By Brett Wolfe
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on November 18th, 2016 on Xbox One and PS4, also available PC and Nintendo Switch
Developer: Santa Ragione Publisher: MixedBag Games
I did not know what to expect with this title when I received it. I had not ever heard of these developers and I have never played a game of style. Neither of these traits is a bad thing, there are new developers coming out with new types of experiences all the time. I did have fun with this title. One of the endings that I went through had you run into a former race champion that Lella use to look up to that tasks you with helping him rob a bank and driving the getaway car. Racing from the cops while weaving through traffic was an exceptional experience and was a great story to go through of a downtrodden celebrity that fell out of the spotlight. Or egging on a hitchhiker that is anti-social and causing him to pull a gun on you. Seeing someone start as a throwaway character that you wouldn’t know anything about to a foe of the protagonist was a great turn of the story. However, the game did lose it’s luster. The short gameplay with various endings was a great model at first, but I felt that after getting the ending that differed significantly and getting down to the nitty-gritty dialogue choices that changed outcomes just got boring waiting for those choices.
Overall, Wheels of Aurelia was a fun experience that has some great storytelling and awesome soundtrack. It is unfortunate that the game loses its luster after a while of playing. I personally would recommend picking this title up, but would not rush it. The title is very interesting and is a cool, new gameplay style. It is time to buckle your seatbelt and sit back for the ride!
Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 6.5/10