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A bit of an oddity.
on 27 January 2010
It's a fun idea. Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Jack or the Naked Emperor, setting out through fairytale-land, slashing, clubbing and shooting everything that gets in their way - and leaving a copious trail of blood (which they can skate through for a burst of extra speed during combat.)
I really didn't like this game, but that might be down to personal taste. I've no doubt that other people will love it for *precisely* some of the reasons that I don't.
The game is driven by the unreal engine, but I bet you've never seen it used in this way before. The fairytale world is done in such bright vivid colours that the game should probably carry a 'headache' warning! I really disliked the chunky style of animation (all the figures are slightly reminiscent of the characters from Lego games).
And I have to admit that the combat system drove me crazy, and is the reason I didn't bother to finish the game. Attacks are all done by wagging the Left analogue stick - I found it quirky (not in a good way) and it made it impossible to have the type of precise control you'd probably like in battle.
The combat system and simplistic level design meant that I lost interest before I finished the game (this is very rare for me - I normally slog on to the bitter end, even when I hate games. But this just got TOO repetitive and tedious.)
The bottom line, for me, was that it felt a bit like a game designed for pre-schoolers and young kids, with massacre and gore tacked on, to make it a 'grownup' game.
Didn't work for me. Sorry.
But... YOU might love it! Even more so than most games, I'd recommend trying a demo of this before buying. Or wait a bit. I predict a major price drop, or VERY cheap copies appearing 2nd hand.