A new breed of WARRIOR returns, committed to destroying the enemies of FREEDOM When ONE angry man, has a world to protect - There is only ONE future – HIS OWN No-nonsense hero Marlow never shied away from danger or trouble. But now he faces his ULTIMATE challenge.
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Cumpără Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death

 

Recenzii

“Marlow Briggs is entertaining and wonderfully paced game.”
7/10 – GameSpot

“Marlow Briggs is nearly impossible to dislike.”
7/10 – Polygon

“GAME OF THE MONTH”
5/5 – Pixel Perfect Gaming

Despre acest joc

A new breed of WARRIOR returns, committed to destroying the enemies of FREEDOM
When ONE angry man, has a world to protect - There is only ONE future – HIS OWN

No-nonsense hero Marlow never shied away from danger or trouble. But now he faces his ULTIMATE challenge. After crash-landing in Central America, he has an industrial evil to defeat whilst bound to an ancient Mayan Death Mask who’s had no-one to talk to for 2000 years. Another day at the office only this time Marlow is PUSHED TO THE LIMIT , his sweetheart has been abducted, the bad guys are making up their own rules and only one man can judge them – and EXECUTE THE SENTENCE .

Fearlessly fighting through Mayan temples and towering valleys, monstrous machinery, nothing, but nothing, will stand in the way of this bad ass warrior, his girl and the crushing of all opposition.

They told him to go to HELL, he was DEAD ready!!!

With cliffhanger over the top action and cinematic gameplay, Marlow Briggs takes inspiration from the best of blockbuster films, comic book heroes, and action games with its focus on relentless high-octane combat, exotic and danger filled environments and epic set pieces.

• Fight the enemies of FREEDOM with stacks of awesome combos and magic abilities,
• Single handedly destroy HUNDREDS of enemies
• Deploy MIGHTY weapons of destruction
• Leap out of HUGE EXPLOSIONS in slow motion
• Reveal the DEADLY secrets of the Mayans
• Save the ENTIRE planet

Cerinţe de sistem

    Minim:
    • SO: Win 7
    • Procesor: 2ghz dual core CPU
    • Memorie: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafică: AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series and up / NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series and up - excluding mobile variants
    • DirectX: Versiune 9.0c
    • Stocare: 3 GB spațiu disponibil
    Recomandat:
    • SO: Win 7
    • Procesor: 2.5ghz quad core CPU
    • Memorie: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafică: AMD Radeon HD 4850+/5750+/6750+ or NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250+/450+/650+
    • DirectX: Versiune 9.0c
    • Stocare: 3 GB spațiu disponibil
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theunrealist
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Postat: 25 iunie
Played this game with a friend years ago and finally re found it. Dialog is easily the best part of this game. Don't normally play hack and slash games, but 10/10 would Chu Chu again.
retrogomagomes
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Postat: 24 iunie
I've played this game for about half an hour and saw like 50 big explosions, learned how to throw energy daggers at enemies and how to do a fire blast to beat the sh*t out of everything that's on screen, fought building sized machines and big as* insects. This game is like a walk into a 80's action movie with twice the cheesy dialog, explosions and beating. I think I even saw the ground exploding at some moments.

The main character is a badass fella that looks like a Kratos + Terry Crews son. The plot is as chiché as it could be, rescue your girlfriend from a big corporation villain boss with a assassin/ninja henchgirl and sh*tloads of gun for hires. Beat everything that moves (and boxes) until you find your girl and that's it.

Also for it's size, the game have nice graphics, good sound effects and the controls are very smooth. The only minor thing is the câmera angle which is automatic, you can't rotate it manually. But that's ok, I got used to it in few minutes.

