Wulverblade PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Wulverblade by Fully Illustrated and Darkwind Media.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developers for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Wulverblade is a side scrolling beat ‘em up game that follows 3 playable characters named Caradoc, Brennus, and Guinevere who are fighting to defend their home from the Roman legion.
The game is based on real world history but it tells it’s own unique story pertaining to the various historical battles. There are also notes and short clips built into the game that explains the history behind the game and the places the developers visited during the development of the game.
The combat system, while quite fun, is a bit on the basic side, so it takes after it’s classic counterparts. There aren’t very many combo’s that you can chain together and you’ll mostly be mashing a single button to attack while dodging enemies. My strategy wound up being jumping in the air to dodge their attacks, and it works pretty well considering. There’s also a dodge roll ability but I never really used it.
The combat system also allows you to pick up weapons and enemy limbs on the battlefield which you can then throw at the enemy to deal damage. There’s also heavy weapons that you can pick up that are also based on real world weapons. These utilize the triangle button and have durability so they eventually break and become unusable.
At the end of a level, you’ll be ranked based on various parameters like treasure collected, and lives remaining.
The game also features 3 major game modes in the campaign screen including, Standard, Arcade and Beast Mode. Standard features checkpoint saves and infinite continues. Arcade Mode is the old school way of playing with 3 lives and 3 continues. Finally, Beast Mode unlocks affter you’ve beaten the campaign once and allows you to play as a Wulver throughout the entire campaign.
One final feature the game has to offer that’s separate from the campaign is the arena. Here you can fight wave after wave of enemies while trying not to die.
Overall, Wulverblade has been a very entertaining game and the ending wound up catching me by surprise because I wasn’t expecting it to end so soon. It’s a pretty short game but it does lend itself to multiple playthroughs with the various options it offers. I will admit that if you’re expecting an in-depth combat system and lots of combo’s to unlock, you may find yourself disappointed with the game but if you enjoy those classic beat em up games with a fairly simple combat system then you’ll love this game. I also felt that the audio was pretty amazing and fit the theme of the game very well, as did the artwork throughout. The night levels were especially gorgeous. I definitely recommend giving this game a shot.
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
- Entertaining Story Based on Actual History
- Fun Gameplay
- Great Soundtrack
- Gorgeous Artwork Throughout
- Lots of Historical Notes To Discover.
- Combat is A Bit Simplistic
- Ends Pretty Abruptly/Unexpectedly Just When It Starts Getting Good.
- Huge Build Up of Beiing a Wulver But Then Drops off A Cliff Because the Game Ends.