Greetings, NJLers! Wanting to give a little more shine to some of the interesting games our Twitch team were able to get their hands on, this week, we will highlight Absolver developed by Sloclap and published by Devolver Digital. Absolver is a martial art themed action RPG with online multiplayer. You play as a created character called a ‘Prospect’ putting your skills to the test all across the world of Adal. Your Goal? See if you're tough enough to become an Absolver! Doing his best to see if he can be the best like no one ever was, Uncle K himself took to these mean Adal streets. Here's his impression on his journey to becoming Number One!
Jay: So to give folks a kind of BTS moment for how we pick not just the games we play, but also who plays them. We usually have a conversation before the week begins letting folks pick the games they want to play first when we have new content to share. What made you decide on Absolver for Indie Week?
Uncle K: I’ve always had a passion for beat ‘em up games, prefer third-person games over first person, and I love open world concepts. Absolver hits all three of these check marks with a flair that’s hard to describe at the moment. The graphics do something for me too. I don’t know if rustic is the right word for it, but it’s what I’d use...and I like that too lol. No player can be too overpowered in Absolver and I really like that. It’s a deep but simple fighting system with simple abilities that makes it all fair. You get as much as you put in.
Jay: So safe to say your expectations of Absolver were well met! It reminds me of Jade Empire in a lot of ways, and watching you play made me want to download it off Steam myself. I don’t know graphic-wise if it’ll look as good as it did with you on the PS4 compared to my laptop, but I want to try it lol.
Uncle K: Yeah, exactly. Very satisfied. I mean I’d love more choices, fighting styles, etc...but only if it’s still balanced. That is key.
Jay: So when you mean more choices…
Uncle K: I really hate when games don’t explain enough or have enough tutorials readily available/easily accessible. I also don’t like games that send you on an adventure lacking a good, well explained story. Which gives the player a lack of choices, when the game makes you feel like you should in an open world like this.
Jay: Gotcha. So final thoughts?
Uncle K: It was an interesting game, really fun to play. But to be an “A” game for me, it would have to grip me to the point I want to play it, and almost nothing else, for a week plus. So it’s a solid B- but I think with updates and some of my suggestions from earlier it could reach A status easy.
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