While there is a 2 in the name, Warlocks 2: God Slayers. You do not actually need to have played the first game, Warlocks vs Shadows to get into this game. It is a pixel art, pop culture referenced filled hack and slash RPG with its tongue firmly placed in its cheek. The version that I got the chance to check out was the Nintendo Switch, but versions for PC, Xbox One and PS4 are on the way also.
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The Game Review
The story of Warlocks 2: God Slayers is rather bare-bones, but it works. Basically, you pick from one of five Warlocks and you need to fight to survive as you have greatly angered the gods! While the premise may not win any awards. I found the humor in the game to be fantastic and talking to different characters, especially when they would drop a game reference would always make me smile.
I like the different warlocks that you can play as and think the variety is great. There is Willow who I played as, Shax, Jack, Cormag, and Kheera. Each one has their own personality and you can actually play through the game with each warlock. You are looking at around 50 hours or so to beat the game with each character so there is a lot of magical bang for your buck here.
The gameplay is what you would expect. Think of something like Diablo, but from a 2D pixel art, POV and you will know what you are in for. Each character plays slightly differently, but you will be using their abilities to get to the same end. This is defeating hordes of awesomely designed creatures and bosses that will team up and try to put a real beating on you!
In addition to this, you will be tasked with doing quests for people such as getting a drink for a guy in a pub. One of the things that I liked about the objectives that Warlocks 2: God Slayers throws your way is there is not a ton of backtracking here. The map is a decent size and you may think that you are in for some kind of Metroidvania experience, but the exploration is not as heavy as that.
There is plenty of loot to collect and the upgrade system is very easy to get to grips with. Speaking of “upgrades” the way the game handles the evolution of your familiar buddy is great. For me, this is a clear nod to games like Pokémon and it was something that I actually got a lot of enjoyment out of.
The art style is pixel art/retro that I must admit has been done to death by this point. Yet I still found my self liking the look of the game. I really do think a ton of thought and effort went into the sprite work here and as a result, I am very happy with the overall presentation of the game. The soundtrack though is not the best. I am not saying it is bad or anything, but it is just kind of there.
I had a great time with my first two playthroughs of Warlocks 2: God Slayers. I can easily see myself trying to beat it with the remaining warlocks as it is a fun, addictive and challenging experience. If you want an RPG that does not take itself too seriously and is easy to get into, but still rather deep in terms of gameplay. You really cannot go wrong with this one here.
- The writing is very clever and will make you smile
- Each of the warlocks has their own personality and style
- The combat is easy to figure out but does have a nice challenge
- 50 plus hours of gameplay to see all it has to offer
- The Nintendo Switch version plays great in both modes
- Some might be sick of the pixel art style by this point
- The soundtrack is not the best I have heard