Katana Zero Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Katana Zero RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Everything Coming to and Leaving Game Pass in October 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/mptq9/everything-coming-to-and-leaving-game-pass-in-october-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/mptq9/everything-coming-to-and-leaving-game-pass-in-october-2020 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:30:51 -0400 GS_Staff

Xbox Game Pass is consistently one of the best deals in gaming, and one that seems only to get better as time marches on. Now that we're almost halfway through October, Microsoft has shared all of the games coming to and leaving the service this month.

Some games will be coming to both console and PC, while others will only release on one or the other. One will be coming to Android.

Games Coming to Game Pass in October

Five games will release on October 15, one on October 21, and two on October 22. Per the Xbox Wire, here's what you can expect. 

October 15
  • Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition (PC) 
  • Heave Ho (PC) ID@Xbox
  • Katana Zero (Android, Console & PC) ID@Xbox
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Console & PC) 
  • The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse (PC) 
October 21
  • ScourgeBringer (Console) ID@Xbox
October 22
  • Cricket 19 (Console)
  • Supraland (Console) ID@Xbox 

Games Leaving Game Pass in October

Five games will leave the subscription service on October 15. Six games will leave on October 30. Here's what's leaving. 

October 15
  • Felix the Reaper (Console & PC)  
  • Metro 2033 Redux (Console & PC)  
  • Minit (Console & PC) 
  • Saints Row IV Re-Elected (PC) 
  • State of Mind (PC) 
October 30
  • After Party (Console)
  • LEGO Star Wars III (Console)
  • Rise & Shine (Console)
  • Tacoma (Console & PC)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game (Console & PC) 
  • The Red Strings Club (PC)

On top of the additions above, Bethesda and id Software's Doom Eternal released for the console version of Game Pass on October 1. It will be coming to PC sometime later, though neither Microsoft nor Bethesda have said when as of this writing. 

With Age of Empires 3 invading the service, the entire remastered Age of Empires franchise is now on Game Pass (can we expect Age of Mythology any time soon?). Tales of Vesperia DE joins Dragon Quest XI S, Disgaea 4 Complete+, and Final Fantasy IX, among others, to round out a growing catalog of JRPG selections. And Katana Zero and Scourebringer add to a hefty collection of indies on the service. 

Game Pass is available in several packages. The console version of Game Pass costs $9.99 a month, while the PC version costs $4.99 a month. Game Pass Ultimate, which bundles the console version of the service with the PC version, as well as xCloud, costs a measly $14.99.

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1,500+ Games Discounted During Good Old Games' Lunar New Year Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/em6wr/1500-games-discounted-during-good-old-games-lunar-new-year-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/em6wr/1500-games-discounted-during-good-old-games-lunar-new-year-sale Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:01:08 -0500 GS_Staff

Joining the likes of Steam, Fanatical, and Ubisoft, Good Old Games is holding its own sale to celebrate the Lunar New Year. From January 24 to January 31, more than 1,500 games and game bundles are on sale, some upwards of 90% off. 

Though the name might suggest these discounts are relegated to the ephemeral "old" games available on the platform, GoG has actually been selling newer games for a while now.

As such, highlighted deals include those on Disco Elysium, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Everspace, Greedfall, Vampyr, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Children of Morta, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Although it doesn't look like there are many, if any, deals on upcoming games like Cyberpunk 2077 or Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2, GoG has helpfully separated its sales by genre and the cleverly useful "only the highest discounts" category. 

Here are some of the best deals we saw while readying our wallets for the inevitable mass exodus of money. 

