Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Hob by Runic Games. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Hob is a fantasy action adventure game. It follows an unnamed character who loses an arm to a purple alien species. His robot friend sacrifices his arm to heal the main character. The story is presented without narration or voice acting. The story unfolds as you explore the world and it’s surprising how well it does. The game focuses more on the journey and it’s a very fun one to be sure.
The world of Hob is easily one of my favorite parts of the game. While exploring you can see wild animals wandering around and some you can pet. You have complete control over the world as well and where there wasn’t land originally… Pressing a button will shift the land to reveal new areas for you to explore. This transformation system is incredibly impressive and it must have taken a lot of work in making it work so smoothly. The level design in this game is superb.
The main character will have to combat evil creatures while exploring the world as well. The combat system feels very fluid and you can easily change which direction you’re attacking. This allows you to hit an enemy in mid-attack. Not all enemies are small though, and you’ll often need to use your abilities to combat later enemies. Abilities include grapple, block, dodge, teleport, and punch. Each ability is also utilized in exploration and early in the game you won’t be able to get to most regions.
There’s also hidden objects that you can find within the world. The major ones allow you to upgrade your health, energy and sword. Your health and energy upgrade automatically but your sword must be upgraded manually. To upgrade your sword you must gather 3 pieces and then bring it back to the forge. Doing so will have the main character drop the pieces into a smelter to melt down the pieces (And previous sword) thus creating a better one. There are 4 sword levels in all.
Other hidden objects include butterflies and schematics. The butterflies have no real impact on the story. The schematics on the other hand allow you to purchase new ability upgrades. These include faster punch charging speed, a bonus attack combo and new cloak skins. The cloak skins alter your character’s stats so you should choose carefully.
Overall, Hob has been a pretty amazing game. I absolutely love the level design this game has to offer. It’s easily some of the best that I’ve seen this year. The game is also an incredibly fun game to play as well. It’s combat system is fast and fluid and it’s platforming felt great. Hob is pretty much The Legend of Zelda game you didn’t know you needed. It’s an amazing game and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
Features of Interest
- Beautiful Transforming World
- Tells It's Story In a Unique Way
- Excellent Atmosphere/Music
- Great Combat System
- Fun Platforming Elements
- Platforming Can Be A Bit Off At Times
- Still Has A Few Slow Downs Here and There