Moonlighter – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Moonlighter
Moonlighter is an Action RPG where you play as Will. Will is a shop keeper in Rynoka. Ever since an Archaeological excavation discovered a set of gates. Will has wanted to explore these caves. After a while people discovered where these gates led, different dimensions and realms.
Moonlighter allows you to do both, look after the shop and explore the dungeons. During the day you are required to run the shop. You can put items up for sale and oick the prices yourself. You can even upgrade the shop and employ new assistants. Be careful who you work with as some people won’t want to work for you and actually steal your loot. During the day you can also get to know your neighbors, the fellow residents of Rynoka. It is wise to do this as you will get to know your customers and know what they are looking for. Some of your neighbors will have quests for you. If you manage to forfill these requests you will get rewarded with some very nice stuff. Also by interacting with your fellow villagers you will be able to craft and even enchant more weapons and armour.
A feature that I liked about working in the shop during the day was that the customers will tell you how the feel about a price. If they think the price is decent they will have a smile above their heads. If they think that it’s a bargain they will have coins for eyes, and if they think its too extra they will frown. Another feature that I liked was the ability to take customer requests. This means the customers tell you what they want so you know what to look for. It’s all about money and the only way to get some is to please your customers.
At night it feels like a completely different game. This is where you enter the dungeons. You have to work your way through the dungeons as each gate leads to a different world. Each run is different, offers a variety of enemies and requires you to make some smart (and not so smart) decisions. Speaking of enemies there will be a variety of enemies throughout the worlds with each having different abilities. On top of this each world also offers a boss fight. These Will have more skill than your usual enemies and are a lot more harder to kill. While you’re in the dungeons it’s not all about killing enemies (unless you want it to be). There is also a lot of loot to be found here too. If you manage to make it out alive with this loot then you will be able to place it on sale in your shop and make a nice profit.
What I liked about the dungeons is that each one is different and it is clear to see. They all have individual themes to make them feel different and the enemies get a fashion upgrade to help match their current theme. Although they look different they act more or less the same throughout.
At first I was really looking forward to playing Moonlight but as soon as I saw the achievements it threw me straight off. As someone who plays games and likes to collect achievements I do have one downfall. My total gamerscore MUST end in a 0 or a 5. I know I am not the only one who is like this and I’m sure that what I am about to say will infuriate a few of you. A lot of the achievements are worth 12G. Instead of making it 10 or even 15 they decided to go for 12. Meaning it is possible to get it back to 0 or 5 (especially if you manage to get all achievements). However it would mean you have to collect the majority of them and if you struggle to get one of them then your total gamerscore might now end with a 2 a 3 or maybe even a 4. Just imagine the pain of having to look at your gamerscore end in a number that isn’t a 5 or 0.
I like the fact that if feels like 2 different games. It allows you to focus on one more than the other or both at the same time. However apart from the achievements there is one other problem I found. There is too much going on. I have mentioned it’s like playing 2 games at once and as good as that is, it’s difficult to balance them both.
Price – £16.74
Publisher – 11 Bit Studios
Developer – Digital Sun
Review code supplied by EVOLVE