I have previously ranted to anyone who even half listens to me about why I love Dark Souls and Souls-like games! They are honestly a big part of the time that I put into gaming. The reason I love these kinds of games so much is that I wasn’t always a fan of them, and I found them too hard and way too clunky. However, here I sit, one of the converted, now trying to convince other people to try it. While there have been many more Souls-like releases over the last several years, they have usually kept within the same look and feel as the original. Watcher Chronicles, however, comes to us with a far more upbeat visual similar to Castle Crashers and (as of date of writing) has come out with a hugely positive response on PC.
Watcher Chronicles is a 2D Souls-like game coming to us from indie developers Third Sphere Games Studios. This is the teams first foray into gaming. Released on 19 January 2022 for PC, Watcher Chronicles puts you in the shoes of an unnamed protagonist who has unfortunately been thrown into purgatory just after it’s been invaded by an unholy threat. The fallen ones known as “The Watchers” are trying to convert purgatory into their own hell. The first thing that strikes me about this game is its focus on a faster-paced action than your traditional souls-like. Combined with a cartoony style visual, it really helps set itself apart from others.
What you can expect from a game like this is a large connected world where you need to put on your exploring shoes as you always need to grab loot. Maybe it’ll be a new weapon, spell or armour, which will change the outcome of a battle, who knows. I mostly enjoy the fact you can customise your character and weapon loadout to a playstyle that suits you fortunately, the team have focused on a robust yet streamlined RPG system to ensure you update what you want to continue building a unique character. I’m also relieved to hear the focus by the team has been the finely tuned and tight control style which is where a lot of games like this do fail, alongside a very flashy looking magic system that really has a lot to offer.
Giant swords, scythes, polearms and my personal favourite, the poking stick, are all on offer for you, alongside summoning powers and even lightning and fire magic to give you an edge and to get you moving on. There is also over 20 bosses to get your teeth into, and if you’re still struggling, why not ask a friend to pop over to join you in some couch co-op? All in all, I think this is definitely one I’m going to die in a lot. Have you played Watcher Chronicles yet? Or will you be checking it out for yourself after reading this article? Join us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know in this article’s comments.
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