AeternoBlade II-Directors Rewind Review (Steam)

AeternoBlade II-Directors Rewind Review (Steam)

AeternoBlade II: Director’s Rewind is a hardcore action-puzzle game of Time-Manipulation Combat. Control the flow of time, amend the past, foresee the future, convolute with alternate timelines to fight otherwise undefeatable foes, and circumvent the impossible.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 7407MB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Action game gameplay.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, resolution scale, texture quality, post-processing, shadow quality, effect quality, anti-aliasing, and auto-detect.
  • Game settings-damage numbers on/off and show enemies health bar on/off.
  • Controller-six layouts and custom.
  • Can rebind keyboard.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Voice language-English or Thai.
  • Five difficulties.
  • Extras-Gallery and costume viewer.
  • The opening level has tutorial pop ups with the controls.
  • Fast-paced melee fighting game.
  • Devil May Cry vibes for both combat and the speed of the game.
  • Combo counter.
  • Camera-you primarily plays on a 2D side-on view but certain areas like boss fights will change the camera to a 3rd person perspective.
  • Each screen is a zone and generally, you clear the screen to open the next zone.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Norns idol-save point in-game and place to add/remove items from your 3 quick slots.
  • Actions-attack both light and heavy, dodge, counter attacks, air juggling, and ground attacks.
  • Levels have verticality to them and you can ascend with your hook.
  • Slight puzzle elements.
  • Time paradox ability–set up and perform an action and then let it go and it will do that action leaving you to do what you need to do.
  • Enigmata-you can unlock trials from save points which are self-contained levels with rewards.
  • Full stats screen.
  • Time travel elements allow puzzle-solving and kick-ass fight sequences.
  • Feels polished and smooth.
  • Combat is very easy to learn and looks more complicated than it is.

AeternoBlade II-Directors Rewind Review (Steam)

Cons:

  • Slowdown hitches when transitioning to a cutscene.
  • Very button mashy.
  • Forces the time paradox powers on you early on and doesn’t let you bypass it.
  • Tedious zones whereby you need to send it back to the enemy who threw it.
  • I personally didn’t like the puzzles as it is very time travel-focused and it always felt like it would sometimes work.
  • Fighting gets very repetitive.
  • Unbalanced difficulties with easy being far too easy and anything else being ridiculously hard with high enemy numbers used to pad the difficulty.
  • Dodge skill requires pixel-perfect accuracy.

AeternoBlade II-Directors Rewind Review (Steam)

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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