Extinction is a forthcoming videogame from Iron Galaxy and Modus Games, which is released on April 10th in Standard and Deluxe Editions, and as you’ll see from the trailer below, there are elements of Shadow of the Colossus in here, as well as it being a fighting game that breaks free of the usual games by mixing cel-shaded graphics with a hugely colourful and 21st Century update, and upgrades itself from the kind of game I’ve played many times before, to one I can’t wait to get my hands on!
A little bit of story first of all, and the world of Extinction has always been at war with itself. When a giant portal opens in the land of Dolorum, the massive threats only spoken of in children’s fairy tales suddenly come to life. Our hero in this story is named Avil, a new trainee inducted into an ancient order known as the Sentinels, dedicated to preserving the knowledge of the monstrous threats called Ravenii – and the techniques to eliminate them. Unfortunately, the Sentinel order has degraded over the years and Avil is now the last hope for humanity.
Skill-Based Combat: Known for their work on fighting games, Iron Galaxy has applied their expertise to the action-adventure genre. Avil has a wide variety of skills and attacks he can execute on the horde of minions trailing in the wake of each Ravenii. Players can cancel into almost any attack they want at any time, switching seamlessly between single strikes, sweeping area of effect (AOE) attacks, knocking enemies into the sky for an aerial combo, and more.
Defending Dolorum: Avil’s key to permanently eliminating the Ravenii is the Rune Strike. This wicked attack can be used to dismember the massive ogres, and can be further powered up by saving people, killing Jackals, destroying Ravenii armour, dismembering the Ravenii themselves, and accomplishing objectives within each mission. One fell swoop is all Avil needs to stop a Ravenii, but these giant beasts won’t make it easy.
Gameplay and Strategy: All of the options Avil has when traveling through the city, he can also use on Ravenii, such as running vertically up a surface or using his whip to grapple to new heights. There are many types of Ravenii, each with their own attacks, armor and weapon combinations, and behaviors. Avil will need to overcome the challenge of climbing up the massive monsters, removing their armor, avoiding spikes and other obstacles that might hurt him, while also dodging the giant’s attacks long enough to perform a devastating Rune Strike and decapitate the Ravenii. Prioritizing competing objectives with the threat of civilians dying and towns being destroyed is what will truly test the skills of the player.
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