Of all of the World Of Darkness pen-and-paper RPGs, I at all times liked Werewolf: The Apocalypse probably the most. It appears like Cyanide’s tackle the setting — Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood — understands simply how over-the-top it needs to be, based mostly on PC Gamer’s early impressions on a construct they noticed at E3. It’s a semi-sneaky motion RPG the place gamers management Cahal, a grimacing bald biker-looking lad who grows greater than his justifiable share of hair again when he’s in his large stompy wolf-man type. He’s additionally simply too offended to sneak generally, which appears like a enjoyable mess.
As with the P&P sport, the arch-enemy of all werewolves is the Pentex company, a comically evil conglomerate that actually hate nature. Werewolves, then again, are large hippies that wish to hug timber, then probably uproot them to make use of as golf equipment to smash evildoers, as a result of evil makes them offended. That rage appears like a key a part of the sport. Whereas there are lots of benefits to sneaking, getting near company malfeasance and choosing up ‘tainted’ objects fills up Cahal’s rage gauge. When it tops out, you don’t get to settle down till you’ve killed all the pieces that strikes.
Whereas in a roundabout way correct to the pen-and-paper guidelines, it does match many Werewolf characters with hair-trigger tempers, and captures the spirit of enjoying a personality who could be large and bushy everytime you need. PC Gamer describe with the ability to scout areas and squeeze into crawlspaces whereas in wolf type, and snipe guards with a crossbow in human type, however these sound like choices to skinny out the herd earlier than feeding time. There’s enemies able to going toe-to-toe with werewolves too, each rogue lycanthropes and power-armoured grunts appearing as larger chew-toys.
Whereas not demoed, PC Gamer say that the fad system carries into conversations. If a dialog goes downhill otherwise you get insulted, it builds up, however could be decreased by tapping out of conversations with a pleasant fist to the face. In all probability much less enraging is the flexibility to speak to animal’s spirit varieties and different Gaia-attuned beings. You’ll even have the ability to be taught some nature magic, though PC Gamer describe it much less as Okami-esque flower-sprouting, and extra ‘a localised twister to assemble up enemies for a beatdown’.
All of it sounds moderately good, and whereas Cyanide have had their ups and downs, I at all times felt that Styx: Grasp Of Shadows, their goblin stealth ’em up, was underrated (though the sequel rubbed me the improper means). Right here’s hoping they’ll mix that with a enjoyable melee fight system. We’re overdue for Werewolf sport. You’ll be able to learn a bit extra about it over on cheery RPS fan-zine PC Gamer. The sport is printed by Bigben interactive.