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Way of the Passive Fist

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

50%

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Based on 19 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Mar 6, 2018
PCMar 6, 2018

Publisher: Household Games Inc.

Genres: Arcade, Fighting

A mysterious figure known only as the Wanderer travels across the distant planet of Zircon V, a once prosperous mining colony that is now on the brink of destruction in the face of its dying star. By using the Passive Fist technique, the Wanderer can outlast any foe by deflecting their attacks and draining their stamina. With colonists disappearing and maniacs running wild, the Wanderer must stand firm, stay calm and fight for answers in this unique modern brawler! Gameplay Features: Timing & Rhythm Based Combat: Classic brawler action flipped on its head! Study your enemies' patterns and nullify their attacks with perfectly timed parries and dodges and let your enemies defeat themselves Build Combos & Unleash Super Attacks: Fill your super meter with consecutive parries and dodges and spend it to destroy all who stand in your way Create Your Own Difficulty Setting: Adjust gameplay settings to customize your own challenge level with its own unique name Fully Remappable Controls: Set any action to any button! With fully remappable controls you can use a controller one-handed (left hand or right hand), you can play on controller with just the use of sticks (no buttons) or play on keyboard. You have the freedom to play your way! Level Up! Earn medals and XP from fights to earn upgrades and unlock new abilities Story & Arcade Modes: Play through the Story Mode and take a stance against tyranny on Zircon V. Then, challenge yourself with the Arcade Mode and play through the whole game with limited lives to prove your mastery of the Passive Fist!

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The intriguing gameplay and myriad difficulty options are enough to make Way of the Passive Fist an intriguing curio, but it falls into the some of the traps it tries to escape

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Way of the Passive Fist is an imaginative twist on a classic genre. It's fun to imagine a hero that can go through an entire warrior's journey without laying a hand on anyone… mostly. (The Wanderer's special attacks are a power punch, body slam, and gravity-powered explosion.) The idea isn't to beat everyone to a pulp, it's to rhythmically withstand everything that everyone else can dish out.

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Household Games clearly have vision and creativity on their side, as well as some very skilled artists and musicians. All they need is to exercise a little restraint on whatever they work on next.

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Way of the Passive Fist starts out strong with an interesting concept, but that interest soon wears off thanks to poor execution. Once you've played the first chapter you've pretty much played all 10 as there is never any variation on offer. Combine this with the fundamental flaws of basing the gameplay purely around blocking and dodging and you have a recipe for a promising and unique but ultimately disappointing game.

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