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RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a Hack and Slash style game that released on the Xbox store on Tuesday 17th January for £15.99. Created by Rooster Teeth Games, a game's company created within the larger company named Rooster Teeth, is the first game based on the popular web series animation RWBY.
RWBY was created by Rooster Teeth, who of course being company that made the famous web series Red Vs Blue. The game allows you to play as the main protagonists of the RWBY series, Yang, Blake, Weiss and of course, Ruby. The day after release, on the 18th January, a DLC pack featuring Team JNPR was also released for £3.99. All characters in the game are voiced by their original voice actors from the series, and have all those unique personalities we've grown to know and love.
My first impressions of the game were from the music and voices. It was nice to hear the RWBY themed music and the original voice actors, and thus the fan in me loved the game from the beginning. The controllers however made it a bit more difficult to enjoy, due to the surprisingly sloppy controllers for a simple Hack and Slash. As I made my way through the first mission, it was obvious that once you'd mastered the controls, the game was incredibly easy. Each level seemed to be very similar in terms of objectives too, aside from the odd puzzler here and there.
The story starts off with you investigating some Grimm, and quickly turns into the typical story line. A disturbance happens, the heroes find out a bad guy caused the disturbance, you hunt for the bad guy, you beat the bad guy. In all honesty the story was incredibly short and extremely disappointing, especially given the high status of Rooster Teeth and the RWBY franchise.
Gameplay and Collectables
The gameplay, as stated above, is extremely easy once you figure it out. However, figuring it out isn't as simple as one would think. Combos are near none existent between the three different attack modes, and more often than not the best way to win a battle is just by spamming the heavy attack button.
The collectables added something a little more fun to the game, and made it feel a bit more adventure based. However, sadly you have no way of keeping track of these “artefacts”, nor do they have any meaning aside from giving you major experience points.
Skills and Levelling Up
The skill system is extremely easy. Do something a certain amount of times to unlock the upgrade. One example is of completing a certain amount of ranged kills. The skills that become available after all the intense grinding are hardly worth it though, and the level system is pretty much meaningless. Sadly even if you hit max rank with all four characters and complete the rank up option on the main menu, it doesn't do much for the game at all.
The horde mode is an excellent idea, but is very poorly executed. It took me three days of searching at different times to successfully find a full team of people to play with. Once you find these people however, don't expect to be able to play the game as well. When online with other players, and a certain amount of enemies appear, the game simply cannot handle the amount going on. The frame rate can drop to less than half sometimes, and the servers have extreme lag too. The online is honestly a great idea but sadly it's near impossible to play all the way through just because of how much the game suffers in the process.
The environments, for a game that costs near £20, are extremely basic. As someone who has done level design in the past, it is extremely obvious that the textures for most of the game are the basics. It was shocking on some levels to see that the back of objects had hardly been textured at all. The games environment lacks any wow factor, and it is sadly, in my opinion, living off the name of the RWBY series.
Soundtrack and Audio
The soundtrack and audio for this game is one thing that was great. The iconic RWBY theme plays through the game in times when you need it most, and makes you feel like you're actually the character you're playing as. The audio in the game is pretty good too. All the characters sound and act like they would in the show, and the enemies are pretty standard. The only thing I'd pull up is that there is a limited amount of in game dialogue and it's easily noticed when it's repeating.
This game is for die hard fans only of the RWBY series, and even then I'd say the price would have to be at least 50% cheaper to be worth what you get. As a hack and slash style game it's extremely easy for anyone to play. The difficulty system changes nothing except the number of enemies, which makes changing difficulty pretty pointless, and there is also next to no replay value in the story mode. Overall I would say only get this game if it's on sale and you're a big fan of the series. If not, you're probably not going to enjoy yourself.
You can watch the trailer below:
(Images were taken by myself.)
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