TL:DR? See Conclusion
Zeno Clash is a first-person melee fighting game developed by ACE Team using Valve's famous Source Engine and released on Steam back in 2009.
The story begins with Ghat, the game's protagonist, waking up after being knocked out by an explosion which killed a creature known as Father-Mother who is the leader of a very powerful mafia like family in the small town of Halstedom. The protagonist Ghat is presumably one of Father-Mother's children who turned rogue and ran away from home and is now being pursued by his 'brothers and sisters' (enforcers of Father-Mother). Join him and his companion Deadra in a quest to discover the truth of about Ghat's past and trace back the series of events that led to the explosion.
+ Excellent use of the Source Engine
+ Good fisticuffs (melee) combat mechanic
+ Surreal world and environment
+ Complex but enjoyable story
+ Interesting character, item and monster designs
+ Item variety
+ Good sound effects and voice acting
+ The Devs were probably high during this game's production
+ Challenging difficulties
- Extremely short (4-5 hours game time in my last playthrough)
- Almost no replay value (except for the tower challenge mode)
- Difficult learning curve
- Story is a bit difficult to follow
- Short linear levels (In my opinion, linear games are fine as long as the levels are lengthy and enjoyable)
- No character progression (no armors, level ups or item upgrades)
GOOD GAME. Zeno Clash sports a very unique art style that places you in a very surreal world with a strange geography and is populated by strange creatures all brought to life by the developer's clever use of Valve's Source Engine. The combat mechanics is fun albeit a little frustrating at times and hard to learn however, the items does give variety to the player's fighting style. The game should provide you with at least 4-5 hours of game time with its campaign with an added 'Tower Challenge' if the player wants to test his skills.
I RECOMMEND this game mostly for the experience but the short game time could be an issue, still though, Zeno Clash is a fun game to play. I can't honestly cannot recommend it at full price (even if it is only $10 or your regional equivalent), so getting it on a sale is probably a better idea.
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