Quick-fire July 2021, Part Two

Chivalry II
Developed by Torn Banner Studios and published by Tripwire Interactive on the 8th of June 2021, Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer hack and slash action video game, that is available for PC via Epic Games Store (exclusively for one year), PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One.

This Unreal Engine 4 made sequel to 2012s Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is an action game that can be played in first-person or third person perspective. You are wielding various medieval weapons, from swords to axes, or use classic bows and arrows. There are three different melee attacks available, which are a stab and vertical/horizontal slashes. The other gameplay element is blocking attacks from your enemies, which can result in parries. On top of that, you can use dismembered body parts as a weapon or also throw your current weapon in your enemies. A novelty allows you to ride horses that enable you to traverse the battlefield quicker. All battles feature two sides of opposing forces, those being Agatha Knights and the Mason Order. Game modes include free-for-all, team deathmatch and team objective modes, and they allow a maximum of 64 concurrent players with console crossplay available. The gameplay is fun, brutal and intense, as you can battle multiple opponents at once and win, or get your ass slashed by a single enemy faster than you can blink. There is no doubt a lot of skill involved in the fact that you will either make it or break it in a match. Aside from trying to finish off the same group of people, there is no real teamwork in matches, which adds a nice feeling of no additional pressure to the games that you play. The graphics and dismemberments are a joy, and it runs smooth and fluid on PlayStation 5. Get the game if you want some medieval hacking and slashing with high amounts of fun.

Empire of Angels IV
Empire of Angels IV was developed by Softstar Entertainment and published by eastasiasoft on the 23rd of June 2021 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, following with a Nintendo Switch release one day later. It is the first time since the series began in 1993 that the game arrived on consoles, but it was already available on PC since the end of 2016.

Empire of Angels IV is an all-female tactics role-playing game developed by Taiwanese studio Softstar Entertainment. It is offering a new perspective on the history of Asgard, and reintroduces its lore, characters and gameplay mechanics, so no prior knowledge from the series is necessary to play this fourth instalment. It features 3D graphics with strategic turn-based combat, and is fully voiced in Chinese language with English text support. You will join the Namtar Investigation Team as they patrol Asgard to maintain order against a plague that drives people to mindless violence. Niya and her allies head on a worldwide mission to uncover the truth behind it as the plague threatens to tear them apart. In this Unity made game you will start off with a tutorial battle. The gameplay is pretty simple – firstly you move your character on the grid and then choose an attack or skill on your enemy. After a successful battle, you gain experience and level up, get gold and other items. Your movement to another location is done by moving a character on a simple map and entering the new location. On your way, you will encounter and battle humans and monsters like spiderlings and wild boars. Empire of Angels IV’s graphics and animations are not anything special, and the sounds and music are repetitive as well. Otherwise, it is an okay game for everyone that likes turn-based role-playing strategies, but do not expect anything stellar from this title.

Farm for Your Life
Farm for Your Life was released on consoles on the 24th of June this year. It was already released for PC via Steam long time ago, in the year of 2013. Your community was taken down by a heavy storm that caused an apocalypse and unleashed the living dead. Together with the other survivors, it’s your task to rebuild and to allow that sustainable life can still be assured. Cultivate your farm and manage your restaurant to provide food and deal with all the zombies.

Made with Unity, Farm for Your Life mixes elements of farming, tower defense and time-management. You need to set up and cultivate your farm with various fruits, vegetables and animals. You also build, manage and upgrade your restaurant to provide other inhabitants with tasty dishes – cook for them and feed them well! The tower defense aspect of the game comes in, when you need to build mazes and towers to protect your farm from vegetarian zombies. The game also includes a peaceful mode for those who only want to farm, and get rid of the action aspect of Farm for Your Life, while the story mode will take you around six hours to complete. As the game name would suggest, the farming part of it is the biggest theme of it. You will clear the lands, do some work with plough and sow the seeds to make your produce grow. The restaurant part of the game successfully changes the pace and in it you prepare dishes from the food you produce. You get paid for them in various inventory items that you will need for your future endeavours. You will also be able to upgrade your restaurant to serve more people, and add different new dishes to your menu. In the night time, the zombies will appear and will want to destroy both your farm and your restaurant. You will need to defeat them by throwing your food in them, and by building defensive towers that will shoot out the produce. Farm for Your Life varies a lot in the content it offers, so it will not get boring quite easily. After you finish the story mode you can switch to the endless mode in which your fun with the game will continue for multiple hours.

The Persistence Enhanced Edition
Firesprite’s The Persistence was already released in 2018 for PSVR, then on the 21st of May 2020 for PlayStation 4, Steam and Xbox One, but the Enhanced Edition saw the light of the day on the 11th of June this year for PlayStation 5 and PC. Survive aboard a doomed deep space colony starship, overrun with horrific and murderous aberrations. Explore, evade and fight your way through the depths to bring the ship back to Earth. Gather resources, upgrade abilities and fabricate an arsenal of weapons in this sci-fi horror roguelite.

The Persistence challenges you, a clone of security officer Zimri Eder, to survive aboard a doomed deep space colony starship, overrun with horrific and murderous aberrations. You are the last survivor. Your mission? Restore functionality to the ship and somehow make your way back to Earth.

We have never played the PSVR or the “normal” edition of The Persistence, so this will not be a comparison review, just our words about the new Enhanced Edition that was not played in VR mode – the game supports both. We will say, however, that the Enhanced Edition brings improved lighting, particle effects, UI refinements, and raytracing implementation. In the game you will navigate through an ever-changing labyrinth, because the layout of the decks will shift periodically due to a malfunction of the ship you are aboard on. Because of that each of your playthroughs will be different than the prior. You will need to stay away from new inhabitants, move stealthily and attack them from the darkness. Harvesting DNA materials will be used to improve your health and other capabilities, while you will loot schematics and materials for weapon and suit upgrades. Your death does not mean the end of the game, as your consciousness and the stats you have already upgraded will be uploaded into a new cloned body of Zimri. The biggest problem of The Persistence is that you are unable to save manually, which means that your death during a mission will bring you back to the beginning of it and you will have do redo it again. In its wholeness the game can be categorized as survival horror meets roguelike and they fit perfectly together. If you are not scared of getting your ass kicked by AI and enjoy replaying somewhat procedurally generated missions in a sci-fi environment, The Persistence Enhanced Edition could suit you really well.