10/10 I would recommend it for everyone who likes action hack'n slash games and cheesy action movies. And all of this for only 3 bucks.
amikros
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Postat: 22 iunie
Buy for:
-explosions
-jokes
-spectacular jumps
-great-scale sceneries
-lots of exploding helicopters
-a black hero and an Asian villain
-pre-Columbian prophecies
-fire
-giant scorpions to mount
-explosions
-gargantuan mining machinery
-huge bosses
-traps and platforms
-mini-puzzles
-several weapons and magics
-bonus stages
-4th wall breaking comments
-explosions
Buddhakingpen
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Postat: 20 iunie
Well executed enough god of war clone with a good sense of humor.
Juma
( 6.9 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 19 iunie
So, you didn't like the new god of war? No worries, you have this game!

Btw we need a sequel pls!!!
B.Fraga
( 8.6 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 15 iunie
Good hack and slash game with a very good sense of humor, besides the cutscenes are awesome!
MUTANT OVERLORD
( 9.8 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 28 mai
I played and finished both God of War 1 and God of War 2 from HD collection on VITA.
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I can easy say that "Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death" is the best God of War.
Its kinda funny actually.
Its have better combat, less annoying QTE and puzzles, interesting areas and story, more likeable hero, better checkpoint system, humor that makes you keep going and it is done with a style (cutscenes).
The game is 10 hour long which is not too long, not too short. Just enough to not get bored with it, unlike I got with GOW2.
Kyriarch
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Postat: 23 mai
"I've never seen so many horrible tentacles."

"If we live through this, remind me to show you some stuff on the internet."


10/10
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Postat: 11 februarie, 2014
In ultimele zile am reusit sa pun mana pe un joc care m-a atras, mai mult din curiozitate, in ultimele saptamani, cand am vazut niste filmulete de prezentare pe Youtube. Este vorba despre Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, un joc de actiune hack and slash, 3rd person in stilul God of War, sau Darksiders 2, produs de ZootFly si distribuit de 505 Games. Imaginile din prezentare aratau bine, dar un lucru mi-a dat de gandit, pretul scazut al jocului, de 14 euro, mult sub media acestor tipuri de jocuri. Impresia de la inceput a fost ca e un joc slabut, dupa intro, dar ♥♥♥ a inceput gameplay-ul mi-am schimbat opinia. Este un joc extraordinar, face toti banii, chiar si mai mult si inca ma tine conectat.

Povestea

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death este ca un film de actiune, povestea este asemanatoare cu productii cinematografice de categoria B, filme ce au in centru actori precum Jason Statham sau Silvester Stallone. Marlow Briggs, personajul principal, este un pompier musculos ajuns in America Centrala intr-o vizita la iubita lui, cercetatoare arheologica. Cei doi au parte de doar cateva minute impreuna, caci seful sitului, un psihopat avid de putere, o forteaza pe domnisoara sa lucreze in gasire unor artefacte care ar trebui sa-i confere puteri magice. Pana acum totul este clasic filmului de actiune, insa actiunea ia o intorsatura spre fantastic cand Marlow este ucis cu o arma descoperita in sit, fapt care trezeste la viata Mask of Death (Masca Mortii), un spirit razboinic, care il reinvie pe Briggs, anuntandu-l ca el este “cel ales” si-i confera puteri supraomenesti. Eroul nostru pleaca in cautarea iubitei, distrugand totul in cale si invatand abilitati noi cu fiecare misiune indeplinita. Totul pare un cliseu pana acum, dar cei de la ZootFly au reusit sa salveze povestea prin intruchiparea intr-un mod plin de umor a personajelor. Marlow are replici haioase in legatura cu tot ce se intampla, un umor simplu si bun si auto-critica. Masca, care il urmeaza peste tot este un fel de Jim Carrey, fiind foarte vorbareata si plina de replici taioase, ca deh, n-a mai vorbit cu nimeni de 2000 de ani si se plictisea.

