Video Game Review: The Messenger

Details: Played for about thirteen hours. Official site is

Score: 6.3/10

Edit: When I wrote this review, I did not beat the game. I have since beaten it and my review still stands. It’s a fun game, but flawed and mostly appeals to nostalgia. I bumped the score up from 6/10 to 6.3/10.

The Messenger is a game that tries to emulate older games like Ninja Gaiden (for the Nintendo and Super Nintendo era). I started out enjoying the game, but lost interest about halfway because it forces a cardinal sin in video games, which is forcing players to backtrack through levels they’ve already played before. There is a ton of backtracking in this game and after about seven hours of playtime, I just didn’t care about this game anymore.

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