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Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 9, 2016
PCFeb 9, 2017

Developer: Stormcloud Games

Genre: Action

Choose your hero: Ranger, Mage, Warrior or Amazon then descend into a procedurally generated world constructed entirely from ASCII. With perma-death, weapon crafting, potion brewing and an onslaught of enemies to face, can you survive [email protected]?

The visual look of the game is novel and fun, but underneath it is a shallow and only intermittently enjoyable dungeon crawler.

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The rest of Brutal doesn’t live up to its inspired visuals but it still makes for a good time

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I can’t recommend this to all but the most diehard of genre fans. Even then, the art style may be lost on people who aren’t old enough to remember MS-DOS or a ZX Spectrum. That seems to be the most unique feature of the game.

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[email protected] is certainly a punishing experience for those not used to Rogue-like tropes. Yet it’s a visually attractive game that pays tribute to Rogue in its ASCII style that’s genuinely appealing, as well as having a clean interface and enough flair in the combat to not be devalued as a button masher. A few issues rise when it comes to cooperative play, which make this a harder sell, but [email protected] is otherwise a fitting tribute to Rogue and the genre that came from it that dominates the indie scene.

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Brut@l Announcement Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

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