Review: Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! (PlayStation 4)

Set in Japan’s Sengoku Era, you find yourself in the mysterious land of Arcanus Cella. Hack, slash, and bash your way through trap-filled, monster-infested dungeons based on actual locations from feudal Japan.

Pros:

  • Chunky pixel graphics.
  • 540.8MB Download size.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Retro or modern soundtrack.
  • In depth character creator- Pick a job which defines your stats, type of dialogue like imbecile or nervous. Character appearance and colour.
  • Save when you like.
  • Hack and slash dungeon crawler with RPG elements.
  • Magic circle-Acts as a formation of your team which placement determines stats and buffs. You only control one character in game but the magic circle has you put team members in. You can add stones and artifacts to further manipulate the buffs and stats.
  • Each dungeon has info like number of times cleared, Fastest time cleared and the time required to beat for a star finish.
  • Main hub-Unlock new places like shops, Blacksmith, Bth house and more.
  • Fast travel. You can quickly jump between locations instantly through the menu.
  • Create additional characters and recruit them to your team.
  • Create system-Aside from characters you can create your own music, Face creator and more that unlock as you play.
  • Dungeons are varied and have multiple themes. You have to hit switches, Beat monsters to unlock doors and find chests.
  • Big boss battles.
  • EX Dungeons- Harder dungeons with better loot.
  • Surprisingly easy to get into and a lot of fun.
  • You can ignore a lot of the mechanics and still get a lot from it.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Network play-Co op dungeons and also a PVP mode.
  • 10 chapters for the story with 5 levels within each and then an additional 10 EX chapters.
  • Blacksmith-Add buffs to weapons, You use points which are earned by killing monsters with that weapon.
  • Very addictive.
  • Bite sized levels for quick games.
  • Quests-Optional side quests that can actually change level/monster design in order to do the quests for bonus loot.
  • So much to do.
  • Ran Geons- Randomly generated dungeons with each level having multiple doors. Each door will then randomly change the difficulty of monsters, Drop rate and if you jump any levels ahead. Its a 99 floored dungeon.
  • Tri Geons-Basically the same as Ran Geons but harder and go down a connected aesthetic.

Cons:

  • Music can get a bit much especially the retro type.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Clunky UI.
  • Pick ups pop up in the centre of the screen, Obstructing your view.
  • A lot of item management.
  • A lot of grinding is needed to max weapons and level up.
  • No online private/send invites option.
  • Graphics just look like a blown up Vita display.
  • Combat takes a bit of getting used to.
  • Learning about the magic circle and all the elements within it is a lot to process.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessabilty - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8/10

Summary

There is a hell of a lot of mechanics at play here from item management to recruiting new team mates to levelling gear. The end product is one where you really need to spend a lot of time experimenting and absorbing everything thrown at you. If you are willing to put that kind of commitment in then you have one of the best dungeon crawlers going. The combat is weird at first but is very accessable, Magic circle is a tough beast to master but it is very powerful and really mixes the game up. You have tons of replayability thanks to timed runs, Grinding and of course endless dungeons and quests. At the end of the day it is a fantastic game with bags of charm, You just have to work for it to all pay off and pay off it does.

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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