Gameplay

Avand in vedere ca Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death este un joc de actiune hack and slash trebuie sa ne asteptam sa avem la dispozitie o multime de taste menite sa execute multe miscari si scheme de actiune. Asa este, dar totul este intuitiv. Eu am jucat si pe tastatura si am testat si controllerul, pentru ca este disponibil in joc. De pe PC este relativ simplu, poti folosi doar tastatura sau combinatie tastatura + mouse, eu am ales ce-a de-a doua varianta, iar tastele de care am avut nevoie au fost WASD + E, F si SPACE si numerele cand schimbi armele, iar din mouse am executat schemele de bataie, folosiind click stanga si dreapta pentru atac direct si alternativ si click pe scroll pentru un atac cu un fel de energie, la distanta. Unele scheme necesita apasarea repetata si de 5 ori a aceleiasi taste, dar totul merge de la sine si daca apesi la nimereala. Cu controllerul e si mai simplu, tastele sunt mapate clasic si jocul ii foloseste toate functiile, ceea ce e extraordinar.

Avem de-a face cu un joc de actiune/aventura 3rd person, in care nu poti controla camera. Exista momente cand camera nu este centrata ♥♥♥ trebuie si scapi din vedere personajul care poate pica in prapastie sau se bate in afara campului vizual. Nu m-a deranjat prea tare acest lucru, caci de fiecare data cand mori, Masca are cate o replica taioasa, punandu-ti sub semnul intrebari abilitatile, razand de tine cand mori, avand o remarca sarcastica despre ce doreai sa faci sau despre masculinitatea ta, ca si personaj.

De-a lungul jocului va trebui sa combini abilitati de lupta cu dexteritate in evitarea obstacolelor sau acuratetea unor sarituri de pe o platforma pe alta. Actiunea se petrece intr-un ritm extrem de alert, ceea ce m-a atras. Inamicii sunt de putine feluri, insa vin di nce in ce mai multi si nu te plictisesti. In plus, in fiecare parte a jocului vei primi anumite misiuni speciale care te vor face sa incerci de mai multe ori aceasi misiune pana iti iese ♥♥♥ trebuie. Sunt si momente cand trebuie sa iti folosesti inteligenta ca sa rezolvi anumite puzzle-uri si sa scapi din situatii dificile.

Printre adversari se numara muncitori si luptatori de gherila, apoi animale fantastice sau oameni posedati de spirite malefice, in functie de zona in care esti. Ce mi-a placut in timpul luptelor este faptul ca poti folosi aproape tot ce ai in jur, butoaie, cutii si explozibil, dar si mediul inconjurator. De exemplu, pe platforme poti inhata inamicii si sa-i arunci de pe margine, scapand astfel rapid de ei. De asemenea, arma cu care esti echipat are abilitatea de a bara/respinge atacuri, iar atunci cand esti atacat cu rachete, le poti bara si chiar crea un ricoseu, intorcand-o asupra atacatorului. In anumite locuri din jungla te vei trezi atacat de paianjeni sau scorpioni, mai mici la inceput, dar chiar si de dimensiuni mari, iar o abilitate care mi-a placut a fost ca, atunci cand reusesti o combinatie de lovituri asupra animalelor mari si le ametesti, poti folosi tasta E pentru a te urca pe aceasta si a o folosi in lupta.

Eu am jucat Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death direct pe nivelul dificil, lucru intelept si va recomand sa faceti la fel. Nu este imposibil de jucat astfel si vei beneficia de toate elementele posibile, oferindu-ti 8-10 ore de gameplay extrem de rapid si antrenant, lucru rar intalnit la jocurile single-player de acum, ceea ce il face si mai atractiv. Problema cu astfel de titluri este ca odata ce l-ai terminat e putin probabil sa-l rejoci, trebuind sa faci aceleasi lucruri din nou.

