TrollHunters Defenders Of Arcadia Review (PlayStation 4)

TrollHunters Defenders Of Arcadia Review (PlayStation 4)

Jump into the world of Trollhunters as Jim Lake Jr. to stop Porgon the Trickster Troll and his sneaky plans! Team up with Claire in couch co-op and also get a helping hand from lots more loved characters to face unknown evil forces and help stop the Time-pocalypse! Upgrade your armor and boost your abilities to become more powerful than ever. The fate of the universe is in your hands.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2.88gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Two modes-Human (normal difficulty) and Troll (hard difficulty).
  • Voiced cast.
  • 2D action side scroller gameplay.
  • Simple hack and slash combat.
  • Collectibles in the level.
  • Gnomes-catch these in levels to play the Omelrugs gnome challenge mini-game.
  • Omelrugs Gnome mini game-throw Gnomes at moving targets to win money.
  • Hub World-spend your smelly socks or cash in the shops.
  • Quests tab to show what needs to be done and what rewards you can earn.
  • Basic puzzle elements.
  • End of level breakdown that shows how many of the Collectibles you have.
  • A time map used to choose which level to do.
  • Assists-as you meet/rescue/defeat characters you can have them do a special move or attack for you, you can equip 3 and swap at will, all you need to do is wait for their move to charge.
  • Big boss fights with a handy respawn upon death mechanic making them less aggressive.
  • Easy to play.
  • Chilled yet engaging gameplay.

TrollHunters Defenders Of Arcadia Review (PlayStation 4)

Cons:

  • No actual tutorial.
  • Repetitive game design.
  • Going back to the hub after every level slows the pace right down.
  • Boss fights are basic.
  • Quest management is not that great.
  • Little in the way of innovation.
  • Aimed more at kids than older gamers.
  • Can be hard to see the smaller enemies.

TrollHunters Defenders Of Arcadia Review (PlayStation 4)

  • 6/10
    Graphics - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

It’s rare nowadays to get licensed games and it’s even rarer to have a licensed game on a console. With the name Way Forward attached I did have a certain expectancy. Unfortunately what I got was a very dry repetitive action platformer. TrollHunters never tried to push the genre or gameplay forward and felt like a game that was just rushed through. Don’t get me wrong it’s playable and if you care for trophies or a simple yet slight engaging platformer then this is fine, overall it’s just a safe yet bland experience with so many nuisances like always going back to the hub to pick the next level, the lack of any real direction and how the pace is just slow. I say it’s one for trophy hunters and younger players but even they may grow tired of it all with little action and excitement.

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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