Lince Works‘ stealth action game Aragami brings back the visceral combat of assassins and a beautiful Japanese visual style.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of stealth action games, like the Splinter Cell or Thief titles (about time to write some reviews for these). Even if I’m not particularly fond of Japanese storytelling, I can still appreciate most of the art style, especially the hand-painted one, as in Okami. So it’s great to finally be able to play something with a mix of both worlds.
Titular hero Aragami has to fight the forces of the Light (who are actually bad this time) and rescue a girl who is held captive by them and who saved his own life. So far, so Japanese and unspectacular storytelling. But if the gameplay revolving around moving from shadow to shadow and using both physical weapons and supernatural elements (like a snake/dragon or a void sucking people in) is anything to go by, this could be just the simple story it needs.
A game about stealth doesn’t necessarily have to show lots of blood, but in the case of an assassin or ninja, the lack of it would be weird. So the death animations and blood spurting aren’t gratuitous, but add to the atmosphere. With the visuals making it seem like a visual novel, the art direction is also quite refreshing, although parallels could be drawn to the Tenchu series that also relied on stealth and brutal gameplay.
The game is now available on both PC and PS4, with the former being promoted with a 10% discount that will last until October 10, 3:59 PM UTC. There’s also a Collector’s Edition including the soundtrack and an art book. The physical PS4 version can only be purchased via Signature Edition Games and has a soundtrack CD, a printed art book, and the signed special edition box.
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