Sometimes you get a feeling that you are about to play something special. No Straight Roads: Encore edition is available on Windows PC. It is an action-adventure with plenty of variety. Metronomik developed NSR. Which comprises two developers of Final Fantasy XV. Considering how great that game was, NSR has a lot to live up to. And it does it well.
The NSR rule over Vinyl City, they are in control of power. It’s a bit like Monsters Inc, where the music, not screams, power the city. This sounds great until you learn that only one genre of music is welcome: EDM. You play as Bunk Bed Junction, a band composed of Mayday, a female guitarist, and Duke a male drummer. Their goal is to save Vinyl city from the grip of NSR and EDM. By reintroducing the city to Rock, which was present many years before.
Each area has a boss DJ, which you must beat using the game’s unique battle system. They telegraph their attack moves via the music that is playing. As well as graphical indicators. You can also counter specific attacks if they are pink. Because of this, it makes each encounter exciting and not a drag. In fact most of the time you’re looking forward to the next one.
Between boss battles, you will explore the districts. While exploring, you can find stickers. Stickers are then added to the instruments. These stickers improve various stats. There is graffiti on the walls of the districts made by fans. The fan art can decorate your guitar case. There are over 200 designs, and I set my case to random so that it is different every time. It’s a cool collectible and each design is very unique. The only downside is there is no indicator on whether you have collected one before so it is easy to miss one or two.
Between the district and the boss battle, you fight the boss’s minions. Unfortunately, this is where the game falls down. It’s quite a boring part of the game as the enemies telegraph their attacks and you can beat them. The blessing is that these areas are short.
NSR: Encore edition has a beautiful design. The environments are vibrant and different for every district. The characters are cartoony and have no jagged edges. Due to this style, I don’t see it ever aging. Each character has a crazy design and does reflect their personalities. Even the side characters have unique designs.
NSR’s main focus is music. The music is great and varied. Though the main style is EDM it feels great to listen to. I can see myself listening to the soundtrack for many hours and have added it to my goto playlist. I hope that there will be a sequel soon where there will be more variety of genres. rock vs another genre? The possibilities are endless.
Each boss battle ends with a grade. The higher the grade the more fans you receive. Fans are then used to level up your abilities. This makes it worth backtracking to previous bosses and trying to improve your grade. Once you’ve beaten a boss once, it becomes easier to figure out a strategy to get better grades.
There is also a co-op mode, where you can each play as either Duke or Mayday. I didn’t have much experience playing as a co-op. But I can imagine it would be a blast getting to the end and experiencing the story with another player. This would be a title I would be playing with my son in the future.
NSR was a blast to play. I couldn’t stop playing and it was very upbeat. It’s a great title to play when you’re having a bad day. The enemies never feel overbearing. The light-hearted music adds to the joyful game. For that and many other reasons, No Straight Roads: Encore Edition gets a well-deserving 9 out of 10. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to play some more.