Earthlock PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Earthlock by Snowcastle Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developers for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Earthlock is an improved and overhauled version of Earthlock: Festival of Magic and has a ton of improvements. Some new features include, new abilities, new side quests, new scenes, creatures and npc’s. It’s gone through a great deal of changes and it’s made the game a lot more fun.
The story revolves around a mysterious artifact that was recovered by Amon and his uncle. Initially the artifact was supposed to be sold to someone that would destroy it. After Amon’s uncle is kidnapped by a mysterious group, he sets out to rescue him with his rather cowardly companion, Gnart.
Throughout Amon and Gnart’s journey they meet new characters who wind up joining them on their journey. Each character has their own quest to fulfill and as they travel the word more will be revealed about them. There are times when a character will leave the party to pursue their own quest for a while as well.
Combat in Earthlock is surprisingly complex and in-depth. Each character has 2 stances which have different abilities and weapons. As an example Amon’s stances are Thief and Blaster. In his thief stance he uses a dagger and can steal items from enemies. In his blaster stance he uses a gun and can shoot flying enemies.
Each character’s stances are unique and they often play a big part during boss battles. It’s also worth mentioning that each ability affects monsters differently. Some attacks work better against certain enemies than others. Finding their strengths and weaknesses is all part of the fun though.
You can also pair characters together which grants them special abilities when their pair meter fills up. When this happens a special stance appears and the characters will be able to use a powerful version of one of their abilities.
Pairing also has passive abilities that unlock with each bond level gained. For example, pairing Amon and Gnart will unlock a poisoned dagger for Amon, among others. Each character pair has unique passive abilities so it’s a good idea to experiment with each.
There’s also a talent board which you use to unlock new abilities, improved stats and new perks. Each time you level up, you’ll be given a perk point which you can use to unlock a block on the board. Each block has a unique shape on it to let you know what it unlocks. When you’ve selected a block You’ll be able to choose from a list of upgrades based on which you’ve chosen.
One really cool feature that the game has is the hub world where you can go when you need a rest. The hub world features different areas, each designed for a character. For example, Amon’s area is a crafting workstation which he can use to craft weapons. As you bring new characters to the hub world new areas will unlock for usage. It’s a good idea to return here before beginning a new area so you can stock up on potions and equipment.
Overall, this version of Earthlock is a lot of fun and it’s surprisingly in-depth by design. The dialogue is well written and the characters are all interesting. It’s graphics are colorful and everything looks really smooth. I didn’t notice any aliasing anywhere either so that’s a big plus. The game’s soundtrack is very well done as well and it enhances the experience. If you’re in the market for an in-depth and fun JRPG inspired game then Earthlock is a great option.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks! I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!