Layopi Games’ Devil’s Hunt is a strange creature – neither rather totally convincing as a character action game nor as guilty b-film pleasure. And however, I had my entertaining.
Desmond is a wealthy dude who drives a quick automobile, has daddy problems, and spends way as well a great deal time functioning out. Immediately after losing a brawl and walking in on his girlfriend and his most effective buddy, he kills himself. I’m not positive if that is an sufficient reaction, but nicely, right here we are. In any case, he’s dead now, except… he is not?
He ends up in hell, strikes a deal with the devil (good guy, wears a suit), and gets sent back to the mortal realm. There he spends his time sulking, plotting his revenge on everybody who wronged him, and collecting souls for his new boss.
It gets much more convoluted from right here. Angels, prophecies, a supervisor who’s named The Saw (not pretty good, quite robust), and other supernatural occurrences take place in the subsequent eight hours or so. Devil’s Hunt spends a lot of time telling its story. However, the game just does not have that a great deal to say. It is a jumbled hodgepodge of Judeo-Christian mythology in a modern day-day suit.
It does not assist that Desmond is a quite unlikeable key character with some lame a single-liners and small actual character. As selected ones go, he’s a quite bland a single. The supporting cast is not any far better, and although the game requires itself significant, the writing, with its gruff machismo, is involuntarily funny. What ever the writers had been going for right here – they missed their target by a lengthy shot.
So, if the story is not the most effective, certainly the fights will have to be great, ideal? Effectively, not genuinely. It is a relatively simple affair. Light and heavy punches, dodges and blocks, and a dozen of unlockable unique abilities supply distinct methods to clobber your way by means of the game.
Nevertheless, compared to other games in this genre, fights really feel much more like a tavern brawl than an intricate ballet of violence. The lack of a lock-on function has you punching empty space way as well usually, and the complete issue can really feel quite clunky at instances.
Boss fights are similarly unsatisfying and demand small much more than perseverance and standard dodging abilities. And when you unlock the healing ability, the game becomes a cakewalk – at least on the common difficulty. Devil May well Cry this is not, in spite of the related name and genre.
And however! The issue about b-films is that they do not have to be fantastic to be entertaining. Similarly, a “six out of ten” game has its personal imperfect charms. And in spite of Devil’s Hunt’s weak story, lame characters, and lackluster combat, it didn’t fail to entertain me for a handful of hours.
It is no much more than an all-about typical game that punches way above its weight, but in some cases it manages to surprise you with some genuinely cool environments or a “so poor it is good” piece of dialogue that tends to make you chuckle. This may not be what the developers had been aiming for, but in the end, that is what you get.
Devil’s Hunt is readily available now on The Humble Shop, GOG, and Steam.
Thomas has been covering indie games for all sorts of outlets for a although. If your game has turn-primarily based techniques or exciting narrative stuff in it, he in all probability desires to play it. Thomas is also involved with game improvement and has translated much more than 45 titles into German.