TEST of No Straight Roads: the musical action game that connects the wrong notes

On paper, despite being the studio’s first baby yet unknown Metronomik, No Straight Roads has something to interest. It is indeed designed by Wan Hazmer, lead game designer of Final Fantasy XV, and Daim Dziauddin, concept artist sure Street Fighter V, as well as a whole team of talents of all kinds. But do good developers necessarily make a good game? The answer in our test !

The rock however defended by Mayday and Zuke is only very little put forward.

The basic concept of No Straight Roads is promising, with a gameplay directly linked to the musical universe of the game. We follow here Mayday and Zuke, guitarist and drummer of an independent rock band, who will face the tyranny of No Straight Roads, electronic music mogul who extended his empire over everything Vinyle City, until taking the monopoly of the management of its energy. Failed to The Voice local whose jurors are the bosses of society, they will take revenge and give back its (musical) freedom to the city. Because yes, even if the universe is inspired by dystopias, no one seems too unhappy to listen toEDM in this lively and colorful city, or even to live under the aegis of No Straight Roads.

Beyond its polished cartoon art direction, the world of Vinyle City hardly really catchy. Basically, the main villains have a very limited charisma, including for the villain Tatiana, and the storyline flush with daisies worthy of a Sunday cartoon struggles to be catchy. And it is neither the quick hang-ups to the pasts of the heroes and the final mollasson that will make No Straight Roads an unmissable. Without being horrible to follow, the storytelling doesn’t fly much high, and the stakes aren’t engaging at any point. In terms of form, the animations may be fluid and the universe pop and flashy, the small budget is felt in austere graphics and a world that sounds hollow.

No Straight Roads 27 03 2020 screenshot 1Otherwise, music and sound environment, there is something to be surprised, because rock yet defended by Mayday and Zuke is not highlighted very much. There are certainly rare instrumental pieces of the genre with pretty cool tones, but overall, the majority of the tracks are made up of electronic compositions of all kinds, eyeing up to the drum&bass and the synthwave. Globament, the soundtrack is cool and easily carries us away during fights, including during a successful and fun hip-hop aside. But for a production where music is the main theme, we were entitled to expect more.

The story is not the same on the side of French dubbing, yet so highlighted by Metronomik. Okay, Kelly Marot and Donald Reignoux’s work for the heroes reinforces this cartoonish side of the game, but the fact that these voices have been heard almost everywhere in the past prevents giving a real personality to the title. And, sorry, but when the big villain Tatiana Threatens us with the voice of the voice actor Julia Roberts, it’s not worrying for a penny. For the rest, it’s a bit of a mess: if some bosses are entitled to rather sympathetic speeches, the presence of amateurs like Julien Chièze is heard, especially since the character of the latter is far from being anecdotal. Finally, don’t even pay attention to some of the cast names like Sora the videographer or Seem, brought back just to give three sentences through totally unnecessary NPCs and clearly just placed there to appeal to “celebrities”.

Despite its relatively cool cartoonish and light side, No Straight Roads especially struggles to find its balance in terms of sound gameplay. Even if it can at first glance be taken as an action game with a platform side, to put it simply, it is above all abouta title dedicated to boss fights with scoring. Between each level, we have access to a hub with a few collectibles and inputs for those boss fights, with no trigger or even an action button to activate. The “platform” phases are in all cases poorly managed, with a heaviness in the movements and the jumps which is found in the fights, and especially the decorations empty of interest and interactivity, in spite of the presence of useless objects to observe and the famous doubled NPCs which are useless.

It is above all a title dedicated to boss fights with scoring.

No Straight Roads 27 03 2020 screenshot 2The fight only takes place within the framework of these boss clashes, which begin with a short series of minions to be eliminated through several zones. This first phase goes pretty fast, but lacks interest, even with the timing-based combat system. All enemy attacks are launched in rhythm to the music, and if it is sometimes quite difficult to make the link between the notes and the opposing moves, it is especially necessary to see patterns to be detected to raise your level of play. This mechanism is however more interesting during boss battles, with several phases and often several ways of causing damage.

