawful-but-awful roguehate” top-down shooter, which is a pretty apt description. It basically means that the maps are static, but can be approached from a myriad of different play styles.

The best thing about JYDGE is the way in which you can augment your character and modify its rifle. Whether you want to be a melee monster, stealthy sniper or just show up to each fight with a crew of lackeys and drones to back you up, it’s all possible with the right upgrades. The game also ensures that you can never become complacent with one particular style by continual shaking up your objectives for each level. For example, one level might require you to rescue some hostages without being seen while the next tasks you with killing everyone under a certain time limit or not harming any innocent bystanders. Completing these special requirements, rewards you with medals and these are used for more than just opening up new levels and difficulties.

Medals are also required to unlock cyberware, weapon mods, fire modes and special weapons. However, some of the special requirements are only really possible after equipping certain mods, so you are always motivated to push yourself just a little harder to see what is possible and what isn’t. For example, a level where you have to kill your main target in less than twenty seconds might feel impossible until you have mods that speeds up your character as well as enable you to crash straight through walls. You can only equip four out of a possible 35 cyberware at a time, along with three out of a possible 25 weapon perks, so some thought is required to make the most of your options.

JYDGE is split up into four acts, consisting of 18 different levels in total. Each level has three different objectives for earning medals, but you eventually also unlock additional difficulty settings. The objectives on Hardcore, Grim and Nightmare difficulty also differ from the ones on Normal, so you’ll want to complete each level on all of them. This might sound like a grind, but levels are short enough that you can get killed and still want to jump right back in to try again. We also found ourselves returning to old levels with new upgrades and skills, which is a lot of fun. Finally, the game also features a host of hidden collectibles that can be found. Many of these are hidden quite well, but seeking them out is well worth the effort for the advantages that they bestow. After unlocking new upgrades and weapons you still have to pay for them as well, so it is a good thing that your JYDGE is authorized to confiscate any money you stumble across. The cost quickly skyrockets, but more money can be earned on higher difficulty settings, so it all balances out in the end.

Initially, your main opposition comes from some low-level goons that can be gunned down with ease, but as levels become harder the goons become stronger and additional hazards, such as turrets, mines and alarms also make an appearance. The game doesn’t have much of a story, but it doesn’t really need one either. Stomping around while blasting enemies to bits or picking them off from the shadows is rewarding enough. Visually, the game features a lot of similarities with Neon Chrome, but the neon drenched, rain soaked streets of Edenbyrg doesn’t look bad. Depending on your approach to the action, most levels end up splattered with blood and guts too by the time you are done. In addition to the outdoor levels, you’ll also get to shoot your way through plenty of buildings and the destructible scenery adds a lot to the fun. There’s nothing like bursting through a wall to melee smash an enemy into bits or watching the glass shatter when your sniper round crashes through a window and into the skull of your target.

10tons Ltd have done a good job with the audio aspects of JYDGE and it features a great soundtrack with plenty of neat tunes. Unfortunately, the music appears to be selected randomly each time you start a level, so some type of jukebox feature would have been nice. Your gun, which can shoot anything from lead and lasers to electricity, sounds good and even the robotic voice for the JYDGE is spot-on. The controls for JYDGE are very responsive and you definitely notice the changes depending on the perks you have equipped. We had no problem playing the game with a keyboard and mouse combination as well as a controller, but preferred the precision of the former. JYDGE also features a local co-op mode, which can be activated if you have at least one controller plugged in. This is a really nice feature and it really enhances the longevity of the game if you have a friend to play with.

Overall, JYDGE has a lot to offer and fans of the genre should have a blast. It doesn’t do anything new or revolutionary with the genre, but it is packed with great features and fast paced action. The different playing styles that are available really adds a lot of depth to the game and while the amount of levels are rather low, the different objectives and difficulty levels makes up for this. Anyone familiar with the twinstick shooters by 10tons Ltd will know what to expect and JYDGE is definitely a great title to add to your collection.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: SM 3.0+
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 395 MB available space
  • OS: OS X 10.8+ recommended
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: SM 3.0+
  • Storage: 395 MB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 or SteamOS
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: SM 3.0+
  • Storage: 395 MB available space

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