Grafica si sunet

♥♥♥ am spus la inceputul articolului, video-ul de la inceput te induce in eroare, fiind de slaba calitate, insa jocul arata foarte bine. Grafica este surprinzator de buna, in lupta mediul nu devine haotic si esti constient de ceea ce se intampla in jurul tau fara probleme. Schemele executate sunt la viteza normala, dar se observa usor chiar si inamicii aruncati in sus si care pot fi loviti chiar si in aer. In lupta ai posibilitatea sa executi o lovitura mortala, iar acestea sunt derulate in slow motion, din nou placute la vedere, in stilul Assassin’s Creed. O chestie care nu mi-a placut prea mult a fost in 3-4 momente ale jocului, cand am terminat o bataie cu un “boss”, atunci cand executi fatalitatea, imaginea se opreste, oferindu-ti cadre statice, vazute din mai multe unghiuri, un super slow-motion, care parca este mult prea incet, aproape ca in poze. Nu arata rau, sa nu ma intelegeti gresit, dar parca nu se imbina bine cu actiunea rapida de care ai parte in 99% din joc.

Sunetul nu m-a impresionat prea mult la prima incercare, dar cand am incercat jocul pe controller, conectat la televizor, pe Steam, totul s-a schimbat. Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death profita la maxim de capacitatile 7.1 ale sistemului de sunet si iti da impresia de film. Dialogurile sunt bune, pline de umor, dar pot deveni repetitive in unele momente. Sunetul de fundal este excelent, nu te disturba in joc, ceea ce m-a surprins in mod placut.

Concluzie

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death este un joc surprinzator de bun, iar, avand in vedere pretul scazut, este in acest moment un best-buy pentru nisa actiune-aventura. Nu am vazut de mult un titlu asa de ieftin care sa ma tina conectat mai mult decat un joc prezentat ca un AAA, dar care dezamageste din multe puncte de vedere, spre deosebire de titlul dezvoltat de catre ZootFly. Gameplay-ul mi-a oferit aproape 10 ore de actiune intensa, extraordinara, lucru rar intalnit in aceste zile. Pot spune cu mana pe inima ca Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death este poate cel mai bun joc pe care l-am testat in ultima perioada, m-a surprins in multe aspecte si il recomandam cu placere.

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Every once and a while there comes a game so revolutionary, so full of ambition and creativity and with such flawless execution that they forever change the medium and shape it for years to come. They are the games that we remember decades after their release, and that continue to be cited as inspiration for new games long since we first revered at their brilliance. And then we have Marlow Briggs.

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is not a revolutionary game; it does little if anything unique borrowing heavily from games of yore without ever outdoing them in its own right. It's not the most polish, it's production values are noticeably low, and has some truly aggravating design decisions. But none of this matters because despite being formulaic and shallow Marlow Briggs is unquestionably a blast to play. If ever there was such a thing as a B-game this is it, and what ridiculous amounts of fun it is.

As the curtain rises we find Marlow Briggs, aka "the man with large hands", arriving to visit his archaeologist girlfriend on a digsite she has been working at lately. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, the operation is in fact being run by a maniacal psychopath possessing godlike magic powers and an army of mercenaries to back him up. Marlow doesn't like this, but before he can take three step towards the door he's sent on a one way trip to Xibalba and his girlfriend kidnapped. Cue flashing lightning and a talking mask and Marlow is reborn as the sacred warrior, hero of prophecy destined to save the sacred land that has been disturbed by the militias presence.

It should be noted that all of this plays out in the span of about 60 seconds, at which point you are tossed straight into the action. This isn't a game that takes itself seriously; not remotely. The plot is absolutely absurd and the dialog cheesy beyond compare, but Marlow succeeds because it knows it's silly and revels in being as self-aware and goofy as possible as it jumps from setpiece to setpiece with little regard to exposition or the mounting continuity errors. This is a game that wants you to laugh with it not at it, with excellent (for what it is) writing and spot on delivery that made it impossible for me not to enjoy myself, grinning the whole way through.

