Anytime Reviews: Cel Damage HDThrowback…Saturday?
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The gameplay is incredibly arcade like, and has a Twisted Metal meets Mario Kart feel to it. It runs unsurprisingly smoothly, as it is on a next gen console. I never noticed any type of slowdown whatsoever when playing. You go around an arena, picking up powerups and weapons and using them on people to reach an objective. You also get boosts and you can dodge and jump side-ways and forward (kind weird for a racing game). The learning curve is very good- I got into the controls straight away without any prior experience.
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The art style is very cartoony, charming and cel-shaded, reflecting the name of the game, but the actual graphics are slightly lackluster. They still seem like they are from the PS2 era, and don’t seem to have much detail, even in the quite humorous cutscenes. Although the simple graphics compliment cartoony-ness, some cartoon like games have managed to add some detail to their textures. The voice acting is nice, as each character has their own personality that kind of relates to their respective stereotypes (Apart from a black and white 1940’s duck. I have no idea what the stereotype of a 1940’s gangster duck is.). Sadly, though, it is slightly forgettable, but I can forgive that as it was released in the early 2000s, and we didn’t have many recognizable (video game) voice actors then.
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