Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on JYDGE by 10 Tons Ltd. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
JYDGE is a top down shooter that’s heavily inspired by the likes of Robocop and Judge Dredd. You play as a cyborg police officer named JYDGE who is sent on various missions to take down criminals. The story plays out across 4 acts but in order to play through all of them, you’ll need to master each mission.
Each mission has 2 difficulty levels and 3 objectives to fulfill. The first difficulty is normal and has moderately difficult objectives to complete. Then you have hardcore difficulty with challenging objectives and toughter/more numerous enemies to beat. Objectives vary from collecting all loot and staying alive for a period of time to saving hostages and not getting spotted.
As you progress the objectives and maps will become harder to complete. I found the not getting hit objective to be one of the toughest to achieve. Especially in later levels where you’re facing a larger number of enemies.
The game also features the ability to upgrade JYDGE himself as well as his weapon called Gavel. JYDGE can be upgraded using using cybernetic implants. You have 4 slots open to you but you must purchase them before you can equip them. Implants include extra armor, electrocute, a laser drone, extra health and speed increase. Choosing the right implants for each mission is key to completing certain objectives. Especially if you’re under a strict time limit. You must also purchase each implant but only if they’re unlocked. You unlock new and more useful implants the more medals you earn during a mission.
The Gavel can be upgraded in many different ways. There’s slots for secondary firemodes, new ammo types and mods. Special attacks include rockets, a mechanical spider and stun grenades to name a couple. The ammo types you choose also play a huge part in your success during a mission. These include a heavy laser, plasma, shotgun, and ion bolts to name only a couple. Mods have passive abilities that have various effects during a mission. These include citizen safe ammo, increased melee damage, piercing lead, rapid fire and extra specials to name a few.
Overall, JYDGE is another excellent addition to 10Tons’ already impressive lineup of top-down shooters. It might even be their best game so far with it’s large amount of variety. You’ll need to use a lot of different strategies throughout the game and failure to complete at least one of the objectives is assured. It’s a pretty challenging game at times but this adds to the fun of choosing new setups to tackle the different objectives. I’ve also found the soundtrack to be excellent and the graphics are quite good/neon soaked as well. Definitely one to check out if you’re a fan of the genre or if you enjoy RoboCop/Judge Dredd.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with another one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!