When Marlow and the Mask aren't cracking jokes they're smashing in skulls. It's impossible to ignore so to put it bluntly: this is a God of War clone. Right down to the distinctive way you open chests- er, collect skulls, it plays identically to Sony Santa Monica's lovechild but that really isn't a bad thing. While it isn't as refined as that series, this is a comparable action game with some highly satisfying combat and impressive bossfights. It's nothing new, but it works well for the game and more than solid, with my only complaint being a large amount of overpowered enemies and occasionally getting locked into an animation.

Mixed together with the melee arena combat are a plethora of action movie moments such as shooting down helicopters with a mounted turret, and some light platforming and puzzle elements. The variety is great and helped alleviate much of the monotony that otherwise would have occurred from a strictly combat focus through the 6-7 hour campaign.

While it won't win any graphics awards, this is actually a rather decent looking title. The environments in particular have a lot of detail put into them, and when the camera pans out for a vista it's a gorgeous site. For a budget title it's pretty impressive, but what I thought was most clever was how instead of using costly animation for the cutscenes, the majority are instead done as freeze frame 3D stills that the camera then slowly sifts through, using dynamic angles and purposely placed obstructions to allow for the scene without you actually seeing them do it. It's a neat idea and I have to applaud the developers for their ingenuity, even if it's a little jarring at times.

I'm not sure how many more ways I can say it at this point; Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is plain uncomplicated fun. In the same way a dumb summer blockbuster is enjoyable, Marlow doesn't need to be original or perfectly polished to be entertaining. It's a nonsensical adventure that I think almost anyone could enjoy if they can give it a chance, and quite frankly is some of the most fun I've had with any video game in a long time.

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i thought this game was a basketball game
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If you ever played God of War and then you think to yourself "Oh man, I wish I could play as a black guy with ancient shaman powers who wields a shapeshifting scythe, have to master the four elements, save his girlfriend from being kidnapped and save the world while there are explosions everywhere!".

Then this one's for you.
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It's like God of War meeting Cory in the House
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What. The. ♥♥♥♥.
Seriously: what the ♥♥♥♥?
Why is this game a very decent God of War clone?
Why does the combat feel weightier than most God of War clones?
Why does the writing make you laugh, both intentionally and unintentionally?
Why does James Hong voice act in this game?
Why does this game run so well on my rig?
Why aren't there more B-movie, blacksploitation games?
WHY THE ♥♥♥♥ IS THIS GAME GOOD?!
And when does the sequel come out?!
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I usually write up big reviews but you should only look at Marlow's smile at the preview pic. Doesn't feel like buying it yet? Look at it again, then again...you'll feel like buying it sooner or later.

This game is so good that I'll ♥♥♥♥ing buy ten copies at it at the holiday sale and give em to random people.


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Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is a fast-paced third person hack'n'slash game by Slovenian developer ZootFly which didn't catch a lot of attention among PC gamers at its release. Making use of pretty much all of the popular clichés, the game is filled with mindless over-the-top action, tons of explosions and hilarious puns without ever taking itself seriously at any point.

The story proves this instantly: Your girlfriend translates ancient scripts for a rich company mogul somewhere in Central America. You visit her and she explains to you how her boss is up to no good because he wants to perform a ritual that would make him a powerful god and ruler of the world. So you try to take here with you back home, which her boss obviously doesn't like, so he gets you killed with an ancient scythe, not knowing that it is imbued with power that resurrects you and summons the Mask of Death, your new companion on your path to rescue your girlfriend and stop the bad boss.

The game is based on ZootFly's own proprietary, multi-platform engine called ZEN, which doesn't really provide any PC graphics options other than resolution, fullscreen and brightness. That's a shame because the game could've definitely used some AA, which would make the colorful and detailed enviroments look even better than they already do.

While the level design as such is pretty linear, which tends to get boring after a while in a lot of games, ZootFly actually managed to add quite a lot of variety to it. Throughout the game you will encounter combat arenas, puzzles, deadly death traps, quick-reaction minigames, turret sequences and even some top-down shoot-em-up action. This sounds like a weird mix of gameplay elements but is incorporated extremely well into the game, so you never have the feeling that it is out of place.

