Bleak Faith Forsaken
A cursory glance at COGconnected’s review of Bleak Faith Forsaken made me guess it was a pretty generic Soulslike. It’s generic world turned out to be the highlight, because it’s other aspects are undercooked. The narrative/ world lore is non-existent. And the combat is awful. There are so many technical issues that, right now, the game feels unfinished. Our reviewer concluded “Bleak Faith Forsaken is all window dressing”, and when I looked at it, I thought it looked pretty bland.
Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo
Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo does a few things really well. It has a compelling narrative, presented in a unique way. Its visuals have a great attention to detail, and a unique presentation. Its gameplay combines Japanese visual novels with old school PC point-and-click adventure games. But the game was designed for PC and the Switch port has a frustrating interface, to the point that it’s almost unplayable. Our reviewer pinpointed that “the game needs a patch with cursor sensitivity options at the very minimum, but even that fix would still make for a lazy port.” The player has to be able to select options in the menu without an insane level of frustration. That’s below bare-minimum.
Scars Above is another generic Soulslike. It takes place on an oppressive alien world, which is unique to the genre, but just looks like a poor man’s Returnal. That’s the main issue with Scars Above: it’s not awful, but has too many familiar game tropes. And its lower budget reveals itself all throughout the game. It’s a game that aspires to be a popular triple-A title, but just copies a bunch of popular game tropes, and doesn’t innovate anything. Our reviewer’s quote “just being adequate is a tough sell” sums it up perfectly. If you’re starved for more Soulslike games, Scars Above might be worth checking out, but there are too many better options out there.
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