Going into this year I knew I was going to love Xenoblade 3 or Bayonetta 3. I played a lot of games this yeard and enjoyed about all the 2022 releases I bought aside from 1. Then one game I took a chance on. I heard vague comparisons months before release to Astral Chain and I thought yeah I'm in. I was not prepared for what I got.
Western studios are more often than not, not very good with in depth melee combat. One reason DmC reboot was so bad aside from writing and tone. Just didn't have the depth of DMC4 combat before it. Well I can say today a western studio has not only made a great DMC clone but they added in a little Nier and Berserk.
I like the Berserk Guts Rage game on Dreamcast but it's a bit dated and rough esp as it predates DMC1. Not many Berserk games exist. Sure every From Soft Soulsish game is everything is a nod to Berserk but since DMC5 came out I have wanted Capcom or someone to make a Berserk DMC. One of my game devs friends we like to bounce ideas off of for fun and we went over mechanics and such. My god I had no idea someone was already making what I wanted.
Video explains a lot but yes this has the tone of Berserk with the gameplay of DMC. Lute your sister acts like Grimoire Wiess from Nier or the Pod from Nier Automata. For you Switch fans. The legion from Astral Chain.
Safe to say I have loved this game and it kinda came out of nowhere. The fixed camera angles are fine as I'm used to them in DMC 1-4. A lot of unique fun weapons. A lot of skills to unlock. An interesting story for this kind of game. If I have one complaint and it's the same issue I had with GOW1-3. Make your character stand out more from the environments. She wears a dark blue scarf in environments with a blue hue. Make it red. Yellow. Something that stand out. Dante was red for this reason. Bayonetta's black stands out in contrast as well to the colorful environments. Other than that this is a great game.
What are your surprises this year so far?