 

Game Regular Price Sale Price
2064: Read Only Memories $19.99 $3.99
Abzu $19.99 $9.99
Age of Wonders 3 $29.99 $7.49
Age of Wonders: Planetfall $49.99 $33.49
Alan Wake $14.99 $2.99
Ape Out $14.99 $7.49
Atom RPG $14.99  $11.99
Baldur's Gate Enhanced $9.99 $4.99
Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced $19.99 $9.99
Banner Saga $24.99 $7.49
Banner Saga 2 $24.99 $9.99
Banner Saga 3 $24.99 $14.99
Battletech $39.99 $13.59
Bioshock Remastered $19.99 $4.99
Bioshock 2 Remastered $19.99 $4.99
Bioshock Infinite Complete $54.99 $18.14
BIT.TRIP Runner 2 $14.99 $7.49
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night $39.99 $25.99
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger $14.99 $5.99
Children of Morta $21.99      $15.39
Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 $12.99 $3.24
Cossacks 3 $19.99 $7.99
Cuphead $19.99 $14.99
Daikatana $6.99 $0.97
Darkest Dungeon $24.99 $7.49
Darkwood $14.99 $5.99
Dead Cells $24.99   $17.49
Death's Gambit $19.99 $9.99
Doom 2 + Final Doom $9.99 $2.99
Doom 3 BFG $19.99 $5.99 
Dragon Age Origins Ultimate $19.99 $4.99
Dying Light $59.99   $17.99
Enter the Gungeon $9.99  $5.99
Everspace $29.99 $4.49
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark $29.99 $14.99
Figment $19.99  $6.79
Firewatch $19.99 $4.99
Frostpunk $29.99 $11.99
Greedfall $49.99 $37.49
Grim Dawn $24.99 $4.99
Gris $16.99 $8.49
Headlander $19.99  $5.99
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice $29.99 $10.19
Hollow Knight $14.99 $7.49
Hotline Miami $9.99 $2.49
Katana Zero $14.99 $9.69
Kingdom Come: Deliverance $29.99 $14.99
Layers of Fear $19.99 $3.99
Layers of Fear 2 $29.99 $14.99
Mafia 3 $39.99  $7.99
Metro 2033: Redux $19.99 $4.99
Metro Last Light: Redux $19.99  $4.99
Mutant Year Zero $34.99 $17.49
Nex Machina $19.99 $9.99
Outlast $19.99 $3.99
Outlast 2 $29.99 $7.49
Pillars of Eternity Definitive $39.99 $19.99
Prison Architect $29.99  $7.49
Rime $29.99  $5.99
Ruiner $19.99  $9.99
Shadow Warrior $39.99 $9.99
Shadow Warrior 2 $39.99  $9.99
Shadowrun Returns $14.99 $3.74
Shovel Knight: King of Cards $9.99 $7.19
Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope $14.99 $10.79
Slime Rancher $19.99 $7.99
Spec Ops: The Line $29.99  $5.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Ultimate Sith Ed. 
$19.99  $6.99
Stories Untold $9.99 $2.49
Superhot $24.99  $9.99
Surviving Mars $29.99 $10.19
Tangledeep $14.99  $5.99
The Saboteur $19.99 $4.99
The Signal From Tova $19.99 $4.99
The Surge $19.99  $6.79
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt $39.99  $11.99
Thronebreaker: the Witcher Tales $29.99 $14.99
Titan Souls $14.99 $3.79
Vampyr $49.99 $16.99
Wasteland 2 Director's Cut $44.99  $17.99
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Complete $49.99  $9.99

 

That's only a small fraction of the games currently on sale during Good Old Game's Lunar New Year sale. Currently, there are dozens of DLC and expansion packs also available.

On top of that, legitimately good old games, such as those in the Warcraft, Caesar, Sim City, and King's Bounty series, are available at steep discounts. You can see everything that's on sale over at GoG.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more sales and discounts. And be sure to head over to Steam, Fanatical, and Ubisoft to see what's on sale for those storefronts and if it's cheaper than what's available here. 

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Katana ZERO: Where to Find All Keys https://www.gameskinny.com/x6nmu/katana-zero-where-to-find-all-keys https://www.gameskinny.com/x6nmu/katana-zero-where-to-find-all-keys Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:19:18 -0400 diegoarguello

Katana ZERO, the neo-noir fast paced experience from Akiisoft and Devolver Digital, doesn't seem to hold many secrets at first. But it's only when you finish the game that you'll unlock an additional chapter, set in a Goverment Lab.

