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Devolver cut straight to the chase this year with a game trailer for Shadow Warrior 3, before gracing us with their theme for this year’s parody:”A streaming subscription service.” I was gonna comment how it seems a tad late, but with new streaming subscription services coming out nearly every year, no, not really. And as usual, the parody was on point and hilarious, but what about the games? Well they had a banging line up this year, but let’s get into that with the assessment.
Assessment of the line up of games...
Devolver started out showing off the gameplay for Shadow Warrior 3. With a name like that you’d expect a ninja themed stealth game, or hack-n-slash. Not an FPS(first-person-shooter) that feel like Doom. Not that I’m complaining. After a few years of CoD being the biggest thing in gaming and many developers competing with it, this is a nice change in feel and aesthetics. And it’s slated sometime this year(2021) for PS4, PC, and Xbox One, which is nice because I can get it for PS4.
Next was a trailer for Trek to Yomi, which I almost mistook at being similar to, or a sequel to Ghost Of Tsushima. But Ghost Of Tsushima is an open world RPG, whereas this looked to be a side scroller hack-n-slash, which makes me glad it’s for Xbox, PC, and PS5, which means I may get to play it eventually when I get a PS5. I’m not fond of the black in white aesthetic, but so long as the gameplay rules, I’m good.
Following that was Phantom Abyss, which seems to be a first-person, puzzle solving, platformer. And holy crap does it look hard…? You gotta dodge spikes, pit falls, rolling boulders, the works. In fact the way these traps make the Temple of Doom look like a children’s playground. And yet, I’m tempted to wanna play it. I kinda wanna see how difficult it is. Good thing it’ll have Early Access on Steam July 22 so I can give it a go.
It kinda feels like a cross between Fall Guys, Tomb Raider, and Indiana Jones. And if that's what Devolver was going for, more power to them. Especially if it pulls in the audience for those franchises.
Next was Wizard With A gun. I saw the trailer for this Saturday separate from Devolver’s conference. The animation looked dope, as I’d watch this were it a cartoon. But I missed seeing the gameplay in the trailer. Game play of which is similar to a top down dungeon crawler, which is an interesting aesthetic for a multiplayer survival sandbox adventure with guns. Honestly it reminds me of Spiral Knights on Steam. I’m bummed it won’t be available for the PS5, as it’ll be available for the Switch and PC in 2022.
Oh well, just gives me more incentive to buy a Switch, because I doubt I’ll be able to play the Steam version on my iMac.
Following that was Death’s Door, of which I almost mistook for more gameplay footage of Wizard With A Gun, until the character slashed his adversaries and used a grappler. Though the medieval setting, the variety of bosses, and glowing doorways should’ve been a hint that this was something different. It’s slated for July 20th released, and sadly it’s for Xbox One, Series X, and Steam. And if it’s on Steam with the consoles only being X-box, most likely won’t be available for iMac. I’ll look into that since this has piqued my interest.
After that was a trailer for Inscryption, which looks to be a horror game based around puzzle solving, card games, and board games. Looks fun, but the horror atmosphere and aesthetic makes me too unnerved to wanna play it. It’ll be out sometime later this year(2021), but it’s not stated for which platform at this time.
Following that was an animated trailer for a mobile game called “Devolver Tumble Time.” It’s an animated trailer that gave me vibes similar to John K.’s animation style. But the level of satire on display about how distracting mobile games are had me thinking this was fake. These suspicions increased when I couldn’t find the trailer immediately on Youtube. But upon paying attention to the trailer in the conference, yes this is real, and it’ll be available on Apple App Store and Google Play for smart phones some time this year of 2021… And given that I have an Android with Google Play…Oh joy…
And finally, they closed out with Demon Throttle, which according to the preceding skit, it’ll be available on the Switch only through physical distribution. And given how Devolver’s whole parody this year was poking fun at how companies advertise subscription services, I doubt it won’t get a digital release eventually.
As for the gameplay? It’s an 8-bit top down rail shooter about a guy hunting demons, because a demon kissed his wife…Or something… I wish I was making that up. It also include 2-player local co-op which completes the old school feel of this game. Yet another reason for me to get a Switch.
I’m not surprised Devolver had a good showing of games this year. What I am surprised about is the number of new original titles like Wizard With A Gun, Phantom Abyss, Death’s Door, Tumble Time, and Demon Throttle. The only game that was a sequel to anything was Shadow Warrior 3. The gamplay for all of these titles looked really fun too, and worth a look. Honestly, if I’m not careful, Devolver’s gonna rob me of every penny I have.