I dreaded this moment for a long time. Zeno Clash. Oh my god, Zeno Clash. I don't even know what to say more. This is the most bat ♥♥♥♥ insane game I have played.
Story takes us to the past (future?) to the Zenozoic. Our hero, Gath, is dead. But he is not, and he killed some being called father-mother, and now half of the friggin world hates him, so he runs away, while having shroom infused dreams of his master which is also dead. And that my friends is not a spoiler. Thats 5 seconds of the game. I won't tell anything more about the story, because for starters its quite good, and besides it doesnt make any ♥♥♥♥ing sence. At all.
Gameplay is as basic as it gets. We are running around in beat em up style, throu the linear levels and kicks everything until it stops moving. Here and there we will encounter some kind of diversity (which boils down to doing exacly the same thing, but with weapon). Its a classic beat em up with fps POV. Thats the whole shmuck here! That being said, ZC is HAAAARD. First stages are quite easy, even on harder difficulties, but after about hour in, when all of our moves are unlocked to us (and to our enemies), it gets really insane. AI is really good, it tries to play on our disadvantages by ganging up on us, dodging, blocking, all that kind of stuff. Even weapons can't help us, when we have low health and we get surrounded. And don't even get me started on the whole "tower" thing (its basically a survival mode), when they really got carried away with difficulty spike.
Graphics... dear lord. Okay, for starters they are really colorful and pleasant for the eyes. We rarelly see any colorless or featureless NPC's or areas. The textures are really well done, sharp and neat, even thou the game is quite old. But then comes the models itself, and the game breaks itself. I mean, jeez, dev team of ZC feed on shrooms and drinks it with liquid LSD or something. Design of most places, NPC's, backgrounds, everything is bizzare and for the most part, ugly as hell. Imagine a person with american football shape head, big ears and nose, and torso the size of half of his head. And thats the most "plain" look anyway. My god, we're they doing some heavy drugs while developing this. And the whole game is like that.
Music is nice. They are upbeat loops, invigorating us to kick some bizzare ♥♥♥. Here and there we can also hear some slow, almost depresing tunes, mostly in cases of "despair" of our hero. Music TBH is the most powerful aspect of the game whatsoever. Sounds are also nice. Punching sounds natural, groaning sounds natural, and the "vs" screen have this little "pow" sound which gives a vibe of an epic fight.
This game is quite honestly really well made. They mixed dead genre with new and modern look, gave it nice story and great gameplay and throwed in. I would definitely reccomend this game to all peeps who loved arcade beat em ups. And to those, which loves bizzare, almost surreal feel of the game. If you dont like those thou, you probably would like to spend your cash somewhere else. Besides, the game is quite hard, and definitely not for ones with slow reflexes. Nevertheless, its worth having Zeno Clash in your library. At least as long as you have patience to beat it.