The first thing that displeased me as I started playing the game was that I had no idea what the hell was going on. Yes, I understand that this is the fourth game in a series, so it assumes most players will be familiar with the background to some extent, but is it unreasonable to expect at least a short recap? I think not, especially in a game that takes place in some kind of alternate reality, where society appears to be theocratic, and demonic invasions and animu characters made flesh are the norm, which is not something most people can easily identify with. The menu is extremely confusing; for instance, exiting the game is a complicated affair that will take some time to figure out; when your browse the upgrades, it is not clear which currency (there are two types) the prices are in; and so on. As for the game itself, it is a slasher that relies heavily on combos, even the most basic of which are not easy to execute. The combat, from what I have seen of it, is rather repetitive and not particularly cinematic, though that may change later in the game, and it is interspersed with long and boring platforming sections. The camera angle constantly changes as you move about, and there is nothing you can do about it, which is confusing and frustrating. That, and the disturbing appearance of the demons that you fight, gives off a distinctly Silent Hill-ish vibe, which is not what I want in this type of game. But the main drawback, and the reason I'm not going to continue playing, is the scarcity of checkpoints. I don't have the patience, or the time, to do the same level a dozen times. Once, perhaps, but not now, and especially not in a game that I don't particularly like.
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