Parcel Corps Damaged My Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio Itches

I’ve been passionate about video games for as long as I can remember, and one of the key elements that has always drawn me in is satisfying movement mechanics. Whether it’s the smooth platforming in games like Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario or the exhilarating movement in sports games like Tony Hawk’s and SSX, I’ve always been captivated by games that allow for dynamic and engaging movement. During the heyday of the PS2, these types of games were abundant, but in recent generations, they have been less prevalent.

While there have been standout titles like Bomb Rush Cyberfunk that seek to inject new life into movement-focused games, they are not as frequent as I would like. I’ve had my eye on Skate Story for some time, and after getting the chance to play it, I’m even more excited about its potential. I’m always on the lookout for games that offer unique movement experiences, whether it involves riding a bike or gliding on skates.

When I discovered Parcel Corps during the most recent Future Games Showcase, I was immediately intrigued by its bike-based movement, which reminded me of the iconic style of Jet Set Radio. In my preview of Parcel Corps, I had the opportunity to choose between three different parcel-delivering factions, each with its own distinct style. As I opted for the Wallaby Wheelers, I was excited to see how their bright red and blue aesthetic would impact the gameplay.

The tutorial quickly familiarized me with the bike mechanics, from drifting and braking to performing bunny hops. Although the movement in Parcel Corps initially felt slightly heavier than I expected, I soon adapted to the unique weight of the bike and began mastering the mechanics of grinding on rails and launching off ramps. However, some aspects, such as holding down a button to grind, required a shift in muscle memory from games like Tony Hawk’s.

Beyond the movement mechanics, I was captivated by the charming and tongue-in-cheek nature of Parcel Corps. The mission I undertook involved multiple deliveries within a time limit, evoking a sense of nostalgia reminiscent of classic driving games like Crazy Taxi. The game also introduced additional movement techniques, such as tucking in to gain speed and riding on walls for platforming challenges.

While I initially struggled to master these new mechanics, it left me hopeful for the depth and complexity that the full release of Parcel Corps would offer. I welcomed the challenge and hoped for a gameplay experience that would continue to surprise and engage me.

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