In here, there are five locked doors that require a special key for each. They all hide weapons, and unless you managed to pick any during your first playthrough, it's likely that you've missed them all. But don't fret! We've got you covered.

Factory - Prism Key Location

This one is very straightforward.

When you start the game (or just go back using the chapter selection screen), deflect the first bullet and then continue doing the tutorial.

Once you can jump, get on top of the building nearby, and start making your way until the beginning of the level.

You’ll see a dead body laying in the left corner. Approach them and interact once the button prompt appears to get the Prism Key.

The Prism Key enables a flashy new Prism Sword in the Government Lab. The description reads: “The world is your canvas and the world is the paint.”

Hotel - Master Key Location

You’re gonna want to head to the third checkpoint, right before the final interaction with the NPC on the rooftop.

In order to get here, you’ll have to go through a couple of stages that shouldn’t give you too much trouble.

When you arrive at the location of said encounter, which has two enemies in a room right before it, you’ll want to take them down using melee and save a throwable weapon in your inventory (the head statue is perfectly placed for this).

Once that’s settled, open the door to the rooftop. As soon as you start walking, throw the object to kill the enemy before he jumps. Get near the body and loot him to grab the Master Key.

This key will open the second door, which holds the Sword of Masters. The description says: “Shoots an otherworldly beam when charged,” which is pretty self-explanatory.

Prison - Prototype Key Location

The Easy Way

You can get this key much easier by simply refusing to take your medicine before the mission. If you completely refuse to take your medicine, you will be told to kill everyone on sight. Do it.

Once you're done with the mission and talk to the veteran, kill him. After that, you'll be able to get the key from a suitcase back in your apartment building.

The Hard Way

Doing it this way is far more difficult and not recommended.

First, you’re gonna want to go to the second checkpoint of the Prison chapter, locate the target’s body, and wait for the police to show up.

Now, you’re gonna have to spend some time in some cells until you’re able to exit without killing a single guard.

Make sure to hide inside cells while you wait for them to pass, and make use of stairs to stay out of sight. This should take you a few tries, but it can be done in a few minutes.

When you get to the level where there’s only one enemy, enter the door. There, you’ll be able to see the guard’s location by looking at the screen.

Once he’s on the right side of the room’s entrance, exit and get out of there.

Now, this last part might seem complicated with so many lights around.

Just make use of the tables and objects around. For the former, you’re gonna have to crouch for the stealth to become effective (you can tell by the eye above the character).

Once you finally exit, you’ll get to the cutscene and dialogue with the veteran. The key will be in a suitcase in your building, just as with the other method. With it, you can get the Claymore Prototype.

Mansion - Phoenix Key Location

In the Mansion Chapter, select the second checkpoint and start traversing through it.

You'll come along an expansive area where you can see a thief-like character on the upper left corner. Don’t engage, instead take care of all the other enemies in there.

After you’ve finished, stay in the room right before the thief, and wait for him to leave. As soon as he escapes through the window, go inside the room and grab the Phoenix Key from the ground.

This will unlock the Phoenix Edge, which reads “Cuts through foes with the phoenix’s flame slice.”

Slaughterhouse - Savant Key

This one might seem complicated at first, but there’s a way to bypass the tests and focus on getting the key. In fact, that’s the only way to actually retrieve it, so make sure to follow these steps.

Once you get to the first room with a giant screen, open the door, lure the enemy to you before killing him, and them do an aerial attack on the wire at the left side of the TV.

Keep going through the levels until you find the open test area. You’re gonna want to use the roll as many times as possible as you exit the room. Do the same on the next one, head down, and approach the barrels.

You’ll find the Savant Key here, which unlocks the final blade: Savant Knife, “a short blade with an extremely quick attack”.

You're probably wondering that's hiding in the sixth door. Me, too. Apparently, this will hold a future DLC, although the studio hasn't revealed any release dates for the time being. If you want to know more about Katana ZERO, make sure to read our Katana ZERO review.

