While it has an art style and general bones that help it to stand out, its gameplay and core combat deflate the experience
There’s something to be said for games with a specific artistic and stylistic concept in mind that then run with them to deliver their vision. There’s no doubt that The Guise has a look that may be a bit simplistic, but there’s an overall vibe to it some people may enjoy. Where the problem lies, unfortunately, is in the play though, which is a bit too simplistic and bland to make much of a positive impression. Your abilities in taking on enemies are generally pretty weak and don’t do the game any favors in building a sense of engagement and excitement, something that far too many other games in the genre deliver far more consistently and convincingly. In the end, it just ends up being a subpar overall experience, and hard to recommend in a sea of more engaging Metroidvania titles.
Justin Nation, Score: