Undead Horde Xbox One Review
IT’S ALIVE, IT’S ALIVE, IT’S ALIVEEEEEE!
Yes, developed and published by 10tons ltd., comes the eerily gruelling RPG, RTS game Undead Horde. You are a necromancer, trained in the dark art of resurrection, battle your way through the lands of man and restore the ownership to those long gone…Restore the armies of the dead and use your fallen foes to your advantage.
Straight away, Undead Horde’s gameplay draws you right in, with its unique ability to use the bodies of your enemies as soldiers. As practically the King of Necromancers, you have a cult following of soldiers at your disposal. There are many different types of warriors to help you fight in battle, if you kill enough of a certain enemy, you then unlock it in the Crypt to then use on the battlefield. Your soldiers can fight battles for you and tear down structures while you can sit back and watch the fight commence.
This type of gameplay kind of reminds me of Overlord, another game where you were in control of minions, that would do your bidding.
Undead Horde has you play from a birds eye view perspective, which lets you plan out potential battles before they happen. This adds to the level design, which has been crafted beautifully, giving moments of intense suspense. There will be areas of the map you will need to conquer, which involves burning down enemy huts – which enables the enemy to spawn. After you conquer these areas of the map, your forces can move forward into other parts of the map.
Surprisingly, Undead Horde is quite challenging. There is definitely an element of difficulty to this and if you’re too cocky, as I was, you’ll find yourself at the mercy of the opponents swords. Maintaining a small squad of forces is crucial to winning battles in this game. As your soldiers fight on, it’s vital you stay with them and use your resurrect ability as often as you can. If you find yourself without soldiers, your slow movement speed can get the better of you.
Saying this, battles are immense fun. The graphics of Undead Horde are rather simplistic, yet the gore is a welcome addition. After long and challenging battles, the battlefields are splattered with the bodies of your slain enemies, pawns in the battle of the Undead.
The lighting in Undead Horde is also rather well put together. This is especially noticeable in caves and in the Crypt. The lights on the wall and the shaders all do well to give an atmosphere one soon won’t forget.
On top of all of this, Undead Horde also has an element of RPG to the game. When you are slaying your enemies, often, you’ll find objects and weapons to pick up. Some are better quality than others, and you do have the option to sell them, but you’ll want to pick up as many as these weapons as you can. Always be on the hunt for a better weapon, as it may mean the difference between victory and defeat.
You’re not restricted to just one weapon either, on your adventures you’ll find many different types of weapons, one being staffes. Because you’re a badass necromancer, you can also make use of magic, through the weapons you find. If and when you come across the likes of a staff, you implement the use of fireballs to burn your enemies. This will come at a cost however, draining your mana, but no fear – as this can be found while looting buildings and corpses. Your mana will replenish as you kill enemies and a combination of hack and slash, with use of magic is how you will triumph in Undead Horde.
Overall, I found Undead Horde to be a very fun experience. The game has a decent level of difficulty to it and I can only imagine how the last stages of the game will be. I loved the combat and the ability to resurrect the fallen soldiers you have slain, as well as the gory graphics and RPG mechanics. The performance of the game ran smoothly, at a constant 60 frames per second, however one downfall for this game is that there aren’t really that many settings to change in the menu. There aren’t much in terms of visual control, so you can’t turn the gore off for younger players and there aren’t any controls settings. The controls are fairly simple though and are easy to learn, but there’s no mapping of sorts so you’ll have to get used. Overall, I would definitely recommend this game to those who like a challenge, there’s a bit of blood but I reckon some younger players would also enjoy this game, and parents alike who may step in for a bit of backseat gaming. It’s a fun little game for fun little people.
Price – £14.24