The wait is finally over! Zeno Clash is out today, and if what I’ve heard in IRC and the forums is any indication, this game is hotly anticipated. It first entered the world as an obscure and bizarre trailer that confused all who saw it, but over the past year it has gained ground and become one of the most eagerly awaited PC games of the year, due in no small part to its absolute weirdness.
I’ve gone through the full single player game and checked out Challenge Mode – how does the game hold up? Does it deserve all the hype it’s been getting?
Zeno Clash (PC)
The story of the game was quite interesting, but I wish it had been fleshed out just a little bit more. The events that transpire over the course of the game are fairly well explained, but it's a shame that more background wasn't given on the characters and the reasons underlying their actions in the game. Even on completion, I still wasn’t entirely sure who Daedra was, how Ghat knew her, and why she was helping him escape in the first place. Additionally, the last couple scenes of the game were a giant WTF moment for me. I don’t know if it’s leading into a sequel (I hope it is), but the final scene was somewhat of a letdown, just because it was so random and unexplained. The core story itself is engaging and entertaining, but I feel there is so much more they could have done to make it more cohesive.
Score: 7.0 -- Good (7s are solid games that definitely have an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.)
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