Combat and controls are exactly like what you would expect from a game like this. Throughout the story, you get access to 4 different and upgradable weapons, each of them with a variety of combos to deliver maximum damage. Additionally, by defeating the ancient gods of fire, earth, water and wind, you unlock their devastating ground attacks, which can help you out of tricky situations or simply cause widespread carnage when facing many of the varying enemies at once.

The puzzle elements in the game mostly consist of moving blocks on trigger platforms or flipping switches to open doors and while they never are overly challenging they actually provide a welcome change to the otherwise extremely fast-paced gameplay, so you can take a short break from all the action.

Usually, with a low-budget title like this, the soundtrack and voice acting are two of the things where the developer tries to save money. Surprisingly enough, the soundtrack is actually pretty decent and, paired with the level design, builds up a really good atmosphere. While the dialogues are a bit cheesy at times, the voice acting itself is good and fits perfectly to the game characters, especially to Marlow and the Mask, who are constantly teasing each other verbally. That makes for some hilarious puns even in the weirdest situations. For example, while you are climbing a stone wall that is about to collapse and kill you, you are arguing with the Mask about who is whose sidekick in this game.

With around 8 hours of playtime for the story, the game provides an extremely decent bang for the buck and if you want to test your skills further, you can give the Challenge mode a shot where you replay the minigames from the story to achieve better scores and times to rank up in the online leaderboards.

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is cheesy. It's mindless. It's over-the-top action. But that is exactly what makes the game so enjoyable and so much fun and it's great to see some developers going bonkers with their games without trying to be serious, dramatic or mature. If something like this is right up your alley, make sure to check the game out!

Oh, did I mention that you can ride giant scorpions in the game?
Because you can!
FRIGGIN' GIANT SCORPIONS!
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It's God of War, starring SOME GUY

And it's awesome.
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Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is a third person hack and slash, action adventure that is probably the closest thing to God of War on the PC. It is fantastic game in general, let alone the budget price. It has over the top action, which means plenty of explosions and crazy moments like Marlow hanging from a helicopter and he needs to dodge left or right. The game plays great, the graphics are amazing. The camera will zoom out for you to see beautiful vistas, foreboding caverns and giant industrial complexes. There is a scope and scale to this game. You can be so tiny in a grand complex and you feel it. The game really shines with its gameplay diversity. You won't just be hacking and slashing. There are fun turret sections, plenty of not too difficult platform traversal, climbing, swinging, running from boulders, pushing objects, sliding down areas, working turnstile levers and even playing a top down vertical scrolling shooter. These other elements bring a lot of diversity to break up the brawling.

The story is simple and so bad its good. You're Marlow, visiting his girlfriend in a remote jungle, so she can quit her job working for an evil madman bent on immortality. To show her he means business, he kills you right then and there to kick off the game. Marlow gets killed with a magical artifact and the mask of Death resurrects him. So now with crazy magical powers, Marlow must save his girlfriend. The mask will guide Marlow along the way. There is a lot of humor between Marlow and the mask. Its not a comedy game, but has dabs of humor here and there. Marlow Briggs knows how implausible the situation is and doesn't always take things seriously. The mask is there to aide and taunt Marlow when he dies. To show the game's humor, the antagonist is named Heng Low. He makes some great announcements throughout the game, such as, "all personnel, go grab a gun. There's a nice reward for killing Marlow Briggs. You can use that reward to pay for the weapon rental." Oh and "All employees are fired, please avoid flaming death traps and bottomless pits on your way out."

