Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:13 PM
yes, its the newest one, from late last year.
I picked it up a couple days ago for £10, which includes the epilogue (£8 on its own from PSN). So deal and a half right there.
Pretty good, I quite enjoy the actual platforming, its really easy to string stuff together, but not so simple that its just "hold down X" like in Assassin's Creed. But its lucky that they put Elika (the princess) in, because theres often a moment where the context sensitivity and generally loose and forgiving controls will come and bite you in the arse and you fall to your death cos the game messed up.
I also quite like the visual stylings, though I think think they were a bit off in achieving the 'watercolour painting' look. Valkyrie Chronicles or Okami do it better.
On the downsides, the combat is a bit stilted. Its too difficult to block attacks, because it seems to suggest that just holding down the block button will do so, but if you do that, they will constantly break through and have you on the ground having to do a QTE to escape. And its too difficult to get up a decent rhythm.
Oh, and theres a lot of flying, a la Starfox/pilot wings except that here its 100% on the rails, yet sends you hurtling through a little roller coaster ride without you having any indication of which way its going next. When youve got to avoid pillars during this, it can get a bit tricky and screw you over a couple of times.
Also, the level design as a whole is dictated towards being too easy because you can do the levels in pretty much any order. Yes, theres challenging parts, but that pretty much only the final boss battles/levels, which is a shame. It might have been better to structure it differently so that each of the four areas progressed better, rather than have a hub and picking the levels you want. Or have it adapt as you progress through the game, so that each level has 2-3 layers of challenges which add up as you beat the other bosses.
On the plus side, I believe the Epilogue steps up the difficulty, so Ill wait until thats done before making my mind up.
So on the whole, enjoyable platforming, mediocre combat, being too easy and annoying flying, all because of a bunch of loose gameplay that got through because you can never ever die.
On the whole, its easy to look past the flaws in the game, and see the potential there for the inevitable sequel to be a pretty great game.
Polytetrafluoroethylene to my friends.
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