There have been many genre-bending games in the past. The Soulslike genre was mixed with third-person shooters The rest: From the ashes. Other examples include the mixed bag of genres incorporated into the highly successful Rollerdrome and the seamless marriage of open-world exploration and asymmetric world building of Death Stranding. Now there’s a new game on the horizon that promises just as much originality as these previous titles.
Indie title Blight: Survival may look like a simple medieval RPG set, but it’s so much more when you look at the gameplay trailer. The action is visceral, the protagonist fights as a real person would and not as some supposed action hero, and the environments are as densely packed with detail as they are with terrifying foreboding. The much-needed genre-bending that Blight: Survival brings to the table is the incorporation of ravenous flesh-eating zombies.
Blight: Survival features brutal, non-stop action
Blight: Survival promises single-player and up to four-player co-op in a massive roguelite setting. The action in the game looks just as punishing, if not more so, than that in Dark souls, and the terror it evokes is on a whole other level. As he carefully explores through the purgatory-like no man’s land where the game takes place, the player must keep his shield ready and his sword unsheathed at all times.
One minute the player can be scouring a dead village for any loot that can be found – the next a swarm of vermin-infested zombies can come running out of nowhere. The truly terrifying aspect of Blight: Survival is that the crazy, infected citizens don’t go down easily. The player must plan their attacks accordingly by charging, tackling, hacking and dodging as best they can to take down each and every zombie.
The setting and immersion make the game incredibly lifelike
Blight: Survival also does a fantastic job of conveying the man behind the knight’s armor. It would be difficult to walk around in armor all day, fighting countless zombies and getting very little rest. The main character’s heavy breathing, brief moments of dialogue and strained grunts when they attack express how tired a knight tasked with such a terrifying mission would be. Aside from dispatching the infected, the player must also be on the lookout for other dangerous people who are not infected. Implementing stealth techniques to deal with well equipped warriors is certainly a better option for these moments than running in and attacking.
The environments of Blight: Survival are so vivid and natural that it would be easy to forget that this is a video game. This is an awe-inspiring feat, as the Icelandic-based Haenir Studio that developed the game only has around ten employees. Blight: Survival looks so impressive in its visuals and gameplay that even AAA developers should take notice. Potentially one of the biggest underdogs in the gaming world right now, Blight: Survival will probably take the world by storm.
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