Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood does two issues very well. First, it continues the long-standing custom of awkward naming conventions for video video games set within the World of Darkness. And second: it lets me flip into an enormous man-beast monster hybrid and tear company human stooges aside.
Earthblood, as we’ll name it, is an action-RPG title from Cyanide Studios that has you defending Mom Nature from the evils of humankind. You’ll play an enormous powerful man who’s at conflict with himself and the world round him after a mission goes unsuitable.
First look: The opening cinematic to the sport is breathtaking and exquisite. It units the stage for an epic “assume world, act native” story of home terrorism and anarchy that jogs my memory a little bit of Remaining Fantasy VII.
The sport appears to be like and sounds good. The graphics received’t be nominated for any 2021 gaming awards however they’re not unhealthy both (they’d have in all probability landed effectively in 2018 or 2019). However the wonderful use of favor all through makes up for it. This isn’t a sport you purchase to indicate off the facility of a PS5 or RTX graphics card, however it does a implausible job of displaying off what the World of Darkness is all about.
Blended emotions: Gameplay is surprisingly good. The fight is simply complicated sufficient to really feel satisfying and the shapeshifting mechanics are F-U-N. However, and this can be a massive however, it seems like I’m controlling a drone as a substitute of a hulking monster of flesh, bone, and muscle.
My character simply doesn’t have the sense of weight and energy crucial to essentially push the expertise excessive.
Rattling good: It’s loads of enjoyable to modify between human, wolf, and werewolf modes on the press of a button. With out this mechanic, I’d name Earthblood an honest sport, perhaps one thing you choose up should you’re actually into the World of Darkness. However right here the seamless shift between modes provides us a brand new tackle the outdated swapping weapons paradigm.
Backside line: Wandering round Earthblood’s well-thought set items in varied predator kinds is an interesting expertise that will get slowed down with just a little an excessive amount of stealth. Fight is simply enjoyable sufficient to maintain issues transferring alongside and the story manages to remain out of its personal method sufficient to maintain us on the protagonist’s facet.
I query whether or not the World of Darkness and the true world want one other online game that includes a bevy of light-skinned dudes who appear like they have been ripped out of an Angle-era WWE secure. But when the folks need to see furry muscle-dudes of all ages grunting by way of a narrative, who am I to evaluate?
I like this sport lots. It does lots effectively and I really hope it’s setting us up for a deeper sequel. In its present iteration it suffers from a not-negative-at-all case of being too good for the impartial video games bin however not fairly lengthy or robust sufficient to slug it out with the AAA video games.
If Cyanide manages to determine the way to mix this effort with one thing that permits for character customization and deeper RPG features, Earthblood may very well be the start of a stupendous franchise.
Werewolf: the Apocalypse – Earthblood is on the market beginning immediately on the Epic Video games retailer, PS5, Xbox, and PC.