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PS4 / PS5 Game Review

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Format: PS4 / PS5
Publisher: Humble Games
Developer: Black Mermaid
RRP: £15.99
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Age Restrictions: 12+
Release Date: 27 September 2022

Under grim moonlight, the fierce clayborne warrior Grey Irma battles, driven by a lonesome purpose: Find the Sculptor, and unravel the mystery of her existence. Push the limits of your combat skills, and master new abilities to progress through an unforgiving nonlinear 2D world. Face off against the relentless darkness that seeks to destroy you. In Moonscars, every death is a lesson learnt - and as you overcome each challenge, new truths will be revealed. Death shapes you Before you rise, you first must fall...

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Moonscars is a 2D souls-like platform slasher

The first thing that struck me about Moonscars was how different it looked to other games out there. It's almost like a crude oil painting come to life. But as far as originality goes... that's pretty much your lot.

It's a 2D souls-like platform slasher that borrows much from other games in the genre (no bad thing) but it never feels cliched or as though it's stealing from elsewhere. The gameplay is punishing... yet, not that difficult to fathom. You'll spot patterns in your enemies and working those out is key to progressing without too many issues.

The early stages act as a pretty solid tutorial, allowing you to get used to all the mechanics in a timely fashion. While there's nothing groundbreakingly original here, it's still a fine entry into the market.

It's a pretty, balanced game that will appease fans of the genre.


Nick Smithson

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