Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review of Avenged Sevenfold's Hail To The King: Deathbat by Kotaku

Kotaku posted a review of Avenged Sevenfold's Hail To The King: Deathbat:


Challenge
Hail to the King: Deathbat is a challenging game. You can't just hack and slash your way to the end of each level. You need to take time to figure out how to progress. At first glance it can be easy to miss a hidden path or a lever. One level had me going in circles for a while searching for the last of three levers to open a gate so I could proceed to the next section of the level. There are also times where you will get mobbed with enemies and quickly killed if you aren't careful. You will need to think quickly on your feet and try to pick them off one by one instead of charging in mindlessly swinging your weapon around. It's this kind of challenge that keeps Deathbat fun even if you get stuck or keep dying. The sense of satisfaction at overcoming a difficult section of a level is its own reward.

Art Style
Deahbat has a wonderful art style pulled right out of the album covers and booklets of Avenged Sevenfold's albums. Eerie graveyards, undead warriors, and of course tons of skeletons. The levels are also inspired by various hit songs from the band. There's a evil church/graveyard level inspired by the band's early hit "Unholy Confessions," you get to fight through the demon infested city of Babylon from "Beast and the Harlot," and travel the bat-ridden deserts and caves of "Bat Country," the band's breakout single. This game truly captures the essence of Avenged Sevenfold.

Story
Deathbat has a decent story but it's nothing special either. Two of the three gods believed that good would always triumph while the third, Kerberos, believed that creatures with free will would always give into evil desires. So the gods decided to make a wager. They created the world of Haides and populated it with various creatures of both good and evil. They then bestowed unto the world a talisman of ultimate power. Whoever wielded the talisman was granted unimaginable power.

The world was plummited into chaos as various men and demons fought over the Talisman but out of the darkness rose a great warrior named Andronikos who sought to rid the world of evil. Slowly but surely he defeated the forces of evil and was made king. Not wanting to lose the wager, to absolutely no one's surprise Kerberos interfered and killed Andronikos, replacing him with an evil version. He then broke the Talisman into pieces and gave the shards to various forces of evil, descending Haides into darkness once again.

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