Master Thief Teriel doesn’t have a good day, being shipped to the prison island of Peh, which is already bad, but what is even worse is having a daemon inside his head telling him what to do if he ever wants to leave that dreaded place. Being thrown into a post-apocalyptic world that returns to medieval ideas in which the most powerful factions Technomagi and Biomancers reign supreme, the player has to decide whom to trust and for whom he wants to work, or if he just wants to go his own way, although making both parties and other people enemies might not be a good idea, as the game world reacts accordingly. Monsters and magic as well as advanced technology are all part of this world that is presented in a beautiful isometric perspective, reminiscent of the classic Diablo series. However, even if one can choose a more brutal approach with hack-and-slash combat, there’s also the way of the sneaky assassin that uses a free-form climbing/running system that should be familiar to Assassin’s Creed players.
My first impressions of the game are quite good, as the main character with his inner daemon voice isn’t the typical hero prototype, and the world he traverses seems to be expansive, colorful and dark, with a unique sci-fi fantasy look. However, I’m not completely sold on the story, as the trailer and PR info doesn’t reveal too much. Being a fan of the Assassin’s Creed, Diablo, and especially the Thief first-person stealth series, combining all these elements together should still make it a must-play, especially since former CD Projekt RED employees are involved, so the quests should be varied and engaging with some interesting moral decisions as seen in The Witcher. The voice acting is quite convincing and the cel-shaded graphics are lovely as well, so maybe this is a hidden gem to resurrect a genre that usually relies on shooting and hack-and-slashing or level-grinding.
The game is now available on PC with a 10% launch discount that will last until December 8, 8AM UTC. In addition, there’s also a collector’s edition that includes a digital art book, a map of Peh, the soundtrack, and a guide book.
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