« on: March 15, 2015, 04:42:23 pm »
I watched the credits roll in Freedom Wars on the PSVita. It's not the real ending, but I tried the first mission of the final chapter and went: "Hahahaha. No." It's a monster hunting game (yeah it's a genre now) ala Monster Hunter but set in a science fiction future and the enemies are mechs. It has a great setting but sadly doesn't use it for a great story though. It's still better than MH's non-story however. The combat is pretty fun and kinetic, with a hook like device called a thorn you are carrying around with which you can zip around the battlefield or cling to the enemies, it gives the game quite a Attack on Titan feel. (Wouldn't a MH style game set in the AoT universe own?)
What I disliked was that there is too much button mashing in combat. Not in the sense of senselessly swinging around your weapon, that is as ineffective as supposedly in MH (never played it), but there are a lot of actions that literally require you to mash the circle button repeatedly - like cutting off body parts of enemy mechs. In some fights I spent like a combined total of 25 minutes mashing that button (out of a 45 minute fight). It gets old FAST. Then there are the usual genre weaknesses, getting the materials for that weapon upgrade you need can take a dozen runs on the same enemy over and over. Oh and did I mention that for 90% of the game there are only 2 different enemies? I wish I was kidding but I'm not. There is a biped mech and a quadroped mech and they just put different weapons on its shoulders and arms. It doesn't change much though, it always plays the same...
If you have a Vita and you like that genre it's a pretty alternative to MH I'm sure, but for the normal gamer it's probably pretty meh. Make the fights 10 Minutes shorter and replace the dumb button mashing mechanic and you have a really solid game here.