Guardian Of Lore Review (PlayStation 5)

For our Guardian Of Lore Review, we play as the descendant of a powerful yet cruel king who conquered the land and condemned their original cultures to oblivion. But after being anointed the new Guardian of the Library where that lost knowledge is kept, now it is time for you to amend your ancestors’ mistakes and protect the ancient tales from the wicked magic that threatens to erase them forever. 

Guardian Of Lore Review

Guardian Of Lore Review Pros:

  • Beautiful hand-drawn graphics.
  • 2.93GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • You get both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
  • 2.5D action platformer.
  • Two difficulties – Easy and normal/difficult.
  • Four save slots.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Simple hack and slash combat.
  • Full inventory management.
  • Glossary shows your real-time attributes like the type of physical damage or what elemental damage you are currently doing.
  • Opening tutorial section but you get continuous pop-ups as needed.
  • Magic stance is where you can then add a 3 button combination to cast a spell.
  • Massive boss battles.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Knowledge drops from enemies and chests, it is used as currency for both items and using your spells/powers.
  • Globes act like shops/crafting points and you can buy/destroy items, get new uniforms and learn new spells.
  • The library is your hub where you access lore, use the shops, and select what level to play.
  • Beautiful locations and artwork that has you going through and behind the art/scenery.
  • Levels are represented and indeed presented like books with big glorious oldy world text.
  • A wide variety of weapons from swords, axes, and spears and not forgetting the trusty shield.
  • Metroidvania platformer.
  • Is a satisfying game but it is difficult.
  • Every backdrop to a section looks like a painting on the wall, the platforms could be clouds that you thought were scenery, it’s all very well done.
  • Secret areas.
  • Lots of loot.
  • Elements play a huge part with them canceling and empowering attacks based on the element in use

Guardian Of Lore Review

Guardian Of Lore Review Cons:

  • The font in-game is very hard to read.
  • Casting spells takes time and you can be damaged when performing.
  • The huge learning curve as the combat involves being patient and learning the routine and motions to it. Basically, if you hack and slash you will have a tough time.
  • Quite harsh knowledge costs for using powers/spells.
  • Combat has that annoying thing where you can’t change direction when pressing the button.
  • Some parts of the level have you seemingly walking on air.
  • At times the hit detection gets whacky and throws you around.
  • The healing you get from powers and items is a small add-on on top of the needless cooldown meter.
  • You can get hot through walls and platforms.
  • Bad at giving feedback on hits.
  • Never sure when it’s saved or if checkpoints are a thing so you can land up playing huge chunks again.

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Guardian Of Lore Review

Guardians Of Lore:

Official website.

Developer: Top Hat Studios

Publisher: Round 2 Games

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PlayStation

  • 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

Summary

There is a fantastic game in here, it’s got that hook whereby exploration is fun, the loot is plentiful, and gives you so many options to mix it up, issue is the bits that are bad are frustrating and really stop you in your tracks. For me the combat is bad but manageable, you just have to retrain yourself and be patient. No the real issue for me is the bad checkpointing but also the cheap level design tactics deployed to try and stop you. As a platformer, it needs to do certain things but it fails at the simple stuff, it is one of those games where it felt like no one played it after building it, little missteps that cause a lot of annoyance and frustration. I like the game, it has a lot of potentials, the art style is gorgeous, the way the levels incorporate platforms is just sublime and the powers/spells really mix it up but it the crappy design and flow of the levels, the constant difficulty spikes thanks to either bad design or cheap camera movements. I just wish it could be a more cohesive and free-flowing experience because the concept is delicious.

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!