Guts and Glory is not a pretty sight, by any means. It is one of those intentionally low quality (visual wise) titles that use this type of aesthetic to ramp up the absurdity of it all. Like Goat Simulator before it, this tactic works massively in its favor. A pretty game that controls less than great is typically disappointing, but a not-so-great looking game does not get your hopes up, so it can only go up from there. And it does. Across 70+ levels you will go from checkpoint to checkpoint, trying to survive whatever gets thrown at you. And a lot will get thrown at you, figuratively and literally speaking. From buzzsaws to cannon balls, to swinging logs and arrows, there are a lot of ways to get your run ended earlier than you planned. It’s fun to go through these obstacles that are presented in an almost “Wipeout”-esque way.
The level structure is pretty varied as far as the sights to see go, but so is their level of quality and enjoyment. For instance, the first set of levels (A Walk in the Park) are intentionally easy to give you a feel for the controls. Sets like “The Great Outdoors” have great structure all around, while others like “Family Vacation” are inconsistent, featuring some heavily bland and boring levels but also showcasing some awesome ones themed after a theme park. The final set, The Glory Gauntlet, features some of the more complex and engaging levels. So while there is a lot here to explore, don’t expect every level to deliver.
Guts and Glory is a pretty enjoyable title for only $15. While it may look and play like an early access title, it can be really fun at times. Its annoyances are minor, as are its offerings after scratching the surface, but for what it’s worth it’s a great pass n’ play game with a few other friends over and the WTF appeal gets the job done. Fans of Jackass, Trials, and Goat Simulator alike will all find something here that resonates with them.
*Note: A copy of the title was provided for the purposes of the review
Final score: 7/10
+Intentionally Broken in the Best Ways
+Some Challenging Segments
+Some Strong Levels
-Frame Drops and Halts
-Inconsistent Level Sets
-Performance and Controls May Not Please All Players no biggy if not though