I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #232, and today’s game is “Corrupted”.
Tired of saving princesses? Corrupted has the answer as you play the role of a knight trying to do nefarious things against princesses on behalf of an evil overlord who has corrupted you. Gameplay-wise, Corrupted innovates by offering dual-stick hack-and-slash controls which actually gives you direct control over each sweep of the sword with the right analogue stick. Paired up with offline multiplayer modes, and this is a game that easily justifies its 240 Microsoft Point price tag, providing an experience that I enjoyed a great deal more than Castle Crashers.
First, from the developer (OnlyLuck):
“Hack and slash your way through hoards of enemies, with up to 3 other players. Upgrade your character’s skills while working to accomplish a sinister goal. Featuring a unique dual-stick control scheme, for both melee and ranged combat. Corrupted’s campaign and arena modes provide hours of fun!”
With control over your sword sweeps, you can actually chain together combos which can build up to super attacks. As you progress through the game you level up your character over time as well, which makes it more than a Gauntlet clone with dual-stick controls.
There are a few modes of play, including a campaign mode and a few arena modes. The two arena modes are Rush (an objective-based mode where you have to stop peasants from getting past you) and Survival (which is just as it sounds, see how long you can last against hordes of opponents). Thankfully there’s a save function, which means you don’t have to lose your place is the campaign or your upgraded character unless you want to.
There’s also a bow and arrow for those who prefer ranged combat, but I found the bow and arrow largely useful in multiplayer where you can use it to support those in the thick of melee combat. For singleplayer I generally found the sword was the only way to go, but you can switch back and forth between them and an upgraded bow can eventually get pretty powerful.
This game has a lot going for it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended for those interested in a true next-gen version of classic Gauntlet.
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