Sword of the Vagrant from O.T.Ok. Video games and Wet Frog is a great-looking hack and slash expertise. Study extra in our Sword of the Vagrant assessment!
This can be a double assessment for Sword of the Vagrant. Ceidz and EdEN performed the sport, and this assessment presents what they each needed to say.
Journey into a stunning hand-painted fantasy world often called Mythrilia and uncover the reality about your bloodline and its darkest secret. Hack and slash a path from a quiet coastal village via mysterious forests, haunted castles, and wrecked battlegrounds. When the limitless barrage of enemies has been vanquished, what solace might be left for our hero?
The Vagrant is a 2D motion RPG. As Vivian, you’ll expertise an thrilling and difficult journey centered on fight gameplay that makes use of combo chains, cost assaults, and particular expertise, all whereas enhancing your character’s construct via new gear and talents. Play casually or turn into a grasp combatant.
Sword of the Vagrant is a 2D motion RPG that has a appear and feel just like the wonderful Odin Sphere that was launched means again in 2007 on the PlayStation 2. On this sport, you’ll observe Vivian as the principle character as she lands within the area of Mythrilia after her boat sank. She quickly discovers a resident of the area who helps her to recuperate and brings her to the village. As you discover the village and the encircling space after which get again to the village, a catastrophe occurs, and it will drive the story from that time on.
The gameplay has you shifting via the 2D environments and attacking every little thing that comes at you. The Sq. button is for regular assaults, and the Triangle button is for a powerful assault that’s higher suited towards armored enemies. The Circle button is to your talent which may be upgraded as you be taught extra expertise all through your journey. Strolling within the setting is sort of sluggish, so you must all the time double-tap in a single or the opposite course to make Vivian run.
The controls are simple to choose up and really feel pure nearly instantly. Because of the time required for the assault animations, assaults really feel barely delayed, and that is much more true for the sturdy assault. I additionally observed an inconsistency the place the principle character is left-handed when she’s going to the left and turns into right-handed as she strikes to the appropriate. That is one thing we used to see in video games again within the day because the character sprites can be mirrored.
As for the presentation, I favored how the developer tried to take inspiration from the work of Vanillaware, drawing from video games corresponding to Odin Sphere, probably the most spectacular hand-drawn video games of the late 2000s. I assumed that the colour scheme was not as eye-popping as Odin Sphere, and the colour palette was a bit on the tasteless aspect. The NPCs’ designs have been additionally unappealing. One thing else to bear in mind is that the textual content is small, which makes it onerous to learn, even on a 55″ TV.
If you wish to be taught in regards to the trophies, you’ll be glad to learn that this one has a full trophy listing with a Platinum trophy. The listing contains 28 Bronze trophies, 6 Silver trophies, and 5 Gold trophies. The trophies will unlock as you progress via the sport, defeat every of the bosses, fail to defeat a few of them, acquire a ton of gold and mana, activate all Stelas, receive all expertise, receive all recipes, unlock all entries within the Monsterpedia, and devour 100 potions, to call some examples.
As Ceidz talked about earlier than, Sword of the Vagrant from Wet Frog and O.T.Ok. Video games provides off a price range Vanillaware vibe – suppose Odin Sphere or Dragon’s Crown – which is actually not a nasty factor! Hand-drawn cutscenes will inform the story, and the characters, areas, and monsters in your journey may also be hand-drawn. The sport may be performed in one in every of 4 problem settings: Regular, Laborious, Very Laborious, and Lunatic. As anticipated, the upper the problem setting, the upper the problem! As you progress up every of those 4 choices, enemies might be extra aggressive and can deal extra injury, making it tougher to defeat them.
On Nintendo Swap, you’ll be able to management your buff, however scantly clad character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, dashing by double urgent left or proper and leaping with the B button and interacting with objects or different characters by urgent up on the left analog stick or the D-Pad as wanted. The Y button might be for assaults, whereas the X button might be for heavy assaults. Your talent can be utilized with the A button. Urgent up, down, or left with the A button will activate the abilities set to these slots. Utilizing your expertise will devour a few of your rage. Urgent the – button will open up the map, the place you’ll be able to assessment your present location, your goal location, and any markers for issues corresponding to save factors or bosses. Save factors are vital as a result of the sport received’t autosave. Stelas will act as save factors, they usually may also be used to quick journey.
When you have any potions on you, then you definitely’ll be capable to swap between them with the L and R buttons and use the chosen one with the ZL button. These potions can be utilized to recuperate a few of your misplaced well being or to refill your misplaced rage to be able to proceed to make use of your expertise. If you drink a potion, there might be a cooldown interval throughout which you received’t be capable to drink one other one. Oh, and the ZR button might be for dodging, which is a really helpful capability to be able to keep away from injury! Simply do not forget that you received’t be capable to dodge previous an enemy who’s defending and that your air dodge will first should be unlocked it!
If you arrive at a campfire, you’ll be capable to cook dinner meals that may recuperate Vivian’s well being whereas additionally granting a buff… that’s, so long as you’ve got gathered sufficient elements to finish a recipe. These meals embody examples corresponding to hearty fried egg – which requires you to have one egg and one piece of butter – that can totally recuperate Vivian’s well being whereas additionally granting a ten% enhance to her total well being. You may unlock extra recipes by consuming at eating places. And as a bonus, campfires may also let you save your progress!
The monsters that you just defeat will drop crystals, which may be transformed to mana. Mana can be utilized to enhance Vivian’s stats, for enhancing weapons, and for getting access to extra skills. You can too achieve some mana crystals by destroying objects. The sport suggests that you just first deal with unlocking perks with a star icon, and I undoubtedly agree! These perks embody a fierce strike combo, a whirlwind slash, dodging, air dodging, a double soar, or a robust dropkick. You can too add a lift to your likelihood to land a vital hit, decreasing the cooldown for potions, making it doable to recuperate 20 rage when choosing up meals, or achieve a lift to Vivian’s protection, to call some examples.
Within the menu, you’ll have entry to a journal, a Monsterpedia, and a tutorial part. The journal will register info from the occasions that you just expertise. The Monsterpedia will comprise info on the monsters that you just handle to defeat along with your may. As for the tutorial, it will provide you with all the knowledge you could take pleasure in your time with Sword of the Vagrant, info on issues corresponding to Vivian’s standing, motion and assaults, combos, expertise, elemental assaults, circumstances, mana, meals, gadgets, gear, enchantments, skills, and extra.
Sword of the Vagrant is a enjoyable 2D motion RPG with a stunning presentation on PlayStation and Nintendo Swap. With greater than 70 enemies to battle, six areas to discover, and greater than 10 bosses to defeat, there’s lots so that you can do on this one. And as a bonus, this one contains a digital artwork e book with over 100 pages of colourful designs and pictures that showcase all of the onerous work for designing Sword of the Vagrant. The sport is out on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Swap, and it’s obtainable on every console with a $9.99 asking worth.
This Sword of the Vagrant assessment is predicated on PlayStation copies supplied by Wet Frog.