Melee attacks are not always allowed, but it is possible to send rare projectiles, use parry to return powerful purple attacks, or temporarily animate objects with the power of music . On a unique music specific to the current level, we are therefore entitled to quite rich and dynamic sequences (even a little chaotic sometimes) requiring mastery and skill. The subtlety is that the experience is playable solo as well as co-op, and if you are alone you can switcher heroes at any time. Unfortunately, this does not change much, the classic and special moves of Mayday and Zuke all having more or less the same effect.

The passages are uneven, as much on the pleasure taken as on the difficulty, but there is something to have a good time for players of all levels, nothing more. It is possible to continue after his death without game over by sacrificing his score, and there are obviously several difficulty modes that are gradually unlocked to satisfy everyone. No Straight Roads is still very short, completing in just four hours on your first pass. It is thought to be played and replayed, but with only 6 or 7 levels, some of which lack interest, only scoring purists will find a reason to repeat them over and over, and not necessarily with the enthusiasm that a game with such challenges is supposed to offer. Besides that, upgrades can be bought to diversify our skills, or stickers stuck on our instruments to get bonuses, but the actual difference is minimal.

No Straight Roads head

It is therefore a No Straight Roads in half-tone that we have here in front of us. Universe that sounds hollow and not catchy enough, effective soundtrack, but not unforgettable, narration too light for a gameplay clearly dedicated to adults, rarely fun combat system, and true nature of boss rush encompassed by not the most interesting phases, the title struggles to really put the player in his pocket. If you like cartoon worlds and are passionate about scoring, why not, but for others, the few most enjoyable passages will not necessarily be worth it.

No Straight Roads is available for € 39.99 at the Fnac.

Most

  • The light atmosphere worthy of a pre-teen cartoon
  • Some pretty cool rhythm fights

The lessers

  • The anti-EDM scenario that even the game doesn’t believe
  • The universe struggling to come to life
  • Austere gameplay that brings little fun in combat
  • Very short if you are not scoring shot

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salute from the cable-stayed bridge, hovering above the water Assol and space suits

The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.

The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.


Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country. Photo: Artem KILKIN

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN

The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.


Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast Photo: Artyom KILKIN

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN

And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.

The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.


The hosts of the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Alexandrova Photo: Oleg GOLD

Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!


The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworks. Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD

By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.


But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of Finland Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD

And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.

If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.

Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA

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Soloist Little Big Sophia Tayurskaya shocked with pictures before losing weight

Looking at the soloist of the popular Little Big group Sofya Tayurskaya, it is hard to imagine that this miniature brown-haired woman could have problems with being overweight. However, the 28-year-old singer decided to show how she looked before losing weight.

Sophia Tayurskaya loves to experiment with her appearance. It appears in provocative outfits, demonstrating mouth-watering forms. Fans are often interested in how their pet keeps fit. The other day, the singer made a live broadcast with her followers. The audience once again asked whether the Little Big vocalist has always been such a beauty.

Sophia did not hide and showed bold pictures before losing weight. In a girl in a red ball gown, it is almost impossible to recognize Sophia.

Tayurskaya did not say how much she weighed before losing weight. However, judging by the pictures, she had to lose about 30 kgPhoto: Personal archive

Tayurskaya was born in Irkutsk, from childhood, was engaged in music. In the family, she was the youngest, third child. Her childhood passed in the Arkhangelsk region in a small town Novodvinsk. After school, the girl moved to St.Petersburg.

During her studies, she worked part time, speaking in a cafe and karaoke. In college, the girl was overweight. She could not get rid of extra pounds for a long time. I followed a diet and went in for sports. Gradually, all efforts brought results.


Fans were shocked by what they saw Photo: Personal archive

Fans were shocked by what they sawPhoto: Personal archive

Now the singer’s height is -164 cm, she weighs 54 kg. At the same time, Tayurskaya did not say how much she weighed before losing weight. However, judging by the pictures, she had to lose about 30 kg.

Fans were shocked by what they saw. Many do not hide their admiration for such a sharp transformation of the idol. Moreover, the public noticed that at the beginning of her career, the girl’s head was decorated with a thick long scythe. Now Tayurskaya most often loosens her hair. The singer is a real decoration of the St. Petersburg team.