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GameSkinny Weekend Download: PUBG Banned Again (Again), PS5 News, New Star Wars, More https://www.gameskinny.com/o849k/gameskinny-weekend-download-pubg-banned-again-again-ps5-news-new-star-wars-more https://www.gameskinny.com/o849k/gameskinny-weekend-download-pubg-banned-again-again-ps5-news-new-star-wars-more Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:19:40 -0400 GS_Staff

It's the weekend again, and GameSkinny's Weekend Download is back. 

Here's most of everything we published this week in one easy to digest roundup, including news about Iraq banning PUBG and Fortnite, Sony unveiling PS5 info, the next Star Wars game from Respawn, and Assassin's Creed Unity being free until April 25. 

We also take a look at a new GameStop promotion that may make trade-ins finally worthwhile; how to be a badass in World War Z with a handful of nifty guides; and spend some time talking about new games, like Dragon Ball, Outward, God's Trigger, Katana Zero, and One Finger Death Punch 2

As usual, we've added links in case you find a headline that tickles your fancy and want to read more. We've also broken things down by category to make it easy to find what you're looking for. And finally, we've left out posts that are now meaningless because the event or sale has already ended. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy.  

News

  • Sony Details Next-Gen Hardware, Doesn't Call It PS5 (Yet)
    Sony's new system wasn't given a new name and isn't guaranteed to be the PS5 at launch, but it will have a solid state drive and backwards compatibility, among other things. Read more

  • Microsoft Announces Xbox One S All Digital Console
    The new digital-only Xbox One S comes with 3 pre-installed games and foregoes console saves in favor of cloud saves. Read more

  • Assassin's Creed Unity Free on PC to Raise Awareness for Notre Dame Fire
    PC players can download Assassin's Creed Unity for free from the Ubisoft store until April 25. Read more

  • New GameStop Promotion Allows Players to Return Games For Full Store Credit
    GameStop's new "Guaranteed to Love it" program offers players a 48-hour return window on new games — starting with Days Gone. Read more

  • Iraq Latest Country to Ban PUBG, Adds Fortnite
    The move comes shortly after Nepal banned PUBG, but despite a different governing body and country instituting the ban, the reasons remain ultimately the same. Read more

  • Tencent Will Distribute Nintendo Switch in China
    Nintendo is poised to break into the Chinese console market thanks in part to a partnership with Tencent. Read more

  • Sega Genesis Mini's Second List of Announced Games Is Fantastic
    The Sega Genesis Mini's got some Disney games announced, plus more surprises in it's 40-game total library. Read more

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Launches on November 15 for PS4, XB1, and PC
    Jedi: Fallen Order is a narrative based game set in the Dark Times, and today's trailer and panel revealed a host of new deils about the story, characters, and gameplay. Read more

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fatallen Order Official Art Book Available for Pre-Order
    The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is companion art book for the upcoming game from Respawn Entertainment. It is currently available for pre-order. Read more

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Release Date Announced
    The Ultimate Alliance 3 release date is almost exactly a decade since the last game in the series and is the latest offering in a year full of Marvel media.
    Read more

  • Is Capcom Hinting at a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake?
    A series of tweets has fans wondering whether Capcom might be leading up to a RE3 Remake announcement soon.
    Read more

  • New Details, Screenshots of Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey VR Emerge
    Breath of the Wild's technical director opens up about the inspiration behind VR support, and the Mario Odyssey Twitter page tells how you can enjoy SMO's VR mini-games.
    Read more

  • Capcom Brings The Classic Arcade Experience Home With New Arcade Stick
    Play all your favorite old-school Capcom arcade games the right way in the comfort of your own home.
    Read more

  • Conan Exiles Gets Treasures of Turan DLC and New Season Pass
    Treasures of Turan brings a multitude of new items and gear to Conan Exiles, while the season pass gives players access to the three additional DLC packs expected to release this year.
    Read more

  • Population Zero Void, Technocrat, and Xenobiote Factions Detailed
    Enplex outlines Population Zero's character progression routes and what players can expect from the game's three initial factions.
    Read more

  • Kitana Busts Out The Blade Fans In The Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer
    Kitana joins the ranks of Mortal Kombat 11 characters, and she is mad.
    Read more

