By Dean Moses
Game: Werewolf: The Apocalypse Earthblood
Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
Rating: M for Mature
The PlayStation 5 has already proven itself to be a fantastic console despite a rocky launch due to limited supplies. The biggest issue now has been the lack of software since its early lineup of blockbuster titles such as Spider-man Miles Morales, Demon Souls, and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. We take the look at two new releases to see if they are worth your time.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is based on a pen and paper role playing game, so the narrative is brimming with deep lore that will leave many unfamiliar players scratching their heads in confusion. The basis, however, follows a pack of werewolves as they take on an evil military cooperation. Somewhere amidst the befuddling mythology there is an entertaining story showcasing Cahal, an aged pack leader out to earn the respect of his peers.
This is achieved by a mixture of stealth and action. Developer Cyanide allows players to transform from a man into a wolf at any moment. This is helpful when attempting to pass by armed guards unnoticed. When you are spotted, Cahal will transform into a ferocious werewolf and the game takes on a button-mashing affair. While combat can be fun, the gameplay soon becomes repetitive and tiresome.
The biggest problem comes in the form of the game’s graphics. With the PS5, one would expect jaw-dropping graphical fidelity, instead we are left with visuals that are at least two generations outdated. Characters look to be missing textures and their eyes exhibit blank, dull-like stares.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood can only be recommended for die-hard fans of the role-playing game or werewolf aficionados, and even then, they will have to be extremely forgiving of major shortcomings.
Game: Nioh Collection
Platform: PlayStation 5
Rating: M for Mature
The Nioh Collection is a 4K remaster of Nioh 1 and 2. If you are unfamiliar with this series, it’s similar to the infamous Dark Souls games in both gameplay and difficulty.
If you have played a Demon or Dark Souls game before you will know what to expect here. You must travel through a variety of environments from shorelines and villages to caves battling all manner of monsters and demons. Wielding weapons such as dual swords, axes, spears, bows, rifles, and more.
Hacking your way through levels is truly addicting, especially when a foe drops a rare piece of armor for you to don. The only downside is the extreme difficulty of the bosses. Besting one of these bad boys will take the memorization of their attack patterns, over a dozen attempts, and nerves of steel. Still, when you actually beat them, the sense of accomplishment is immense.
As these are not brand-new titles, the visuals have clearly aged. Still, the addition of 4K certainly adds some much-needed clarity when running on a compatible TV. Nioh Collection truly showcases Japanese samurai culture, with detailed armor, stunning temple sceneries, and more.
Nioh Collection Conclusion
If you have the skill and patience, the Nioh collection is a fun and rewarding addition to your PlayStation game library. With that being said, at the moment much of your PlayStation 5 library may just consist of remasters at the moment.