Easily one of the best and most unique games I've have ever encountered
+Well crafted role-playing elements
+Best skill tree I've seen in years
+Amazing sound track
+Immense freedom with strategy
+Complete new genre
-Worst voice acting in a game I've ever heard (And I like the english VA in S.T.A.L.K.E.R)
-Terrible story. Just skip it. Like, wow.
I first saw this game years ago and thought it was focusing it's efforts too much on being some try-hard, weird niche game. I was wrong.
Sang-Froid creates a whole new genre with a sophisticated collaboration of roleplaying, strategy and action.
The roleplaying allows an insane amount of viability, permitting lumbering melee protagonists or lurking hunters to excel from the well crafted skill tree. Every node you spec into drastically changes the way you play and the impact of the specs are extremely prominent, unlike most games with skill trees.
The surprising amount of strategy lets even the most simple of minds feel like a tactile god as they create their own routes, plans and ambushes which will synergize with the player's chosen skills. There's tons of choices to be made and you never feel like you can blame the game for your bad planning, since there’s an unlimited number of ways to handle scenarios. Do you race the werewolf to the farm and take him one-on-one? Maybe trap him first to weaken him, or lure him with bait into a hanging net or send him on a 5 minute detour around the map due to fire walls. Your strongest weapon in Sang-Froid is your creativity.
The most heart racing moments are when your plans are coming together perfectly and you're desperately hiding, covering your scent and watching from the shadows as an Elder Werewolf crosses in front of you. You'll feel an immense feeling of supremacy as he passes you, yet incredible fragility as a single step would reveal yourself to the werewolf and completely alter the entire plan. Do you use your remaining silver bullets to take on the werewolf? Do you fight him and try to lure him to the hanging net and release it while he chases you? Do you activate your last bonfire to ward off the monster and use one of your few remaining bullets on him? This is the other exciting part of the Sang-Froid: When you need to improvise, which will happen a lot.
There's just too many mechanics in this game, all simple, but work seemlessly with one another, creating one of the most fresh and exciting games I've ever played.
I bought this game on a %90 off steam sale on a whim, but I'd gladly pay the $15 realizing the polish and work of absolute passion put into this game.
Also, you WILL fall in love with middle music after this game.