  • Reggie Fils-Aime Steps Down Today as Doug Bowser Steps In as NOA President
    Doug Bowser steps in as Nintendop of America's new President today, with Reggie Fils-Aime starting his hard-earned retirement.
    Read more

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0 Incoming With Stage Builder, Joker Details Revealed
    A surprise info dump from Nintendo unveiled Joker's fighting style and a range of other new tidbits for SSBM Ultimate's 3.0 update.
    Read more

  • Jump Force DLC's Final Lineup Announced, Includes All Might
    The My Hero Academia character will join others from Naruto, Bleach, and more when the DLC fighters make their way to Jump Force soon.
    Read more

  • Sanrio X Tetris Collaboration Announced, Games and Merchandise Planned
    The partnership will produce a new online game coming soon, along with the potential for a wide range of other licensed goods based on both brands. Read more

  • Mojang's Minecraft Movie Is Just A Few Years Away
    The Minecraft movie has a fixed release date. But fans are going to have to be patient.
    Read more

  • Changes Inbound for Elder Scrolls Online, Including Game World, PvP
    Elder Scrolls Online PVP updates and Cyrodil updates detailed in PTS notes for Elsweyr.
    Read more

Reviews

  • Outward Review: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
    Outward isn't revolutionary, but there's a lot to be said for the sense of achievement the game grants in both single and multiplayer. Read more

  • One Finger Death Punch 2 Review — Laser Focused Kung Fu
    One Finger Death Punch 2 is a deep, rhythmic fighting game that attempts to replicate the feel of classic kung fu movies. Read more

  • God's Trigger Review: Earn Your Way into Heaven with Ultraviolence
    Heaven's under new management. It takes a little while to come into its own, but 'God’s Trigger' is a decent weekend’s worth of splatterpunk entertainment. Read more

  • Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission Review: Its Own Anomaly
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission is split between a great card-based combat system and not-so-great everything else, but it's still fun for series fans. Read more

  • Katana ZERO Review: Modern Beauty
    If I have one complaint about Katana ZERO, it's that there's not already a sequel. Read more

Culture

  • Tales of an Interview with Unbound's Alien Pixel Studios
    We got the chance to speak with Unbound's designer, Sergiu Craitoiu, about the game's origins, inspiration, and the struggles and joys of being an indie developer. Read more

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Will Be The Best Star Wars Game In The EA Era
    Our Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reactions? All early signs, including Cal Kestis himself and the strong attention to detail, point to Respawn and EA finally giving Star Wars fans the game they want. Read more

  • Hands-On: Feeling the Burn With the Indie Roguelike Card Game ‘Deck of Ashes’
    Some people may write off Deck of Ashes as a quick cash grab, but as it turns out, it's got some tricks all its own. This new roguelike card game just hit Steam Early Access. Read more

  • Hades Brings a Narrative Change to a Monotonous Genre
    Roguelites are everywhere, but Supergiant Games' take on the genre is influenced by their narrative traditions, giving purpose to the endless loop that they tend to offer. Read more

  • The Nintendo Switch eShop Needs Some Sort of Review System
    There's no consumer-friendly reason for the Nintendo Switch eShop not to have some sort of review system. Read more

  • Etherborn Early Impressions: The Meditative Puzzle Game
    Altered Matter's Etherborn is a beautiful puzzle game that will make you work to solve it. Read more

  • Classic Galactic Conquest Could Revitalize EA's Modern Battlefront Series
    DICE's modern Battlefront series forewent the original titles' galactic conquest mode, a mistake that may have cost the modern titles their full potential. Read more

Guides

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Pre-Order Guide
    Looking to snag your copy of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? Look no further, because we've rounded up all the Jedi: Fallen Order pre-order and pre-order bonus information you need. Read more

  • World War Z Class Tier List PvE: Characters From Best to Worst
    Can't decide which PvE class to choose in World War Z? This class tier list will quickly outline the best possible character in the game and which players they're best suited for.
    Read more.

