Pizza Titan Ultra – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Pizza Titan Ultra
With a slice of nineties Saturday morning cartoons, a sprinkle of Mecha, a hint of Crazy Taxi and a whole lot of cheese, Pizza Titan Ultra is your next combo order.
Set in a futuristic landscape, Pizza Titan Ultra places you in control of a giant robot which doubles as a mobile pizzeria. The third person action is set against a colourful palette, reminiscent of any number of classic cartoons. The pop culture references don’t stop there, with VIP orders coming from Reddit’s favourite TV artist, Bob Ross (or at least a very similar looking fella) and lots of nods to Star Wars.
You’ll smash your way through the city in most levels, avoiding or obliterating a number of enemies who are determined to slow you down. Time is a constant factor here as you are up against the clock – it’s easy to become fixated on smashing helicopters and bothersome ground troops, but neglect your deliveries and its game over. Thankfully, there are an abundance of time boosts and power ups available in each area, all of which combine to make gameplay frantic and largely enjoyable.
Some of those enemies, and at times variations to the landscape such as water, are designed to slow you down. This is when Pizza Titan Ultra is at its weakest. Battering through each landscape, using your Mech to swipe bad guys and deliver pizza is a lot of fun; but the games occasional tendency to hamper your movement becomes a bit of a drag. Likewise, areas in which you have to actively avoid doing damage become problematic, partly because they’re less fun but mostly because the controls lack the precision you need to navigate without stomping on a few houses.
These are small complaints though. By and large, this title is a lot of fun. Having one eye on the timer while zooming from one delivery destination to another and fighting off bad guys is a hoot. The game has a ton of visual charm with eye popping colours and some of the dialogue is genuinely funny (that said, there’s a lot of it – thankfully it’s skippable).
There’s a slew of customisation options which are mostly cosmetic, but some upgrade options become available later in the game which enhance your Mechs’ abilities. Upgrades come easy too, as collecting the required cash is a breeze – just take care not to complete your objective too quickly, carry out a few optional deliveries and you’ll be rolling in cash before you know it.
Pizza Titan Ultra is an enjoyable, mindless romp that suffers from a little bit of repetition. This repetition is broken up by some variations to mission types – some work, others don’t. Thankfully, the design choices which slow you down artificially are brief, and you’ll spend most of the game in a frantic blur of deliveries and destruction. It won’t occupy you for long – completion of the main story takes only a few hours, but there’s plenty of replay value to be had in trying to improve your rating for each area.
Just like real pizza, there’s a lot to like here. Focus on the bits you like, pick off the bits you don’t – Pizza Titan Ultra is worth a slice of your time.
Note to Ed: I deserve a medal for not peppering this review with pizza puns.
Many thanks to Breakfall Inc. for the review code.