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Maria Poroshina showed her stretch

Maria Powder is a participant in the 11th season of the show “Dancing with the Stars.” People’s favorite pleases the audience with unusual images. She was already a glamorous diva of the 20s of the last century, and an oriental beauty, and even incendiary danced cha-cha-cha in bold mini and pantyhose in a net. This time, the mother of five children appeared on the floor in the image of a charming policeman.

Maria Poroshina and Evgenia Raeva enjoy wildly popular with the audience of the show “Dancing with the Stars”. The partner of the actress is a titled dancer and choreographer. Of course, without incidents on the floor is not complete. But stars cope with all difficulties for the sake of one goal – victory on the project.

Maria posted a series of photos on her blog. In the frame, she and her partner are captured during the performance of an incendiary number. Poroshina appeared as a policeman, and Raev – in the image of a biker.

Maria Poroshina fell during the show “Dancing with the Stars”

“Having fallen on the floor, I believe we did not fall before your eyes. We are preparing something interesting …”, the 46-year-old actress signed the pictures. In one of the photos she famously threw her foot at Eugene.

Stretching the star of the series “Always say” always “” made a splash. Fans were delighted with what they saw. They supported the star mom and daughters. Seraphim and Agrafena went live to express their admiration for Mom’s talent and convince the judges not to give her low scores.

“It was wonderful! I really liked how my mom suddenly threw her leg up. The stretch is good! Give her good marks … Mom is trying hard!”, One of the daughters said.

By the way, raher Poroshina admitted that very worried before agreeing to participate in the show. But she took up this challenge with her children. “I have five of them. All this is done for them and for their sake. Therefore, I went to dance. Not everything works out, but I tried,” said the actress. In a marriage with actor Ilya Drevnov, she gave birth to three daughters – Seraphim, Agrafen and Glafira. From the first husband of Gosha Kutsenko, she has a daughter, Polina. And in January 2020, the artist had the long-awaited son Andrei. She does not advertise the name of the boy’s father.

Maria Poroshina struck on the spot with her banner

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Malakhov is ready! Maxim Vitorgan “burned” the illegitimate daughter of an 80-year-old father

The director plans to introduce a relative to the public.

The cheerful Sunday morning of Maxim Vitorgan at first was like everyone else, without visible changes in his schedule. Boasting a delicious and rich breakfast, the theater director went about his usual business, but apparently chose today for a special “gift” to the public. Tonight Vitorgan decided to make a resonant recognition of the composition of his already rather big family, “burning” the illegitimate daughter of his 80-year-old father Emanuel Gedeonovich Vitorgan.

The famous actor was married three times and became the father of four children – Xenia, Maxim, Ethel and Clara. However, as it turned out, these were erroneous representations of the public. Apparently, like many other popular stars and legends of show business, such as Vladimir Vysotsky and Spartak Mishulin, the actor did not disdain fleeting connections.

“I invite you today at 8 pm live on Instagram. It will not be a usual live broadcast, it will be with my Setra Inna! She’s a doctor, works in 52 hospitals, which in February was completely redesigned as infected with COVID, ”Maxim said in clear text on social networks.

So far, the public does not know either the surname of Maxim’s sister or age: it’s difficult to make an assumption who is the mother of the half-sister of Maxim, but Andrei Malakhov is clearly ready to not lose this story from his own hands.

Naturally, as is known from publicly available sources, Maxim had only three sisters and not a single one had the name Inna, and now there is yet another native blood.

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Video tribute to Margarit from the world of Culture

The Kings began the atypical Book 2020 day with a telephone conversation with the poet Joan Margarit and a videoconference with the director Instituto Cervantes. The world of culture also offered the Catalan poet a video tribute coordinated by the Ministry of Culture in this rare and virtual April 23, World Book and Copyright Day. Margarit himself opens the video reciting in Catalan and Spanish a hopeful poem: ‘Como las gaviotas / Com les gavines’. Afterwards, friends of the Catalan poet and the Cervantes Prize 2019 participate, who could not receive his award in Alcalá de Henares today from the hands of King Felipe VI due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, offers in the video his congratulations to the “universal poet” whose work reflects “a rich and plural culture”. Editors, authors, booksellers, people from the university environment, many of them invited to the postponed award ceremony, later give an account in the video of their relationship with Margarit and his work. The interventions of Luis García Montero, Lluís Claret, Chus Visor, Jordi Gracia, Juan Cruz, José Carlos Mainer, Pepa Fernández, Rafael Moneo, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Sheila Loewe, Javier Cercas or Miguel Poveda, among others follow one another.

