Effie review for PS4

Platform: PS4
Publisher: Factoria Cultural Gestio
Developer: Inverge Studios
Medium: Digital
Players: 1
Online: No

I?ve been wracking my brain to come up with something — anything — to say about Effie, and I?m about ready to admit defeat. It?s a fairly unremarkable 3D platformer that doesn?t stand out in any way, for better or for worse.

To be sure, being merely average isn?t the worst thing in the world. Having played all kinds of broken and lousy platformers, the fact Effie simply works is certainly a moderate accomplishment.

But that?s about all that you can say for it. The platforming is nothing special, and there?s nothing about any of the levels that sets them apart in any particular way. The game is bright-looking and pleasant to look at, but, again, there?s nothing here visually that makes Effie distinctive. There?s a forgettable story, with the only distinguishing feature that there?s a narrator who occasionally makes a snide comment (though those lose their impact when you?ve heard the same one for the dozenth or so time). The combat is pretty generic, and doesn?t require anything in the way of finesse — one heavy attack, one light attack, and you can swat away nearly every enemy save for the bosses simply by mashing the buttons until you?ve beaten them all.

If there?s anywhere where Effie stands out one way or another, it?s in those boss fights. See, that?s where the game suddenly decides to challenge you, after mostly failing to do so for the rest of every level. The difficulty spikes verge on the unfair, with enemies suddenly becoming much tougher and the environments themselves suddenly becoming much more deadly. Given how easy the rest of the game is, it makes for a pretty jarring contrast.

Not enough of a contrast to make Effie interesting, though. If you?re a 3D platforming addict who needs a fill right now and you?ve played everything else, it may be enough to fill the time, but otherwise, it feels like there are plenty of other games you could be playing instead.

Factoria Cultural Gestio provided us with an Effie PS4 code for review purposes.

Grade: B-