Written by someone who did not know the franchise.
Giana Sisters is a game of mechanics, which are quite nice and you can do some pretty crazy stuff with them. There were quite a few moments in which the momentum brought out by the skills precision was both fun and felt rewarding.
The soundtrack is ok. Machinae Supremacy together with the developers managed to create something fun, and not very tiring. However I do wish they could've done some more tracks since in the end you start to tune it out.
The art style is quite nice and it relies on the trope of Flower girl --> Grim world / Punk girl --> Cute world. But in a way I did get all my favorite things in one single personality. PUNK GIANA FOREVER.
Now the bad parts:
- There's a story, but it's as engaging and as complex as a trip to the supermarket.
- The boss battles are quite weak. Not difficulty wise, but gameplay wise. You spend most of the game feeling free while honing your personalities skills to their max, just to get that same freedom taken away. The last boss battle was so frustrating that once I died to him after landing the killing blow I quit the game and just watched the ending. I then felt enraged for wasting over 7 hours playing the last chapter (4 of those in the boss) to be delivered such a weak ending.
- In this day and age, why the hell should I be forced to replay a level in order to get X number of currency/item in order to access the boss level. And worst of all they don't seem to pass over to the following chapters. Usually when this happens I just quit the game, since I hate replaying and I find this a ♥♥♥♥ poor job of extending the game lifespan.
- The last chapter is useless. It's the largest and yet it barely introduces any new entertaning mechanics. However it does force you to master those your core skills, if you haven't done so in the previous two chapters...
- There's barely any enemy diversification.
- If you use a controller, which you should, get ready to deal with the bug that let's your computer start up the screensaver.
In the end, as much as I would like to recommend this game for the core mechanics and the art/sound style, it is a poor title in my eyes. At most get it in a sale and play 2/3 of it for the experience and sheer pleasure of honing your skill as a fireball combo machine.
I did not play the DLC since I was sick of the game by the end of it.
P.S. Played with an arcade stick.