Midnight Ultra – PC Game Review – UT


Just taking one look at this game is enough
to show its uniqueness. The saturated neon colors are pervasive throughout
this indie first person shooter. Midnight Ultra is a tough game to parse through
in many ways, and the plot reflects this. You play as a witch hunter taking out any
cultists they find, but outside of that, the journey is one of a constant state of being
lost. You are thrown from place to place, possibly
transcending reality itself, so one’s only choice is to just run with it. The visuals are eye-catching, but a lack of
color variety can be dizzying when looked at for extended periods of time. You’ll be staring at purple for so long
that it may be hard to play or hurt after a while. Unfortunately, along with the potential eye-strain,
it seems this aesthetic decision also led to some concessions in the game’s design. Most likely to compensate for a lack of readability
of the gameplay at times, the levels are for the most part linear. It’s difficult to get one’s bearings when
some sections of the level can be almost pitch black. To avoid making the situation worse, the levels
are usually a single path through a level with a few arena-like areas. One might say adding various pathways through
a level would help alleviate this problem, but when attempted in a few spots in Midnight
Ultra, it results in a maze-like layout. In these sections I constantly found myself
running around in circles, as the lack of detail and colors made everywhere look the same. The combat holds its own problems. Before playing or after death, one can choose
one gun and one melee weapon and stick with it. There’s a pistol, shotgun, or machine gun
for long range and a bat, butcher knife, or one’s bare hands for close range. The shooting works, but lacks variety and
most importantly, feedback. Restricting the player to one weapon makes
the combat dull after a while since you shoot the same gun at a few enemy types. This could have been mitigated if the guns
had feedback. Shooting a shotgun should feel powerful, but
it’s a light shot sound, and if you hit an enemy they flash. This creates the feeling you are clicking
on moving targets rather than enemies. The melee also has a delay after hitting,
where you must wait a second to hit again. It hurts one’s timing and makes it harder
to use than it should be. The visuals are what attracted me to Midnight
Ultra, but ultimately that was the source of a good chunk of its problems. I believe if the changes to the problems with
feedback were solved, it could help the game greatly. Unfortunately, the art style while captivating
will make it hard for some to play. Aesthetics need to mesh with gameplay to form
a cohesive whole, not restrict each other. Thank you for watching. If you enjoyed the video, perhaps you’d
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