The core game play is simple. You can move, double jump, weak attack, strong attack, grapple, block, roll in any direction with the right analog stick, use magic by pressing two buttons and change weapons with the D-pad. Marlow will get four weapons throughout the game. Each weapon has a different speed, range and damage, but for the most part they are pretty much the same. When he attacks he'll swirl around, causing beautiful death. Its visually appealing. There are four spells to earn. A fiery meteor shower in a circle, earth spikes in a straight line, frost to freeze a radius of enemies and a storm. Every enemy gives you experience to upgrade your weapon and magic levels. It seems like every spell depletes all your mana. Luckily each dead enemy brings you health and mana. There is plenty of mana, health and experience around each level. You just need to hold a button to absorb it, so if an enemy is around, they can keep you from getting them. Enemies can be grappled and thrown, but more interesting, they can be converted, making them fight for you! Your block can reflect projectiles if you time it right and you have magical projectiles of your own.

It is all a nice system, made even more enjoyable by a wide cast of enemies. The standard soldiers don't use guns, just machetes since this is a hack and slash. Rocket launchers that need you to reflect. Riot troops that need to have their shields knocked away with specific attack combos. Bugs that can be easily squashed. There are plenty of mini bosses that show up in the game. First they get their own fight, but then they appear later as common enemies. When most of the mini bosses get weak, you can hop on and control them. Not like the conversion, but rode. You can ride a giant scorpion and control it to kill enemies. You can ride giants the same way. The visual is better than the actual fun. I could kill the enemies a lot quicker without being on top of slow lumbering giants.

Speaking of giants, then there are the game's big bosses. The bosses so big that you're as tall as a single eye. Each big boss has many parts and they're quite memorable. Its all simple pattern recognition though so its easy enough once you figure out the pattern. The only problem is that you don't do much damage. At the end there is even a quick time event or mash the grapple button.

You have NO control over the camera. It is always carefully placed and follows you well enough. I only had a problem with that once or twice in the whole game. The load times are hid. I didn't notice one at all unless I came back to a save. Dying has a really quick reload time to the point its just a quote, then you respawn from the last frequent checkpoint. Its so nice to be back in the action.

To keep things interesting, there are challenges in the game. Things like you're sliding down a hill and need to move left and right. The challenge is collecting all the experience orbs! Don't collect them all? You can restart or just keep playing. You can kill all the helicopters in the turret section or the town down shooter section. It adds an extra level of challenge to what would be an easy game on normal (medium) difficulty. Even though the game stays the same level of difficulty, the later areas just take longer. Bigger enemies take more damage. Puzzles take longer.

Other elements in the game have players jumping between three mine carts to avoid obstacles. Floating with angels wings between platforms. Swimming through a swinging guillotine river. Climbing wall vines, killing worms. Inching with Marlow's back to the wall to avoid either falling or gears. Clinging to cliff sides. Dodging flaming wrecking balls. Turret shooting the pistons on a giant lava scooper as you ride around a cart. Getting chased by helicopters. Seeing giant scorpions get crushed by huge boulders completely unscripted. Escaping under a door by rolling just before spikes crushed the enemies in the room. Fighting enemies on a helipad as it flipped and flew through the air. Seeing the giant facility Marlow is in was really mobile with treads.

It all feels like a high budget game in a lot of ways, but lacking in a few, especially the cut scenes. There aren't many animated cut scenes, but the majority of the scenes are fly around of scenes. Its like bullet time. You'll see a still frame circling around Marlow as he's hacked through a flame throwing soldier. As the camera swings around, it will reveal a helicopter. Then Marlow leaping from the copter, only to swing around and show Marlow slashing through an insect. I'm happy that the cut scenes are the worst part of the game, especially since they're skipable. They spent the time in the animation, character models and gameplay.

The game is well worth the $5 price tag it currently has. I am shocked this game doesn't have a cult following or more popularity. Even with a 7 hour run time and not too much frills for any replay value, I think this could stand shoulder to shoulder with God of War. The diversity really kept me engaged. Nothing overstayed its welcome. 7 hours was the right time. Its best to leave players wanting more. Odd now Steam says that I only played 5 hours. Oh steam.
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