Disclaimer: A copy of the game was provided by the developer for this review.
Back in the day, I remember having friends come over to my house on the weekend in order to play Super Smash Bros Melee for the Gamecube. We would spend hours playing the popular fighting game. Then we all got an Xbox and the days of getting together to play video games started to dwindle. Since we all had Xbox Live, my friends and I just stood home and played Halo 2 online. Over the years, we’ve gotten together on occasions to relive the moments of playing Super Smash Bros Melee, but those days are few and far between.
Unnamed Fiasco is a game that benefits from having people to play with via local multiplayer. This is because there are no online modes. The exclusion of online modes is a shame because it really limits the audience. The game is a party game mixed with combat. There are multiple game modes with various objectives that make the overall experience hectic, fun, and diverse. Unnamed Fiasco has a Mexican themed backdrop and a unique gameplay mechanic that increases the chaotic nature of the game.
In Unnamed Fiasco, dying has its benefits. Upon death, a clone of your character appears on the screen and mimics what you did during the previous life. In most games, dying is usually something that could have catastrophic effects. In this game, dying can actually help you win. Up to five clones can spawn (dying 5 times) which means that your opponents will have a difficult time to survive. Since the clones do what you did in the last life, more clones means more bullets flying around the arena. This is bad for your opponents because with more projectiles being launched, intricate maneuvering is needed to complete objectives.
There are multiple game-types including Deathmatch, Capture The Flag, Police Chase, and Treasure Hunt. Each of these game-types feature a different objective. Deathmatch requires players to reach the kill limit in a certain amount of time. Capture The Flag tasks players to touch and hold the flag for as long as possible. Getting hit drops the flag which allows other players to pick it up. Treasure Hunt is a mode where a chest randomly appears on the screen and players must be the first to grab it and score. Lastly, Police Chase chooses one player to be a police officer while the others are criminals. The players who are deemed criminals must evade the player who is a police officer.
Each game-type is fun, intense, and full of laughs. I actually called people up and had them come over to my house for the purpose of this review and had a blast. It brought back memories of getting together with friends and having a great time. This is unfortunately Unnamed Fiasco’s biggest flaw. The lack of an online component limits the game’s audience. While I had people to play with, most players utilize online multiplayer. This is a game that would be a stellar online experience, but with it being strictly offline, Unnamed Fiasco won’t be played quite often in my house because I don’t have many people to play with.
For people that want to play Unnamed Fiasco, but don’t have a way to utilize the various offline multiplayer modes, there are many single player challenges that increase in difficulty. Each challenge features a specific objective. Some challenges are variants to the Capture The Flag game-type while others have a mixture of puzzle solving, platforming, and speed-running. My time with these challenges were fun, but occasionally infuriating due to the extreme difficulty. While the single player challenges were fun, it doesn’t take away from the fact that Unnamed Fiasco is mainly a multiplayer game.
From a visual standpoint, Unnamed Fiasco is simplistic, but not horrible to look at. Each of the character types are diverse and humorous. The level designs are different battle arenas. There’s not much detail in the backdrops of these levels, but with the focus being on the characters and action happening on screen, I never really noticed the environments.
Unnamed Fiasco is a really fun game that utilizes a unique premise in a wonderful way. The game is fresh, cool, and it’s a welcome addition to the Xbox One games catalog. Unfortunately, Unnamed Fiasco is a game that I don’t think many people will play because there are no online modes. The video game industry currently has so many players on Xbox Live that it would make sense for games to feature online multiplayer. The fact that Unnamed Fiasco omitted this feature limits the amount of people who can play and it’s a disservice to the game. I enjoyed Unnamed Fiasco a lot and I hope that other Xbox One owners have the chance to play it, but I think that offline only multiplayer will turn people away from this hidden gem.