Justice Sucks: Tactical Vacuum Action Review | Dusty, the friendly vacuum robot who adores his family and helps them wherever he can at a moment’s notice. That also means going to the ends of the earth and doing the unthinkable to protect them, even if it involves murdering and devouring hostile corpses. Welcome to the wonderfully chaotic universe of Justice Sucks. With a range of appliances, hazards, and distractions at your disposal you will take on a variety of level objectives spread across different locations in order to rescue your family and show everyone exactly what happens when you mess with Dusty; and Sexy McClean of course! Whether you’re stopping thieves, defusing bombs, spotlessly cleaning, or making deliveries (to name a few), you play exactly how you want and don’t let anyone get in your way. Justice Sucks has been developed by Samurai Punk and published by tinyBuild to provide us with action-packed chaos where you can score against other players and put your creativity to the test. Make the game yours and help Dusty save his family.
ℹ️ Reviewed on Xbox Series S | Review code provided by PR/publisher.
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What we Liked!
- Different level designs | As you progress through the game, different level layouts are unlocked to give you new features and surroundings to learn. From your house to the cruise ship, fancy nightclub to X and more – I was excited to unlock them to see just how much havoc I could cause to my unsuspecting enemies. Diversity showed up in Justice Sucks, having been designed and created brilliantly to fit numerous fun themes instead of staying based in one location. No one wants one map to play on and that’s not something you have to worry about here.
- Choice of modes | Not only were there multiple stages to play on and learn the layout of but there was also a selection of modes that were available to play to break up the pace, keeping things fresh and not repetitive. I certainly found my place within the clean-up levels that require you to clean up as much blood as possible within a set time limit and ones where I had to kill everyone in a stylish manner. I believe everyone will have their preference and will find their favourite but the variety was necessary to change up the play style from time to time.
- Plenty at your disposal | The environment gives you plenty of opportunities for sabotage and hacking to injure and kill your enemies in the most brutal ways. I found great fun in luring enemies to traps, hiding, and then setting them off sneakily thus leading them to their untimely death. It made countless opportunities and chances possible meaning there was always a different route or approach you could take. Burn, freeze, electrocute – the list goes on but I won’t ruin the fun and surprises. It was great to get crafty and experiment with deadly traps.
- Quirky animated gorefest | The animations of Dusty, the enemy AI, and hackable traps all had their place within Justice Sucks and fitted in perfectly with the fun gameplay. Dusty zooming around and sucking up objects/bodies made me feel empowered with the emotions shown on its virtual face. The enemies running and hunting were sort of comical but their presence was always known; hiding was my best friend! Then the traps all had their own animations that were given enough detail to make me feel the pain they were causing. All in all, everything played out smoothly and sucking up the pools of blood left behind was most satisfying.
- Scoring and progression | At the end of each level, you are given a score that is built up and determined by multiple elements of your gameplay. It did make me try harder each time and it adds a competitive element as you can compare your score to friends of people globally. With scoring and completing levels successfully comes the progression that has been included in Justice Sucks. You can unlock new perks and abilities but, in addition, also improve your boosts to give you advantages. These can either be used to injure your enemies or help your sustainability but they are unlocked gradually over time. The perks also require blood to activate, meaning you can’t just spam them – you have to work for them.
- Comedic scenes | Justice Sucks is undeniably hilarious when it comes to the gameplay and the cutscenes sprinkled between levels. It’s not a game to be taken seriously and if you can’t appreciate the ridiculous and over-the-top idea of a robot happily murdering people to save his family, you’re in the wrong place. The cutscenes show how the story has advanced and what the family is currently contending with by adding subtle humour into the mix of a bad situation to lighten the mood. It is a video game after all. The ragdoll effect when enemies are hit by objects can be amusing to watch. It’ll make you smile and maybe laugh if you get on with the humour.
- Great audio | To further enhance the fun and humorous factors flooding within Justice Sucks, the sound effects and music have a fitting vibe that I noticed consistently over my playtime. Poor audio would have been strange and hard to ignore so I’m happy that the sound effects were frivolous to their linked actions. The music was a little on the quiet side but when I paid close attention to the mood that came with it, I honestly felt like I was on a secret mission that had serious/important moments when the tone became more intense. I can’t complain and think the developers used simple audio that carried the game relatively well considering its entertaining yet violent nature.
- Funky appearance | There is no argument from me that Justice Sucks looks delightfully colourful and catches your attention with bold/clean details everywhere you look; it was exactly what I expected. The appearance is a key element whenever I think about Justice Sucks as it brings the personality of Dusty and Sexy McClean to life, being in your face and hard to ignore the majority of the time. However, the art style itself was something I couldn’t decide if I liked or not, especially when it came to the lack of detail in cutscenes. It worked well with the colouring, that’s not up for discussion. It’s more down to personal preference and what I enjoy in video games. When considering the fun factor from a visual perspective, everything looks great and is entertaining so I can imagine Justice Sucks will appeal to a wide audience.
- Cute and sadistic | Dusty is a one-of-a-kind robot and will go to any length to protect its family and that can mean murdering and consuming everyone who threatens them. That being said, this means Dusty is adorable and devious all in one and undeniably has two sides to its personality. Now, I’m all for cute little robots that are protective but this one takes it perhaps a step too far and is too murderous to be considered even remotely friendly. It’s a video game, I get it. I’m just saying I like that Dusty is part of the family and I like how he hacks objects as a defence mechanism. The sucking up of blood and bodies however is just a little too far-fetched for me and would have me questioning if I would be next if I got on the wrong side of Dusty.
What we Disliked
- No customisation | Yes, perhaps I’m nitpicking at this point but if there are two elements I like in video games it’s the story element and the ability to customise your character. In this case, I would have liked to have been able to play around with the appearance of Dusty. Whether it be changing colours, adding accessories, different animations, or just personalising it a little more to the individuals liking. These could have been unlocked or earned by doing unique things within levels. This a small detail that I would have been happy to see included in Justice Sucks for purely aesthetic reasons.
How long to beat the story | Approximately 4-6 Hours
How long to achieve 1000G | Approximately 6-8 Hours
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If you want a game you have a laugh with that emphasises the murderous behaviour of an innocent robot vacuum, you’ve come to the right place. Even if you haven’t, I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time! There are eye-catching visuals and appreciable audio to go with the mayhem that surrounds Dusty. Kill, defuse, clean, deliver – it’s up to you to keep improving your technique and skills. A brilliant little title that shows incredible potential and more importantly had me enjoying each and every moment.
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Hello, I’m Victoria. I’m from the UK and have been playing video games for as long as I can remember; back on DreamCast. I’ve pretty much fallen for Xbox since I was around eight years old and remember BioShock being my first game on the Xbox360. Although I find it thoroughly enjoyable to not only experience gameplay, I also find comfort in getting lost and engrossed in the online worlds that sometimes differ greatly from what we know. Another side of my Xbox passion would be achievement hunting and gamerscore. I thrive when I hear the little sound of one popping up on the screen and I’m always finding ways to work on my backlog when possible. Horror is my favourite genre so if you have any recommendations, don’t be afraid to send them my way!