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Driven Out

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Available on:PCOct 18, 2019

Developers: No Pest Productions, Jens Kolhammar

Genres: Action, Adventure

Driven Out is a challenging 2d side-scroller with deliberate combat and beautiful 16 bit retro aesthetic. A farmer is forced from her home into a dangerous world in upheaval. Forced to fight dangerous fantastical creatures. Luckily she has stumbled upon a magical contraption that creates copies of herself if she perishes. As long as this device has power she can place custom checkpoints. However it is a fragile device and if the enemies choose to attack the device it will quickly break. Enemies are numerous and varied in this seamless world. The farmer has no combat experience but as long as she keeps her wits about her and read the enemies she can prevail. The enemies are also not without wit and might choose to attack the checkpoint if left unprotected. Features Deliberate combat. Read the enemy and act accordingly. Beautiful 16 bit retro art style with fluid animations. Seamless world without any in-game load screens. Checkpoints can be placed anywhere. Destructible checkpoint, if left unprotected the enemies can choose to attack the checkpoints instead of the player. Skill based combat. No character progression and no loot.

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Cinematic animations are integrated beautifully with Driven Out's precise controls, but the game lacks polish when it comes to making you feel positive about progress. Still, its short challenges are great testing grounds for your sword skills and combat is clean, especially against the larger bosses.

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There is nothing to master here; there are no stages in which to learn how to beat certain enemy types or to become better. Your skill level stays the same. Overall, though: not a bad second game to develop.

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The core gameplay of Driven Out proves solid and satisfying, and is enhanced by some super nostalgic retro sensibilities. Yet, the combat just seems a touch too slow on your part and imbalanced in favor of your AI opponents, which tends to make it tough to stick with the basic, somewhat repetitive gameplay in the long run.

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Driven Out is an unquestionably hard game, but once you master the delicate art of its combat and parrying, you'll be compelled to play for hours more. It's a genuinely brilliant title.

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