Screenshot of the Week #86: In deep trouble!

by on June 27, 2016

been on the quest of finding a good action medieval combat system for a long
time, but for now I’ll stop searching because I think I found the one with the
highest potential. I enjoyed the combat in the Dark Souls series as well as
many other games including some MMOs, but I think Exanima has the potential to
come above all those games.
is an Early Access dungeon crawler and the prologue for the indie RPG Sui
Generis Developed on the same engine and the game follows in broad strokes the
same mechanics. What makes Exanima so special is its engine which allows for
physics based movement and combat, something I’ve been looking forward to see implemented
in video games, but nobody seems to take up on the challenge. Exanima combat
system is slow paced, a bit clunky and a little unpredictable, which might not
sound that great. The controls are weird and the character doesn’t help when he
moves like a drunkard, but getting used with all of that is part of the
learning process and when you get the hang of it, the combat shows its true
amazing colors. Each fight is a challenge and it can end as swiftly as in one
swing if not careful. Positioning, timing attacks and being aware of the
environment are key factors into overcoming each opponent. The physics game
allow for some really spectacular duel scenes with glorious parries and precise
counter-attacks which are incredibly satisfying to execute and as lovely to
watch. It’s a wonderful feeling to defeat an enemy, a feeling that for me sometimes
matched beating a new boss in Dark Souls.
                As an
Early Access game Exanima is far from being complete. With only 5 levels
available out of the 14 promised, no magic or ranged weapon, a few skills and
no NPCs, there is a long way to go. But I’ve never felt so good into supporting
a game as I knew I’m supporting innovation, something that the video games
industry currently lacks. I’m excited to see how the developers turn this rough
diamond into a crown worthy jewelry. And the implementation of an online PvP
arena mode it’s exhilarating.
This won’t end up well for me…
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