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MythForce

Beamdog, Aspyr
Sep 12, 2023 - PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

58

Top Critic Average

27%

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Mythforce - Launch Trailer

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MythForce - Theme Song & Cartoon Intro!

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MythForce Gameplay Trailer


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Critic Reviews for MythForce

MythForce is an entertaining action-role-playing roguelite, which stands out for its cartoon aesthetic of the 80s and being very oriented to cooperative play for four. It has many "evils" of the subgenre (random generation of levels, repetition ...), but if you are going to play it with friends, you will have a great time. Alone, maybe not so much.

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Mythforce sounds pretty good on paper, featuring a team of mythic heroes questing to take down a dark lord and his minions.

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Mythforce is shallow and inauthentic, hiding its creative mundanity behind the insincere promise of retro silliness. This lack of artistic integrity is matched by a lack of quality control, awkwardly bolted together as it is with unrefined controls, dreadful performance, and archaic gameplay. At its very best, we have a boring and bland dungeon crawler of a distinctly unrewarding stripe, but it’s almost always far worse than that.

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Some of the problems in MythForce could be forgiven if the core loop stayed fresh and fun, but, sadly, it doesn't. And with services like Game Pass offering up several solid roguelikes, it's tough to justify the $29.99 price tag. Yet, the core idea of an 80s cartoon homage is a lot of fun, and a couple elements of the game succeed brilliantly. A project like this could only have been birthed out of passion, so hopefully MythForce has its day in the sun. The developer has stated it plans to support the game going forward, and further content has been hinted at. But in its current state, there's just not enough to recommend MythForce, both in terms of quantity and quality.

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There's no denying that MythForce absolutely laser targets old crusties like me that used to sit cross-legged in front of a boxy CRT, with cereal pouring down my face as I sat agape at the Saturday morning heroics that were playing out in front of me. Peer beneath its attractive audiovisual presentation however and though a satisfyingly enjoyable roguelite soon reveals itself, it's also one rife with flaws which hint at an offering that has a wealth of presently unrealised potential.

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MythForce looks stunning and perfectly encapsulates the look and feel of '80s action cartoons. Unfortunately, its repetitive gameplay loop, frustrating stamina mechanic, and unrewarding progression system spoil what could've been an exceptional game.

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Even when everything's working, MythForce isn't much more than a bad port of a fun, but uninteresting game. That being said, we can't possibly recommend it in its launch state. We don't take half-baked efforts lightly, and this feels even less than that. With some patches and updates, MythForce could potentially turn things around, although we're very far from not optimistic. As things stand, avoid the Switch version of MythForce.

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Despite some difficult to ignore flaws, Gamers who spent any part of their childhood in the eighties or for one reason or another harbor a fascination for that era of entertainment have plenty of reason to check out MythForce.

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