  • World War Z Class Tier List PvEvP: Characters From Best to Worst
    World War Z's PvEvP multiplayer mode has a total of 10 classes, but not all of them are equal. This list ranks the available classes from best to worst.
    Read more

  • Best Weapons for PvE and PvEvP in World War Z
    Be prepared for all types of combat in any mode with the help of this guide to World War Z's best weapons. 
    Read more

  • Best Character Builds for World War Z's Campaign Mode
    Character builds can greatly impact your time in World War Z. This guide shows you a few optimal builds and what skills you need.
    Read more

  • How to Make Gold in Elder Scrolls Online
    Gold is essential in the Elder Scrolls Online. This guide has a few tips to get you started quickly.
    Read more

  • How To Find Sea Urchins in My Time at Portia
    If you need a steady supply of spines for crafting and completing commissions, this guide shows you exactly where to go to harvest large numbers of sea urchins quickly.
    Read more

  • My Time at Portia: Helping the Color Blind Sanwa
    Not sure how to get the color blindness correcting glasses or who to give them to? We walk you through this quest from beginning to end to increase your relationship with the barber Sanwa! Read more

  • Kenshi's Best Base Locations Detailed
    Not sure where to start building your base so you are immediately killed by bandits or run out of resources? We show all the best starter locations!
    Read more

  • How to Find Your Risk of Rain 2 Save Location and Behold Loads of Stats
    RoR2's save location is pretty easy to find, and worth it for the look at your sweet stats.
    Read more. 

Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. 

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Katana ZERO Review: Modern Beauty https://www.gameskinny.com/0qvjr/katana-zero-review-modern-beauty https://www.gameskinny.com/0qvjr/katana-zero-review-modern-beauty Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:57:59 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Katana ZERO is what you get when you mix '80s aesthetics with a story-driven and visceral 2D action/puzzle game.

I love it.

I've been familiar with developer Askiisoft for a decade now, thanks to their brilliant first release Tower of Heaven. At the time, it was passed around the internet as a mindblowing flash game. The platforming was floaty, but its Game Boy-era graphics and surprisingly catchy soundtrack paired with... well, you should just check it out. It's still very playable.

Askiisoft's later free releases, such as Jump Ahead and OverPowered, have all had a similarly compelling combination of aesthetics, music, and confusion. They have a particular style, no one can deny that.

Katana ZERO is the small studio's first full paid game, anyone aware of their previous work would know this one would be something special. A bigger, better, and more surprising Askiisoft game than ever before and you know what? It really is just that.

You spend most of the six or so hours of Katana ZERO working as a hitman with some serious problems. The world is dystopian and grimy, and the player character is very clearly mentally ill. That's all right, though. He's got a special power and is sort of open to taking his medicine.

That "special power" is his ability to manipulate time, which manifests in a few different ways during gameplay. You can manually slow time to dodge hazards like giant rotating fan blades, and your rolls warp time (Is it warping time or is he just that smooth?) just enough to keep you safe from damage or to get by other particular hazards.

However, the way his power manifests most for the player is the simple fact that when you get hit, you restart the stage. That's a rough way to manipulate time.

Each hit (assassination) you have to take care of has clear instructions. Sometimes it's not to talk to the target, sometimes it's to not kill anyone at all. The restrictions are varied and there are consequences to not performing as instructed.

Image source: Steam

The controls in Katana ZERO are buttery smooth; taking out grunts and bounding between rooms is an absolute delight. Slash, roll, wall-jump, whatever. It's all smooth as silk and incredibly satisfying to not only strike your enemies down, but to block-dodge their attacks and even their gunshots using your deft agility, trusty katana, and even environmental items.

You're not just trying to survive the human element in each stage, though. The targets you're after are high-profile and have similarly effective security measures you'll have to roll, sneak, and time-slow your way through to get in and out without breaking the contract's rules.

The thing is, though: You don't have to follow the instructions on the contract. There are consequences, but you can easily go your own way in most situations. It just may not be worthwhile for you to do so.

