While it has some pacing and overall design issues, this paced shooter offers up some refreshing play for the patient
When it comes to shooters of all varieties the Switch has an abundance of riches. So when something comes along that plays a bit differently that tends to make me take some extra notice. Rather than going down a quick and intense arcade path Ritual is more slow and deliberate, though that isn’t to say you won’t quickly get overwhelmed by your enemies. While the level layouts and specifics of each stage vary ultimately the action tends to boil down to you needing to defend the witch you’ve aligned with as she tries to cast her spell. Sometimes you’ll have a building with windows and doors that need to be beaten down before the horde can get to her but sometimes the layout is more open. In each case you’ll need to make the rounds quickly and efficiently, taking down enemies with carefully placed and timed shots to maximize damage. The action tends to be somehow both methodical and intense, and there’s a fair amount of challenge to be had. Unfortunately sometimes the challenge is more aggravating than others as some structures and elements have a tendency to obstruct your way and there are times when the pacing seems wildly inconsistent from level to level. Still, if you’re up for a different take on a shooter that slows things down a little it’s a nice option to have on the console.
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