Ok…let’s talk about Redeemer. Developed by Sobaka Studio and published by Gambitious Digital Entertainment. What the hell is Redeemer? It’s sure as hell not a cutesy game where you’re redeeming tickets at a carnival or something. This game is damn gritty, bloody, action backed, suspense filled, ass kicking. I streamed a bit of it and the viewers were loving it. Probably helped that some of my reactions were fairly funny. But they all agreed on a classification of this game. They were saying its like a mix of Hotline Miami and God of War. They aren’t to far off on the description, but I really want to let people know that this game deserves more than that. Granted those are both great games, but Redeemer really has something special here.
Redeemer is a top down (3/4 view) brawler. For those not familiar with the brawler genre, you basically run around and and kill/beat up everything that moves and it does it well. Before I get into the gameplay, I want to dive into the story a bit, without ruining to much of it. You play the character Vasily, who used to work security for one of the biggest Cybernetic Weapons Manufacturers in the world. You were a bad ass, infiltration, assassination, extortion, and torture. The corporation decides to make you even more of a bad ass and wants to turn you into one of their cyborg soldiers. Staying true to your morals you refuse and barely escape. You decide to hind out in a secluded monastery and become a monk. 20 years later the corporation has found you, and that gives you one last shot at redemption. The story unfolds beautifully and portrays the twisted tale of Vasily and his journey of betrayal and trying to reach redemption. It’s very well done and fits very well with the tone and theme of the game.
Ok, lets get into the gameplay. Redeemer surprised me greatly as I wasn’t sure what to expect. It is brutal and glorious. You can try to be stealthy, just go out in a blaze of glory and try to take everyone on at once and hope to live to tell the tale, or try to take each enemy one by one and just mercilessly destroy them with an executing finisher. You use your own hands and feet to attack, and those attacks can be charged. You can pick up knives, shock batons, axes for even more melee awesomeness. Want to turn it up another notch? Grab gun and pick off enemies before they can get to you. What was fun to see is that every weapon had its own stealth kill and executing kill, I loved that detail. Detail is HUGE in this game. Not just the weapons, the environment is also at your disposal. See a table? Slam them through it using a combo. See a pit of fire? Hit the finisher button and you’ll toss them in. But wait…not just fire pits, there are trees and spikes to impale enemies on, there’s kilns you can smash their face through, there is so much damage you can do you almost want to choreograph an epic scene before you go running into an area. One of my personal favorites? Summoning Swayze and ripping someones throat out like in Roadhouse, damn is that satisfying! Those familiar with the Batman Arkham series the fighting may pull you into it a bit more. There is a parry system where you can time a block and follow up with a nice face punch to do even more damage. Once you get good at it you could time your blocks and parries and have a beautiful dance of death. Even if you don’t like how some of the enemies have guns but you don’t? You can disarm them so they now have to attack you with their fists, but let’s face it, you’re a bad ass. **Small Spoiler** Certain enemies can be dismembered…and said body parts can be used against them. Is all of this enough? They even added an Arena mode where you face hordes of enemies to practice your fighting skills.
Going back into details. The graphics are amazing and fit perfectly. The backgrounds, cliffs, the little details spread about the maps are gorgeous and helps build that environmental experience. I got clipped on Twitch where I rolled after a enemy with a gun. Popped him with a combo and he fell through the barrier on the bridge and fell to his death. It was amazing. It was exceptionally amazing with the environment used for attacks as mentioned above. Though they tend to stand out with a white square boasting a “Hey use me to bring some pain” they fit the environment and theme very well.
In conclusion, Redeemer is solid. The gameplay is amazing and rewards you with awesome moves and gore if you can get creative with your fighting tactics. Everything about this game is epic and gritty which makes that redemption oh so sweeter. Give it a shot, at $14.99 on Steam (currently on sale at the writing of this article at $12.74) it really is worth your attention.
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+ Fun brutal gameplay
+ Solid story about redemption and facing your past
+ Graphics are spot on
- Some interactions are too obvious (white box around usable environment), sometimes killed the freeflowing feeling
- Sometimes targeting was a little off when fighting a group of people, I.E. attacking the wrong person.
- A few more checkpoints would be nice