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Furi

Developer: The Game Bakers Publisher: The Game Bakers
05 July 2016
PS4
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Heavyweight Boxer Trysome Furi
Furi is a pretty neat twin stick shooter/arcade boss rush hybrid that combines bullet hell elements with timing and reaction-based melee for a pretty unforgiving, short, but thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Combat is fast, responsive (for the most part) and relitavely polished, and bosses will keep you on your toes with a variety of movies within different phases, and these phases are implemented really well. I'm not sure has ever done Boss phases quite like Furi, but it's pretty smart; a boss will have 4-5 different phases/forms, each one ending when the boss's health bar has been drained. When you die on a bossfight, the boss starts at the beginning of the last phase for a cost of one of your three 'lives'. Only when you lose all three lives does a bossfight start over properly from the beginning. You also gain a life (athough you cannot exceed 3) whenever you beat one phase of a boss.

This all comes together to give each encounter a nice ebb and flow, and allows you to organically get practise against parts of the encounter you're having more trouble with whilst not allowing the player to feel too secure after beating an easy phase; if they mess up the hard one too many times, it's back to the beginning.

The difficulty is there, refreshingly, but the frustration factor is curbed by the reliable controls and lack of any real 'bullshit' moments, plus the lack of loading screens between speedy restarts. Cutscenes inbetween phases of bosses/losing a life are just long enough to catch a quick breather and crack your mistreatred arthritic degenerate gaming knuckles without taking away from action. A quick few seconds to breathe.

The clever use of downtime cannot be said for the forced walking segments between bosses, however, which forces you to either hold your control stick in a certain direction for to watch a cartoon man walk across some admittedly nice scenery, or press X once to watch him do it on his own as a rabbit tries to sound profound near you. The story didn't exactly suck me in at all, and I gave it more than a fair chance to do so, if only to make the walking segments more bearable, but as it was I just pressed X to make the dude walk and did some tidying up towards the later stages. I can appreciate what they were going for, but you don't get points for effort, nor do I get less bored by appreciating it. What's more, the walking is even more painful when you consider that the camera changes from different fixed perspectives often, meaning that if you're manually walking for some reaosn the direction you're holding on the control stick won't correspond to the direction you're moving in the game and it all feels horrible. I think some downtime between bosses was necessary, but this isn't the way to do it.

Furi's hard mode is also a breath of fresh air in that it affects more than player/enemy health/damage; enemies are revitalised, using new moves and attacking in trickier patterns. They feel like they've been let of their leash, not just arbitrarily buffed, a feature that gels well with Furi's short, focused nature.

It's a high octane, slick and twitchy game that suffers during its downtime, but it's certainly worth a play.
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Giann96 Furi 2024-02-20T04:55:00Z
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Distratto102 Furi 2024-01-12T19:22:41Z
PS4
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Gubbi Furi 2023-12-20T09:19:46Z
PS4
2023-12-20T09:19:46Z
1
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daraghp Furi 2023-06-01T14:10:27Z
PS4
2023-06-01T14:10:27Z
3.5
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iggys_hot_music Furi 2023-02-14T21:12:38Z
PS4
2023-02-14T21:12:38Z
3.0
1
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SinfulSacristan Furi 2022-10-10T22:21:26Z
PS4
2022-10-10T22:21:26Z
4.5
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Convalescence Furi 2022-06-14T17:34:19Z
PS4
2022-06-14T17:34:19Z
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EnterGiusepe Furi 2022-03-27T05:57:09Z
PS4
2022-03-27T05:57:09Z
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Xavon Furi 2022-03-23T23:56:58Z
PS4
2022-03-23T23:56:58Z
4.5
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Ema83001 Furi 2022-03-12T14:55:29Z
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3.5
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lIlllIl Furi 2022-02-14T20:54:32Z
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1.0
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theaziz2001 Furi 2022-01-19T04:55:40Z
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  • irismeow 2021-08-30 01:38:09.938138+00
    i wanna warn that the switch version has some serious frame drops
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  • dmnx 2023-01-24 02:16:20.824513+00
    possible the best implementation of harder/ng+ difficulty in any videogame ever. boss movesets on furier difficulty feel like whole new game and it isnt just "hey bosses now deal 2x damage, screw you". hard, but beautifully balanced.
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  • Convalescence 2023-01-24 12:03:22.222248+00
    dodge timing feels very weird so far, but definitely am getting into it. music goes way too hard
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  • KinugawaKasumiEnjoyer 2023-01-25 08:34:12.122577+00
    game fucks so hard, one of my favorites of all time
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  • iggys_hot_music 2023-02-13 21:31:39.948187+00
    These walking segments are atrocious.
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  • Convalescence 2023-02-19 23:11:10.298385+00
    The positives are quite obvious and plentiful but the downsides are also here in spades. Walking sections suck, even if there is an auto-walk option. Just make them cutscenes. And if they functionally are cutscenes, they’re not very good ones.

    Also i personally have the gripe that different phases of each fight can just be wildly balanced in very odd ways; certain sections either being way too long and tedious or others being disproportionately more difficult than other sections. Feels like a very uneven experience a lot of the time, even if it does feel good to master.
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    • Convalescence 2023-02-19 23:12:52.785672+00
      Especially when a final phases is so much brutally harder. Makes the lead up to it feel super grating and tedious; work through these first 5 much easier phases just to get a chance at this WAY harder section again.

      Boss 4, namely
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  • DomMazzetti 2023-02-27 20:44:24.652007+00
    Need another dozen video essays telling me this is good.
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  • Crazystone 2023-11-23 20:37:29.09879+00
    How you pronounce this?
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    • longestseason 2024-01-25 13:17:51.597897+00
      same as fury
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