Anyway, the game itself: Much as it has in common with Super Metroid (though it does amazing, insane, diabolical things with platforming even the mighty SM never dreamed,especially once the dimension swapping comes into play), there's way more Streets of Rage in its blood than anything else, and that's the part that means the thing is never leaving my PS4's hard drive, ever. It's all combos, insane, cartoon bodyslams, tossing enemies into other enemies, Mike Haggar-style piledrivers, and then you can turn into chickens. It's also crammed full of great and terrible puns and game references. My favorite easy joke might be the Lucha Line/Hotline Miami billboard. I got worried early on that stuff was going to overtake the game. It very much doesn't, it's just goofy and there because why the hell not, and the rest of the game is so very polished on its own steam you forget that stuff the second you hit the next town or get a new power. That's one of those things that developers tend to forget nowadays: Making your mechanics so fun that even after you've beaten it, the very act of just traveling around the game world needs to be just as fun when you turn it back on again 20 minutes from the ending, or two years. I can see the latter happening very, very easily, especially with that flight ability. The one flying from wall to wall, not the chicken one. The chicken one makes me giggle too much to be useful. Next playthrough: Finally buying some of those suits, and playing as Tostada.
OK, yes, the fact that there's a chick named Toast in here is kinda wonky. One point to you, social justice folks.