Review: Justice Sucks – Movies Games and Tech
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Robots are apparently the future of humanity. They will complete everyday tasks and make our lives easier. However, science fiction has taught me a thing or two about robotics. Consequently, I know that this idealism will end in screams, tears and death. Unsurprisingly, this is exactly what happens in Bloody and Glorious Madness Justice sucks.
Developed by Samurai Punk and developed by tinyBuild, this is a violent action game. Also, it has some strategy elements, lots of levels and liters of blood to fight with. Still, if you’re squeamish, you can reduce the death while retaining the fun violent gameplay.
Justice sucks = Déjà vu!
When I was given Justice sucks, I was sure I had played it before. Everything about it seemed familiar and I had a distinct moment of déjà vu. Then it hit me. In 2021 I reviewed Roombo: First Blood. The original title was a much simpler and refined version of the sequel. But I still loved it and got a 7. That’s why I had hope for it Samurai Punk would build on their strong foundation, creating a deep and brutal game for all of us to enjoy.
Well, spoiler alert, they have done just that. Justice sucks is much more cruel, angry and nasty than its predecessor. It will then cause you to shrink as you kill your opponents. Also, the main character becomes omnipotent when he chews up their bodies and sucks their blood. Oh, did I forget to mention that the hero is a robot hoover?
You control Dusty, a household vacuum cleaner. He loves his family, and when their house is broken into, he goes rogue. By killing the burglars, it alerts the manufacturer, FamilyCorp, to his wrongdoing. Consequently, the warranty team is called in to resolve the situation. When they arrive, an argument breaks out and Dusty is sent flying into the TV. Here he merges with the TV world, and a surreal adventure begins.
Weird, but it makes you chuckle.
Being teleported into a surreal world is just weird, but it gives the developers some creative license. Fortunately, they grabbed the opportunity with both hands and the gameplay benefits significantly. The action is divided between several worlds, each of which consists of a number of levels. During each stage you are given unique tasks to complete and a limited time to succeed. If you win, you will get points for your effort and you will move on. This gameplay loop continues throughout, although the goals and objectives vary slightly per world.
As Dusty, you’ll be asked to move packages, prevent robberies, kill intruders, clean up and much, much more. As you explore each level, you must hide, hack and steal items to use as weapons. The warrant squad is determined to stop you, so you must be proactive and aggressive throughout. Still, a little tactical nuance is not a bad thing. As such, it’s not a bad idea to use the shadows to hide, or hack electrical supplies to stun attackers.
Alongside this, Dusty has a number of abilities and perks that he can unlock. These special items give you a fighting chance and can be the difference between success and failure. Abilities are powered by blood, so the more people you kill, the more powerful you become. Next, you’ll want to vacuum up each dead body, and clean up the mess they leave behind.
Justice sucks similar to the original.
I loved the changes in the game Justice sucks. Next, I think the developers did a perfect job of improving the difficulty while keeping the gory charm. However, I wasn’t too impressed with the visuals. Unfortunately, there is little to decipher between the two games, and this was frustrating. Yes, it looks nice, and the stage design is interesting, but I would have liked a bigger improvement in the graphics, still.
The sound follows with its positive and familiar style. The high-adrenaline soundtrack works well with the gruesome gameplay and is complemented by fantastic sound effects. The noise from the crushing of bones, the rustling of skin and the spurting of blood was incredible. When you combine the deafening sound with the eye-opening visuals, you get a pretty vivid and overwhelming experience.
When a title is as simple as Justice sucks, you expect the controls to be easy to master. However, I was terribly wrong as I struggled considerably to pick them up. With many submenus and many buttons to understand, I was just fingers and thumbs. Still, once you get the basics down, it’s fun, simple, and thoughtful.
With many levels to overcome, a scoring system to follow, and a global leaderboard for each stage, it will have you hooked. The only element it lacked was multiplayer action, and this was disappointing. Even if the developers stuck to cooperative gameplay, this would have scratched the itch.
Justice sucks is good brutal fun.
Although Samurai Punk went a bit OTT with the action and violence, I still think it works. The core concept is brilliantly addictive and I loved how challenging each level was. Also, I think they have improved on their first title. That’s why I loved it and I recommend you to buy it here! Can you save your family and get out of the TV realm? Suck, clean and mutilate your way to victory.