The Kings also spoke by phone with José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, the mayor of Alcalá de Henares, Javier Rodríguez Palacios and the rector of their University, José Vicente Saz.

Culture also had plans to post different posts with Margarit’s poems, his audios, his press appearances and different facets of his career, his relationship with music, his activity as an architect throughout the day.

The traditional award ceremony of the Cervantes Prize is postponed without date, until circumstances allow. Awarded for the first time in 1976, the award is the highest recognition for the creative work of Spanish and Spanish-American writers whose work has contributed significantly to enriching the literary heritage in the Spanish language.

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Sales of Samsung Galaxy S20 started in Russia

According to preliminary results of the first weekend, the number of devices sold in the Samsung Galaxy S20 line exceeded the previous model of Samsung smartphones by more than 50% over the same period last year. Such data leads retailer “The Messenger.” Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S20 started on March 13. There are three device models in the line – S20 (with a diagonal of 6.2 inches), S20 Plus (6.7 inches) and S20 Ultra (6.9 inches). The presentation of smartphones took place on February 11 in San Francisco.

Customers of Svyaznoy prefer the S20 Plus model, it accounted for more than 50% of sales of the new line of smartphones, a spokesman for the retailer said. There is no official sales data for the flagship offline retail yet. The representative of Samsung in Russia, Vlad Brava, assures that by the lunch of the first day of sales, the S20 Ultra model was already sold out in the official online store of the brand: “Compared to last year, we can talk about an eleven-fold increase in user interest in smartphones.”

In salons MTS S20 Ultra is most in demand in black, and S20 Plus in red, buyers, on the contrary, are the least likely to choose, said operator’s representative Alexei Merkutov.

Network “M Video – Eldorado ”prepares pre-orders for the new Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup from February 20, customers could get the device from March 4, company representative Valeria Andreeva said: several thousand customers took advantage of the pre-order option, 40% fell on the S20 model and 30% on the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra.

The start of sales showed a high demand for new device models, says Telecom Daily CEO Denis Kuskov: despite the problems with batteries and screens in the Z Flip model, new Samsung models always create excitement in the market and attract the attention of buyers. The increase in demand may be due to the fact that those buyers who planned to update the smartphone in the near future decided to do it now, without waiting for the price increase caused by the jump in the rate and coronavirus, Kuskov believes.

In January, over 3 million smartphones were sold in Russia – 19.5% more than in January 2019, Vedomosti wrote. For the Russian market, this is an anomaly, Kuskov noted: he explained the growth of sales by 20% by the expectation of delays in the supply of electronics to Russia due to the coronavirus epidemic and the expectation of price increases.

Samsung ranks second in the Russian market in terms of the number of devices sold – 24% (according to TelecomDaily), and until 2018 remained the market leader for several years. At the end of 2018, Huawei overtook Samsung and has since taken first place – 32% of devices sold.

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The Bernie Sanders revolution is measured four years later in Iowa | International

Bernie Sanders, at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.



On Friday, in a sports center in Clive, a suburb of Des Moines, Justin Vernon, the artist behind the successful pop group Bon Iver, ended his concert singing by Bob Dylan that “times are changing”. “There are only a few opportunities in a lifetime to change the course of history. Who knew that Iowa would have that opportunity? ”He said. He did not need to mention the name of the candidate he came to support, who was not even in the city, to detonate the euphoria of the 2,000 congregants. On Saturday, in the city of Cedar Rapids, with the group Vampire Weekend and already with the candidate as headliner, 3,000 people attended. Nothing comparable has been seen in the campaign of the Democratic Party primaries that start this Monday in Iowa (USA).

