‘Immortal Rogue’ Overview – A Kickass Vampire Roguelike
After I was first turned on to Immortal Rogue (), I used to be attracted by the distinctive narrative system. After really enjoying, although, what’s saved me is the gameplay. Positive, the retro visuals don’t harm, and the soundtrack is fairly nice too, however I’m a sucker for onerous video games with minimal tolerance for errors—and, to make certain, Immortal Rogue is a type of video games.
Earlier than we actually dig into the nitty-gritty gameplay mechanics and controls, nonetheless, let’s check out the 2 features which first seize consideration: Visuals, and sound. Upon opening the sport, we’re greeted by an historic battlefield… and a singular determine, cloaked in purple, standing tall amidst the ruins. This panorama, stunning in its personal means, establishes the tone (and, to a sure extent, the narrative). As we start, the music rises to the forefront—mournful, reflective, the theme is cemented. There aren’t any heroes right here, no deeds of excellent valour or knowledge. There may be solely the survivor of an historic battle, and a predator.
Transferring into the sport correct, we’re launched to the fundamental controls—swipe to sprint, faucet to assault, and a brief maintain right into a swipe to execute a heavy assault. Aside from the heavy assault, these all really feel fluid, responsive, and—dare I say it—intuitive. Sadly, the heavy assault takes fairly a little bit of trial and error earlier than it feels as easy—very often I discovered myself dashing once I needed to make use of my heavy, or utilizing my heavy once I needed to assault. This normally wasn’t a significant inconvenience, however, then again, it solely not often occured in the course of a mob, and boss fights require a extra methodical method to start with. Builds with a give attention to charging heavy assaults and maneuvering round a struggle could also be considerably hampered, nonetheless.
Utilising the fundamental controls and surviving a couple of hundred years is a reasonably easy affair; mastering them, and never solely surviving however thriving, is one thing else completely. Assaults really feel strong and impactful, and the instantly obvious methods are rewarding. It’s simple to think about the primary century, and even the primary a number of centuries, as frenzied feedings in chaotic bloodbaths—in any case, they’re. Whereas there isn’t any visible animation emphasising the purpose, there’s an simple parallel between the sample of dashing onto enemies and hacking them to dying, and a bloodthirsty animal ravaging its prey. I can solely hope it’s intentional, as a result of the visceral feeling it evokes upon slaying the primary mini-boss is nothing lower than thrilling.
With expertise comes knowledge, nonetheless, and on this case knowledge reveals a unique, safer, playstyle: Dashing from assault to assault. All weapons have a combo; for many, it is a three-hit combo; for others, it’s a two- or four-hit combo. After finishing the combo, there’s a delay earlier than it may be used once more. Dashing, or utilizing heavy assaults, resets that delay, permitting for a number of combos to be chained back-to-back—and, extra importantly, by no means letting your opponent, or opponents, assault. Executed nicely, this system transforms the picture of a blood-starved vampire into considered one of a calculating predator, stalking its prey from the shadows.
As a freshly turned vampire you’ll sleep for hundreds of years, waking solely to feed. If you wake, you may, by your selection of prey, change the world by reinforcing the Powers That Be… or by weakening them. That is the narrative construction of Immortal Rogue, and it makes an enormous promise: You, the participant, have the ability to find out how this world develops. For somebody who adores select your personal journey novels or the video games impressed by them, it is a great, great mechanic. Sadly, it doesn’t fairly ship.
Positive, on the primary run—and the second, third, and fourth—it may be fairly fascinating enjoying with all of the totally different choices, seeing how the world adjustments and adapts. However, in some unspecified time in the future, it will get… stale. Perhaps it’s whenever you attempt to implement a long-lasting, secure authorities; perhaps it’s whenever you attempt to preserve instability and, in doing so, stave off the rise of know-how. Perhaps it’s simply the inevitable weariness which comes from beating a recreation time and time once more. Regardless of the trigger, the selection of who to feed upon begins to really feel meaningless, the centuries mixing collectively distinguished solely by variations in opponents—are you preventing high-tech baddies with grenade launchers, or spear-wielding barbarians? Whereas this might be spun as a characteristic, a commentary of types on the tedium of extraordinarily lengthy lives, it was, however, a reasonably large disappointment for me since (ignoring the entire vampire factor), the “Information the event of a world” was an enormous promoting level.
Regardless of my gripes with prey choice and narrative, the fight and issue are nicely executed and ship precisely what I anticipated moving into: An exciting, fast-paced, tough hack & slash roguelike. Runs are usually not too difficult initially (really, it could be an enchancment in the event that they had been typically harder), however scale properly right into a nerve-wracking dance of managing the bothersome ranged baddies, the mobs of melee bruisers, and Dracula’s minions. I do have one minor difficulty with the fight, nonetheless: When enjoying on a tool with a house bar (particularly an iPhone X), it is extremely simple to swipe out of the sport on accident. Whereas not main, it’s a downside that might prematurely finish a run.
On the entire, I’ve remarkably few complaints. I’ve loved my time enjoying Immortal Rogue and, bar the few complaints I do have, suggest it wholeheartedly. I want to see the narrative system addressed, and the house bar difficulty mounted; however, after that… nicely, I can solely wait to see what else Kyle Barrett has in retailer. If what we’ve is any indication, the long run is not going to disappoint.