Moonlighter PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Moonlighter by Digital Sun and 11 Bit Studios.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Terminals.io for review/video purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Moonlighter is an isometric action RPG that puts you in control of a man named Will who dreams of one day becoming a hero. Will is the last remaining able person in his family and during the day he’s tasked with running his families item shop called Moonlighter. During the night, he delves into the 5 dungeons in search of artifacts to sell in his shop. Gathering artifacts isn’t his only objective though, he’s set on opening the fabled 5th dungeon door. This will be much harder than he realizes because he’ll have to delve into each dungeon and defeat their bosses to acquire the keys for the final door.
The town that Will resides in is a shadow of it’s former self. Once it was a prosperous place with many adventurers trying their luck inside the dungeon. In recent times the town is home to only a few people. With Will’s help (And funding) the town can become a bustling place once again. You purchase upgrades to the town (And shop) using a sign post in the town square. Town upgrades mostly consist of new shops, which can be handy in Will’s adventure. These include a Blacksmith, Potion Dealer, and a competing Retailer which sells dropped items. There’s 5 shops altogether for you to purchase.
Shop upgrades come in many different forms. You can purchase sale kiosks, cash registers, beds, and storage chests. Each item you can purchase has 3 upgrades, each with better attributes than the last. You can also upgrade the shop itself so you’ll be able to sell many more items at once. Your shop starts out pretty small but it can become a pretty huge place as long as you’ve got the coin for it.
The most important shops that you’ll use a great deal across the course of the game is the Blacksmith and Potion Dealer. The blacksmith can take any materials that you may have collected while delving into the dungeons and then transform them into armor and weapons. There’s various types of armor that you can equip as well, there’s light armor, medium armor and heavy armor. Light armor gives you less armor but your movement speed will increase. Heavy armor on the other hand gives you tons of armor but lowers your movement speed with each piece. Medium armor is a balanced type and raises armor but doesn’t provide speed attributes.
There are 5 types of weapons that you can craft as well. Weapons include sword & shield, spear, 2 handed sword, bow and fists. Each weapon starts with the training version but with better materials you can upgrade them in two different paths. You can choose to go with a standard weapon or with better parts you can choose to create an elemental weapon. The elemental weapons have a slightly lower damage rating but they have special effects added to them like fire or lightning.
The Potion Dealer can craft various types of potions using materials that you gather in the dungeon. She also sells enchantments which can improve your weapons and armor even further.
Exploring the dungeons in Moonlighter is very similar to the old 2D Legend of Zelda games. You enter various rooms and in order to exit the room, you must first defeat all enemies inside. Combat in the dungeon varies based on your choice of weapon and can be either easy or difficult. If you have a strong weapon the enemies you face will die quickly and won’t pose much of a challenge. With weaker weapons you’ll be in for a fight since it’ll take more swings to defeat enemies.
Each enemy you face requires a different strategy in order to defeat, bosses more-so than smaller ones, of course. Some require you to get behind them, others require you to dodge their attacks and many other combinations. The enemies you face also differ based on the dungeon you’re in.
Overall, Moonlighter is a very addicting game and it’s a great game to play if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. Dungeons go by pretty quick so you can easily delve into one, sell your stuff and stop playing if you wish It can be a very time consuming game if you want to complete the entire thing. Platinuming this game will also take a lot of skill because it has quite a few challenging achievements to acquire.
The game is a great deal of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed playing it. The artwork is colorful and looks great, the music is very good, and the shop keeping features are easy to learn and can be as addicting as the dungeon delving.
If you’re a fan of dungeon crawler’s or games similar in style to classic Zelda, then I highly recommend giving this game a shot. It’s a very entertaining game that’ll keep you delving into dungeons for hours on end.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this review folks! I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!