There are more choices than how you want to approach your missions, though. Between jobs are psychiatric appointments and story-driving dialogue scenes, both of which can be outright bizarre and do a fantastic job of portraying the gaps in one's memory, and how memory and imagination can blur with such ease.

The story doesn't trudge forward, it sucks you into its spiral void. To move things along, you talk on the phone, with your psychiatrist, and even with certain NPCs, but you can always decide what they have to say isn't worth your time by cutting them off mid-sentence. You can do this through pretty much all of the dialogue in the game if you're so inclined.

The flexibility between how you can complete a stage and how you interact with the game's other characters adds a very personal touch to the game. You're certainly playing as a character, but you make the experience your own.

I honestly really love Katana ZERO, but I'm pensive to spoil some of the experience here in this review.

From its gorgeous pixel graphics and snazzy music not too far from vaporwave to the incredibly satisfying gameplay and intriguing story, there is certainly a chunk of the gaming community that would be doing themselves a disservice by not giving Katana ZERO a fair shake.

It is absolutely worth it, and more than worthy to be Askiisoft's first full release.

Pros
  • Dreamy tunes to kill to
  • Intriguing and uniquely presented story
  • Fair but challenging hack n' slash katana action that's very satisfying
  • Gorgeous pixel graphics
Cons
  • The ending and story leave you hanging and left wanting a sequel

[Note: A copy of Katana Zero was provided by Askiisoft for the purpose of this review.]

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John Wick Inspired Katana Zero Poised to Slash Onto PC, Consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/hagrz/john-wick-inspired-katana-zero-poised-to-slash-onto-pc-consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/hagrz/john-wick-inspired-katana-zero-poised-to-slash-onto-pc-consoles Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:16:06 -0500 Jonathan Moore

According to numerous reports, Akiisoft's upcoming side-scrolling action title, Katana Zero, might be the John Wick-inspired video game we've all been waiting for. Set to release for PC and consoles this March, Katana Zero is heavily influenced by the revenge film, even if its protagonist is a sword-wielding ninja named "The Dragon." 

While the game does not tie into the John Wick franchise in any tangible way, one look at the demo footage coming from publications like Polygon and Destructoid shows that the game's developer, Tadakuni Amano, is a big fan of twitchy side-scrollers, gratuitous gore, and vengeful assassins. 

In a 2017 interview with TechRaptor, Amano confirmed that was the case; Katana Zero is heavily influenced by revenge films such as Drive, Sin City, and John Wick. Although we've yet to dive into the game ourselves, Katana Zero looks to be a worthy representation of those movies, albeit in a 2D, pixelated format.

Unsurprisingly, the game has also drawn comparisons to the criminally-good Mark of the Ninja and the carnage-heavy Hotline Miami.

Like those titles, Katana Zero's gameplay centers around a mixture of visceral hack and slash action and platforming. The protagonist can also use time-manipulation, which allows the game's them to slow down time and set up attacks as an integral part of the gameplay. Amano has said that this specific mechanic, called Chronos, is both a gameplay and narrative device.

"It gets around the narrative problem of meaningless death in video games, where you die, but you can just come back to life magically," he told TechRaptor. 

Although Askiisoft is not a household name, the company has been developing hard-as-nails platformers for the better part of 10 years. Its first title, Tower of Heaven, was released for web-based PC platforms in 2009, generating buzz from fans and critics alike.

In a 2012 feature, we named Tower of Heaven one of the best flash games ever made, noting its difficulty and score as primary strengths. Since then, Askiisoft has released two more unforgiving platformers, Pause Ahead and OverPowered, both of which are free-to-play flash titles and available on the developer's website. 

For Askiisoft, the neon-tinged tumult of Katana Zero has been a long time coming. While it's hard to pin down exactly when the game began development, we do know that it was first shown at PAX Prime 2015.

In the past three-and-a-half years, the game has been shown off numerous times, gaining the attention of a growing number of fans as well as publishers like Devolver Digital, which on January 16 said it would be working with Askiisoft to bring the game to Steam and currently unnamed consoles in March. 

More information is available on Gamasutra and the Askiisoft website

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