John Wick Hex – PC Review
If you’re a fan of action movies, you’ve heard of John Wick. Keanu Reeves going through and wasting through a ton of bad guys in a barrage of bullets and ruthlessness. So when one goes from those crazy fast-paced movies and then think of a John Wick video game, a turn-based game may not be what you had in mind, but damn does it work.
John Wick Hex is a prequel to the three movies. He’s in his prime and has a job to end Hex’s reign as a criminal mastermind. The story is very well done and fits a younger John Wick. The cutscenes were fun and with Troy Baker voicing Hex, you know you’re in for a fun ride.
Gameplay took a little bit for me to get used to. It took a round and a couple of failures to understand that I needed to think ahead more than I was. It wasn’t just enemy after enemy. It’s turn-based, and it had a neat timeline system where you could see what the enemy was going to do and when and if you could maybe use it to your advantage. But like I mentioned before you can’t just go from enemy to enemy. You need to think of your position, their position, how much ammo do you have left, do you need to reload, can you maybe take them out without shooting, or do you need to heal? Yeah, it’s a lot to think about but when you get in a rhythm you start to feel and think like John Wick. The UI is simple but has everything you need to know. Your ammo, health, and focus. Focus is what is needed to perform some moves and some moves use more focus than others. Then at the top is the timeline where you can see what has happened, and what will happen in hopes you can handle the situation without dying. The gameplay flows very well as you are performing these actions to reach the end of the stage. The boss fights, however, do need a little bit more thought as they won’t be as easy to take down, dealing with armor and stronger weapons. The gameplay is definitely a little different than you may be used to, but it’s damn fun.
Visually the game also has its own feel as well. The people are somewhat detailed with the faces and clothes, but everything else like the background and other objects either have hardly any details or a ton. The shading they have on the graphics really sells the visual and makes everything pop on the screen. It is a really fun look and fits the whole theme really well.
Overall, John Wick Hex deserves your attention. It’s got action, tactics, a great story, and a slick look. Fans of the movie would definitely enjoy the extra lore the developers took the time to create a story that fits perfectly in the world of John Wick Hex. The price of $19.99 is a solid deal for this game!
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+ Fast-paced, turn-based game fits the world of John Wick Perfectly
+ The graphics have their own style, and voice acting is great
+ More than one way to play
+ Fun and challenging
- A little more polish could be added, but really no negatives.