Redeemer: Enhanced Edition – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Redeemer
I`d be lying if I said I went into the enhanced edition of Redeemer knowing much about the original. The enhanced edition released just over a week ago and features new content and a local co-op mode for 2 players with a few other improvements. Perhaps enough to warrant a completely fresh buy? I`m not too sure, and without playing the original it would be hard to say so, but having not played the original, which launched 2 years ago, I`d be approaching Redeemer with a completely open mind. How was it going to fare? I must say, I`ve quite enjoyed what I`ve played of it.
The enhanced edition of Redeemer is developed by Sobaka Studio and published by Ravenscourt and released just over a week ago on Xbox. Described as a twin-stick shooter, it tells the story of Vasily, a monk who is a previous-ex soldier who has been tasked with wiping out a organisation that have been intent on destroying his brothers and monastery. Across a range of levels, you`ll be tasked with wiping them out from everywhere, and whilst also dealing creatures alike. It does follow a linear structure and feels quite basic, but that`s not necessarily a bad thing.
I never use to be a keen lover of the twin-stick shooters, because firstly I use to suck at them, badly, and secondly, I never really had any interest. Over the past 12 months or so, I have found myself getting into love with the genre of game that Redeemer falls into (Although you could argue that it falls into a few different genres) so for me, being very easily entertained by these style of games, perhaps made it a bit easier.
Once you have gotten to grips with the controls early on, then you`ll find the game becomes very easy to get through. You have the ability to choose a range of different difficulty settings to play-through, and rather than others that have decided to go through one consistent difficulty setting or to start off easier and progress throughout the story and get more difficult, you have the ability to choose how you want to play (Which for those who like a good bit of replay value out of their games, the ability to play through multiple difficulties will be a good challenge).
Over the course of the game, your job is to kill out every enemy or sneak around enemies and make your way to the end of a level to progress into the next one. Across 16 levels, you`ll pick up objects and weapons that can be used in order to wipe out enemies, to help you get to the next level. Over the course of Redeemer, it also uses an XP progression system, where you`ll earn XP points and choose in a range of different categories to level up Vasily and aid yourself in the game.
Redeemer offers a good challenge, and depending what difficulty you go for (As long as you don`t go for Easy as I found that a bit too easy – although for some that perhaps want a general leisure through the game will be ok) you`re going to get a good challenge. Enemies at times come in swarms and hives, and really do offer a bit of a annoying task and not getting caught up, but like other twin-stick shooter games, sometimes firing around as a bit of a blindman is a good tactic.
Some people may find the game repetitive, and in a way, some people will do. Admittedly however, if you didn’t like anything repetitive, you wouldn’t play and get involved with a twin-stick shooter title. The different levels offer different surroundings and different enemies to wipe out, so it didn’t feel repetitive to me, and you do get moments that perhaps breaks up the usual surroundings and killings.
Redeemer is a game that I have quite enjoyed my time with so far. I think perhaps that`s been made a bit easier given I had no recognition of playing the original, so I couldn’t honestly say whether the enhanced edition has been worthwhile releasing it as a fresh game rather than a update to the existing one, but for new players, it is a game that`s going to be fun, challenging at times, and if you love a good twin-stick shooter, then you`ll enjoy Redeemer, or at least I have.
Developer: Sobaka Studio
Website: Redeemer – Enhanced Edition
Review code supplied by Koch Media