Sunday, 1 January 2017

Let It Die - PS4 Review

So starting off the new year with a positive look at one of my favourite games of 2016, and it only got released in December. Developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, Let It Die starts you off with a quick update on the state of the in game world. The year is 2026 and multiple earthquakes have caused destruction around the world. Nowhere has been hit worse then Japan, with the quakes shifting the Earths plates so bad it has caused a tower to reach into the sky, named the Tower of Barbs. It is believed to reach even the very heavens and there are great rewards for those who can reach the top.

The game reminds me of The Raid or Dredd in the way you climb up the tower, fighting your way through other fighters and bizarre robots, collecting different armours and weapons as you go. Weapons range from your fists to a machete, or maybe even a steam iron. The game is simplistic yet brutal, punishing any mistake you might make, especially up against the more powerful fighters, the Hatred. The condition of weapons and maintaining your death bag plays a big part in the game, as you don't want to be left without a weapon in certain situations, yet you need to collect supplies for better gear, and health items just in case.

You can store items in your base, where you can also purchase new gear as you unlock it with blueprints you find on certain floors, given you can collect the materials to make it. You can also buy stickers from a crazy mushroom lady which give you certain perks. You can create up to three characters at a time, which is useful, because if you die and leave that character on the floor you'll need to go retrieve them at some point. You can also do random challenges which can get you rare items.

As you get further up the tower, mid-bosses will start to appear with different strengths and weaknesses, and they can be a right handful first time you encounter them. The third I faced was a particularly nasty one, which took a lot of death metals (which are a currency that allows you to come back to life). There are also collectibles in the forms of stamps to collect on every floor, to comic pages which tells the back story of that levels big boss, plus lots of different animals and mushrooms to collect.
I freaking love this game. The back story itself is interesting, with colourful and interesting characters like Uncle Death. The game play is rewarding and makes you feel like a bad ass when you pull of a goregasm attack. The music is also fun and catchy, going into full metal/dubstep when a fight is about to start. I haven't even got to the best part of the game yet, and that is it's completely free. There's some in game purchases for death metals and express passes, but you don't need these to enjoy the game and in fact the game gives them out quite frequently.

All in all, I'd highly recommend you try this game out. It may not be to everyone's liking, but you don't know till you try. The fact this game is also free astounds me, as I've played some poorly made games, some games which aren't even completed (*cough* 7 Days To Die *cough*), that to get this level of brilliance is awesome. One thing I could gripe about is some of the floors follow the same design as others, but it's a minor moan, and this shut me up when I got to the 11th floor which takes you outside. You also have to create a new character, as fighters are capped and you unlock new fighters as you progress up the tower.

Final Verdict: 8/10. This is a great game, if you hadn't guessed from my gushing about it. But seriously, if you have a PS4, go download Let It Die. You won't be disappointed. Richee

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