Eastern Exorcist Review (Steam)

Eastern Exorcist review

Eastern Exorcist is a stunning 2D side-scrolling action RPG set in a fantasy eastern world with the vicious spirits and monsters. Play as a skilled exorcist against chaotic evil to fight your way through the brutal world, and experience different stories of joy and sorrow.

Pros:

  • Beautiful hand-drawn graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorials.
  • Graphics-fullscreen and resolution.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller.
  • 3 save slots.
  • 3 difficulties-casual, normal and hard.
  • Power-collected in-game from enemies and the environment and is cashed in at shrines to level up.
  • Shrines-activate them to use as a save/checkpoint.
  • Shrines have activities-character level up, challenge level, teleport, worship, and strenuous training.
  • Charming soundtrack.
  • Level up increases health and attack power.
  • Can use a d-pad or analog stick.
  • Challenge level-face off against enemies in set circumstances to get rewards.
  • Strenuous training-pick an action and practice.
  • Map uncovers as you play and discover areas.
  • Deep combat with slashes, combos, aerial attacks, dodges, parries and exorcism arts, jump attacks, charged attacks.
  • Defeated enemies go into a downed state and will attempt to reanimate when their bar fills back up, you can dispel them for power.
  • Icons flash up to indicate a perfect dodge or parry.
  • 2D perspective.
  • Chinese/Japanese voice with English subtitles.
  • Boss battles-take the defeated bosses’ power and use it as an exorcism art.
  • Uses a stamina system for attacks.
  • The main story along with optional side quests.
  • Exorcism arts-special abilities that cost mana, you can have four equipped at any time and swap between them at will.
  • Slick animations.
  • Lightning-fast loading times.
  • The action plays out on a screen by screen basis.
  • Play how you want and explore at will.
  • Satisfying combat.

Cons:

  • No graphic options.
  • Stop-start action.
  • Never know when you are playing or when the game is doing it for you.
  • The mission notifications and structure on the menu are just slow and clunky.
  • Not all text lines up in the boxes.
  • The map can be hard to make sense of.
  • Slow starter.
  • No combo counter.
  • Has an exclamation point and the action stops to signal an enemy encounter, no need.
  • Combat across multiple levels is painful.
  • Anything flying is a pain in the ass.
  • Can easily feel lost with it all.
  • Difficulty spikes with the bosses.

Eastern Exorcist review

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Eastern Exorcist is a very polished hack and slash game. The combat is its stand out feature with combos and charge attacks the norm, you can acquire new skills by defeating bosses and doing missions, this allows you to customise your style as you can equip 4 at a time and flip between them with the right stick, skills include lightening or a shadow version of yourself helping. The world is beautiful and plays out in 2D but the design is that where you can jump up and down platforms to make the world feel bigger. For levelling up you collect this soul like essence from enemies but can also be found in the world, you then cash these in at shrines and level up. For a level up its just a basic health and stamina increase each level. Stamina plays a huge part in combat and needs to be managed in order to counter and attack. Whilst I praise the combat, the way it starts bugs me as it doesn’t just happen, instead you get a exclamation point pop up then it will spawn in the enemies, it slows the other otherwise fast paced game down, talking of combat woes, hitting anyone on a different level is a pain as is the enemies that Crawl on the floor, it’s probably my bad ninja skills but it was always a problem. So anyway the game, you get your main story missions and can then pick up random side missions (each are handily marked story or side) and you can visit the shrine and take on trials like events so the game has a lot to offer and going on. It has a lot of Metroidvania aspect and as the map reveals itself to you, it becomes clear backtracking is a must as you level up and get new abilities. Story wise it never really grabbed me but that’s fine as the combat keeps you in there. Boss fights are just massive difficulty spikes and highlight how awkward the controls for items can be. Upon death you lose a chunk of you soul essence with no way of getting it back. Fast travel is in the game which is handy as the markers and map layout is not clean and is a mess to navigate and work out what’s what. Overall I found Eastern Exorcist to be a competent game with thrilling combat but poor menus and mission structure drags it back.

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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