It feels like every 6 months we get a new LEGO game but why wouldn't we? There consistent success and development of mechanics are embraced by its target audience.
This year has given us Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 already which frames the first part of the trailer. On top of that, we see references to Civil War, Thor Ragnarok and Spiderman Homecoming. With the oncoming wave of Marvel films, it's refreshing to see the Marvel comedy reach out through games. And what better choice than through a LEGO game.
I'll admit, I never played Of Orcs and Men, where Styx made his first appearance or Styx: Master of shadows, Styx's first main game, and one I've had in my library for a little while. I've always enjoyed stealth games, games that require you to sneak around, have done since i played Metal Gear Solid for Playstation. I was never particularly great at them, but the thrill of trying to reach your objective without being spotted and if you are, having to then fight your way through or flee. Needless to say I was rather excited to get my hand on on Focus Home Interactive's latest title, Styx: Shard of Darkness and see what this game was all about. Despite having no previous experience in Styx's universe, I thought i would be perfect for this job as it means i can judge the game not only on how it plays, but how easy it is to access for newer players.
I am a massive fan of LEGO. Since playing with them as a child, creating my very own kingdom, weaving my own stories, the history of LEGO has a large affect on many individuals. I remember when the first LEGO games came about, LEGO racers, Lego Island and then LEGO STAR WARS: The Original trilogy hit the shelves and the boom was off. We were flooded with LEGO intepretations of comic book characters and film. And they have done very well. I myself have enjoyed a number of titles such as the STAR WARS and Indiana Jones games. The LEGO games managed to capture the films in a comic child friendly satire that was amusing for families to play.
Then last year we were told about a new game, LEGO WORLDS, a take on LEGO meeting Minecraft/Trove.
The first installment of Styx gathered quite the gathering of supporters. Players welcomed the opportunity to play as the 'bad' goblin in another stealth adventure game. However, the character of Styx looks to capitalize on the whole Deadpool and breaking the 4th wall. The trailer even references and casually jabs at assassins creed. Early gameplay looks to create quite a detailed high fantasy game with some great stealth combat. Fans of high fantasy settings blended with comic humour should check this out. Here's the launch trailer to wet your appetite.
Odin's eye has been stolen by the trickster Loki and he must retrieve it by any means necessary! Of course, Odin is the all father and with his incredible might and power, he summons.......... Zombie Vikings? From Zoink Games, creators of stick it to the man, comes Zombie Vikings. This interesting game is an action, adventure hack and slash. You play as one of 4 Viking zombies, Caw-Kaa, Hedgy, Gunborg, and Seagurd on an epic quest, each with there own unique set of skills, with up to 40 different weapons, 30+ levels across 8 different worlds. With local single player, local co-op or online multi-player, you can team up with friends in this quest, coupled with a fantastically detailed art style good humour a witty story and some great voice acting, Zombie Vikings is shaping up to be a great, laid back co-op game to play on gaming nights in. Zoink thinks its the perfect pizza-and-beer game.
So lets hope everyone can stitch together and retrieve what is rightfully Odin's...... Oh did i mention you can stitch yourselves together into a mega Zombie? Its certainly one way to work together.