Developer: NEOWIZ

  • Price: $11.99 $14.99 (20% Off!)
  • Release Date: Nov 8, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
  • On Sale Through: May 1, 2024 [$11.99]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $11.99
  • ESRB Rating: T [Teen]
  • Mixing together pretty well-implemented traversal, slinging yourself around, a gripping story, and decent but repetitive combat

    I’ll admit that, for me, this got off to a bit of a rocky start, but I relay that information with the quick clarification that once it got going I was pretty satisfied with the experience. The opening is a clever means of both orienting you with the rules and general feel of play while also getting the pretty compelling story rolling… but in small increments it also annoyed me as it felt like it was holding me back from getting to the fun. Moving on to the military base before your mission I felt the same way, with the slow pace of me walking around to “act out” what could have been accomplished in much quicker cutscenes making me impatient. The thing is, once I was finally able to let my chain arm fly and get into the action most of the complaints faded into the background. There’s no doubt that the flow and feel of traversal, swinging yourself around to avoid obstacles and enemy fire, is where the game shines the most. The overall story arc is pretty close behind, even if perhaps a few of the beats felt a bit familiar. Bringing up the rear a bit is the combat, which does present you with challenges, and can be fun, but also ends up feeling more like a necessary task than something fun since it doesn’t evolve over the course of the experience. Within the space it has a little competition like Kunai, which plays out a bit differently as a Metroidvania, but overall if you’re looking for something a bit different this does fit the bill nicely.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.2]

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