While the label “Souls-like” has gotten to be a bit overused and trite, there’s certainly a market out there for people looking for games with challenging and engaging combat. Taking that style to an isometric view and with a general core feel of a classic action RPG, Immortal Planet works that tough formula pretty well, setting the table with your fundamentals and then demanding that you leverage them effectively to survive. As you’d expect for this kind of experience the emphasis is on knowing your enemies’ attacks, moving into position to get them to strike, getting out of the way, and then countering. It’s the boss battles that will really make you grit your teeth though, making use of anything and everything you have to chip away at them while avoiding their attacks that are quickly fatal. If you’re down for some intense encounters, though perhaps not a ton of variety, this will deliver.
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