|Pub: Sony Online Entertainment|
|Release: Ocotber 11, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, and Tobacco Reference|
And while we're on the subject of audio, I would have liked to see some voiceovers instead of having all the dialogue laid out in text windows. These blocks of text kind of break up the flow of the game, and some decent voice work could have riffed on the unique personality of the game. Sound effects, though, are great. Some of them will surprise you at first—the sound of the birds dropping eggs on your head in particular—but you'll quickly realize how appropriate they are in this cartoony world.
The controls feel pretty solid for the most part, and, as I mentioned before, having the right stick to adjust the camera can be enormously helpful. However, at times I found myself wishing the controls felt a bit tighter. There were a few instances where the jumping physics felt a little off, leading to some frustrating deaths. I must admit, though, there are only two or three particular examples of this off the top of my head. I don't want to give the impression that the controls are broken in any way, because they aren't. They just feel like they could have been a tiny bit more fine-tuned.
Now, if you don't like playing solo, the game also features drop-in/drop-out two-player co-op. However, there aren't any real instances (besides maybe the boss fights) where having a second player will make the game any easier. In fact, the two of you will probably end up fighting over camera angles more than cooperating to help each other out. But I suppose it's nice that the option is there for those who want to use it.
Sideway: New York is a new way to look at the 2D platformer, though it brings in elements of some classics. It's a real treat for your eyes too. Of course, this is only the first game in a series, and once you take down the final boss, you'll see a "To Be Continued" screen. I'm guessing Nox will continue his journey through the Sideway into other cities down the line. All in all, though, Sideway: New York is an incredibly creative adventure that brings players back to an earlier time of gaming while still managing to feel brand new. And it's got a price tag that shouldn't hold too many gamers back—a $10 download on PSN. I would call that a Hamilton (or two Lincolns) well spent.
CCC Editor / Contributing Writer