Bernie Sanders sets the pace in the final stretch of the campaign. Although centrist Joe Biden leads the polls nationwide, Sanders is on his heels across the country and is the favorite in this first test. Only at the events of Donald Trump in the last Republican primaries are crowds comparable to those of the senator recalled. Drag hordes of youth. Enthusiasm is contagious. The establishment Democrat who fears him, young people who support him massively, moderates who only want to avoid four more years of Trump, the entire country will attend the meeting of the Bernie Sanders revolution with voters on Monday, four years later.

After losing the 2016 primary to Hillary Clinton, hiking has expanded. Three years of the Trump Administration appear to have broken some of the barriers that contained the candidate’s potential. Public health for all, minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour (13.50 euros), free university. His proposals, branded as radicals four years ago, are at the center of the debate today. And his ability to beat Trump is no longer ruled out beforehand.

“There is a lot of discussion about eligibility, about which candidate is more likely to defeat Trump. Let’s do a scientific survey, “he suggested to a group of supporters, during a stop at a cafe in the town of Grinnell. He asked them to raise their hands if they considered him to be the best prepared, and he proceeded to declare himself the winner based on “an in-depth analysis of the American electorate.”

But it is true that inertia seems to be on your side. At other candidates’ events, there are voters who supported Clinton in 2016 but who today, with the urgency of defeating Trump, are considering voting for Sanders. Like Blake Miller, 50, who attended a Joe Biden meeting with voters, who supported Clinton in 2016. He has not yet decided to vote, he says, but sees “more energy on the left” and his “only priority” is “Get Trump out of the White House.”

Also at the Bernie Sanders events are voters who succumbed in 2016 to Trump’s anti-system fury and who this year will support Sanders. This is the case of Elric Ekstrand, 22, who attends the Bon Iver concert for Sanders with his sister Chance, 18. “I voted for Trump four years ago because I didn’t like Hillary, and when she was nominated, many of the youtubers Bernie’s supporters I followed convinced me to vote for Trump. I got your message about rooting Washington. But today I think Bernie has a lot of possibilities. “

“And if Sanders doesn’t win, will he vote for the candidate that the Democrats finally choose?”

“It would be a very hard decision.” I don’t want Trump again, but I don’t know if he could vote for someone like Joe Biden.

In the heat of the final stretch, the old ghosts of the past are revived. The specter of the division that weighed down the 2016 primaries cast a shadow over the last days of the campaign. He is resurrected by speakers such as Michael Moore, the 2004 Cannes Palme d’Or winner filmmaker, who lashes out from the stage against the Democratic National Committee for changing the rules of debate so that billionaire Michael Bloomberg can participate in the following . Just as, from the same stage, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib does not hesitate to boo Hillary Clinton, from the popular batch of young people who arrived last year in the Lower House and who, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ihan Omar, became politicized with Sanders and have joined his campaign.

Sanders’ favorite status, in a state he lost four times four years ago, has also made him the object of criticism from other candidates, who fear that a good result in Iowa will trigger a succession of victories that bring him closer to the nomination. “I definitely don’t want 2020 to look like 2016 in any way. The best way to win is the best way to govern: to leave behind the politics of the past ”, said the pragmatic Pete Buttigieg, third in the state survey averages, in an act at a school in the rural town of Anamosa. “Senator Sanders suggests that it is either the revolution or it is the status quo, that there is nothing in between. I am here to remember that we have a majority of Americans, more than when Obama was leading the change. “

Barack Obama’s legacy is the star argument of Joe Biden, who was his vice president and today is a national favorite. He mentions his name over and over again. It works among a certain audience, and that of its actions in Iowa is strikingly greater, but doubts are growing that a simple offer of a return to the past, to a past that ended precisely with the election of Donald Trump, is a message capable of enthusing the country.

Without reference poll

The newspaper survey Des Moines Register It has been published for 76 years the weekend before the Iowa (USA) primaries. It is the absolute reference in a State that is particularly difficult to predict, since voters who reach the final stretch undecided abound, and it constitutes the best thermometer of the vigor of the candidates. But on Saturday night, hours before its expected publication, the newspaper announced in an unprecedented decision that this year it would not be published due to irregularities detected in the methodology. The reason is a complaint from the Pete Buttigieg campaign, which claimed that the name of his candidate had not been included in the call to a voter among the options. Without the benchmark survey, the uncertainty this Monday is even higher.

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