Absolver: Is It Worth It?
Absolver is definitely a game that takes the cake in fighting. Similar to action RPG fighting, but much slower. You get to punch and kick, but not the way you are used to. Absolver hit my radar because I love anything that is related to Martial Arts and I thought this game would be really cool. I was a little shocked that the game was not quite what I expected. Absolver definitely has a bold take on fighting. While this game is definitely different let’s find out if those differences make it worth it, or just another game that tried to hard to be bold.
Graphics definitely need to be mentioned in Absolver. The graphics definitely have a personality of their own, but I was pretty disappointed. I honestly felt like the background character in an animated movie directed by Tim Burton. They were not very stellar in my opinion. The graphics were bold, but not really anything you would look twice at.
Absolver has some amazing game play to be honest. I have never played a fighting game that plays like Absolver. The game’s fighting is actually realistic, for a video game of course. You can block, dodge, and parry strikes but you have to be quick about it. Your kicks and punches are stamina based and have a natural transition. You aren’t just some over powered super human fighting other over powered super humans. You are more like a monk fighting other monks. It is probably as close to “real life” combat that you will get out of an RPG.
The game features “stances” which help you combo attacks and also change what type of attack you will do. On default your stances are linked to QEZC, which means you have four stances. These were a little difficult to keep track of while fighting, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t get used to it. It would take a while, as does Parrying. You really need good reaction time to do well in this game.
In the beginning you get to create your character and pick their fighting style. The customization seemed a little unnecessary, but is always expected on RPGs. Absolver is like your typical RPG with equipment and stats that you can increase through leveling up. Nothing that hasn’t really been done before.
I was pretty disappointed in Absolver to be honest. While the game has a real martial arts feel it lack in almost every other regard. All I know is that I am some dude in a mask fighting other people in masks. Not the greatest in terms of story line. The graphics were sub par to add to my dissatisfaction of the game. The fighting styles are definitely unique and feel more real than any other game I get, so I would say that would be Absolver’s redeeming quality. There isn’t really anything unique in regard to the RPG style. You get items and equip them, and you can level up your stats by fighting enemies. I never enjoy given bad reviews of games, but let me tell you. This game just isn’t worth it. Get literally any other game and you will have saved your time. Farewell traveler.