My Friend Pedro flips out on June 20th

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Acrobatic bullet-time platformer My Friend Pedro is simply two weeks away, after over 5 years in improvement. I’ve been maintaining a tally of DeadToast’s snazzy-looking shooter for some time, as its animated GIFs and trailers are all the time a pleasure, that includes a gleeful array of acrobatic methods to shoot a dude. Shoot them whereas kickflipping off a skateboard, hanging the wrong way up from a rope or with bullets ricocheted off a frying pan you kicked twenty ft into the air. It’s Max Payne by means of Cirque du Soleil, and lands on June 20th. See a recent and oddly banana-scented trailer beneath.

The game’s title comes from the titular Pedro, who’s a floating banana that solely you may see, and retains speaking you into taking pictures dangerous guys. So, not essentially the most lethal critical of games – someway I doubt we’ll see any tortured Max Payne-ian monologues right here. What we do get is physics-driven platforming and slow-mo fight, with a heavy emphasis on acrobatics. Flips and pirouettes bridge the gaps in your routine as you dodge bullets, and your weapons may be aimed symmetrically if you wish to pump lead into two villains without delay. It appears like nice enjoyable, actually, and my solely concern is that the environments appear a little bit bland.

Judging by the previous trailer, there’ll be a very good vary of baddies to shoot, from generic tracksuited Russian Mobster stereotypes to sci-fi troopers, armoured knights and the occasional mech. The timing of My Friend Pedro’s launch feels a little bit uncommon to me, coming not lengthy after Katana Zero did a lot the identical, solely with a sword. Both games have copious use of bullet-time and bullet-deflection programs, and even motorbike chase ranges. If they weren’t each printed below the identical banner, they’d be lethal rivals, however I really feel that there’s room for 2 to do the bullet tango.

My Friend Pedro hits Steam on June 20th, prices £13.17/€14.27/$16.99 and is printed by Devolver Digital. If you don’t thoughts dusting off Flash, you may play the unique, five-year-old browser prototype of the game here on Armor Games.