Ah, a Chinese game, treat for the eyes and ears but pain for the brainRain Blood Chronicles: Mirage is a hack'n slash/ platformer game . It offers a beautiful art, great soundtrack but lacks a bit in gameplay.
Apart from the art and OST, game offers and well made characters with their own personality and fighting style. Soul
Soul isn't the brightest person on the world and often uses his muscles to think. His special ability is to turn into cloud of smoke to dodge attacks or move faster which makes him the mobile one from the 2 protagonists. Shang
He is the brain but also and the damage dealer from the 2. His speciality ability is to summon up to 4 blades that he can use to do double jump or make bigger combos.
You can switch between them during the game but they is a cooldown so you must be careful. Also they got their own currency and you need to master them both in order to beat the game on high difficulty Story
Story is nothing impressive : 2 students looking for its mentor and trying to reveal the truth about an evil force. There are the expect twists but one thing worth noticing is that THE STORY IS INCOMPLETE
. It seems that the devs stopped working on the sequel duo to low sales .
Also the english translations are kinda weird at times and make no sense but nothing game/immersion - breaking. Combat
Since most of the game will be spent fighting, you expect the combat to be top notch? Sadly it doesnt really happen here. Still its fun and most combos are easy to execute but only in some combos you are able to change the direction of the attack and at times there is no collision between the models so you may end up slashing the air for a second or two .
Another problem I notice is that lack of "down-attack" . While you can attack left/right/up there is no down-attack so if you crouch and try to hit their knees, you might end up disappointed.
Though the game offers 18combos per character with 2 different styles , having the down attack could easily add another 2-3 combos which could be useful for air-ground attacks. Enemies and Boss Fights
The basic variety of enemies is quite small to it increases with 1 per passed stage. Still every stage adds an unique elements to their attacks which offers quite some challenge on the road to the boss.
Now bosses are serious bussiness. Though its easy to notice what attacks they are going to do, you need to be quick on your feet to dodge it. If you are able to get good with your 2 characters you should be able to beat them with an ease but else you gonna have tough time. Character Progression
The progression is there just to be.... there . You can equip and upgrade items on yourself and unlock/upgrade skills. Nothing else, nothing more. Though it offers some customization it also makes the game feel "grindy" if you want to upgrade the items/skills you love to use. Controls
Before you start the game, you better check the default controls and see are they comfortable for you. Tutorials in the game use default keys regardless what you changed in the settings.
Also the game offer controller support but you have to manual set the controls though the game detects that you have a controller in the main menu, if you dont change the in-game controls, you will stay on 1 spot. Modes
The game offers 5 modes(sadly no online co-op) : Story, Duel and Training are opened at the start but once you complete the story you will unlock : Boss Rush and Infinite Tower .
Story and Train are solo only, Boss Rush and Infinite Tower are for 1 or 2 players and for Duel you need 2 players .
Its a good game but nothing too impressive in it. If you enjoy 2d hack'n slash combat go ahead and give it at try. If you are in for the story you might end up disappointed .Note
: for achievment hunters - at the moment achievment system is bugged and cant be unlocked .Edit
: Achievments can be unlocked with a manual patch that you can download from here
. Credits to Whiteswart.