With its isometric view and graphics reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake, you might assume that TUNIC is simply an indie Zelda clone. But in reality, the game has the now unique identity that makes it a perfect choice for certain types of players – but at a cost of wider accessibility.
Everything to Know About TUNIC
TUNIC is a 2.5D action-adventure game built mostly around slow-paced exploration. It is a very atmospheric title, where the art style and environmental storytelling play a key role. This comes at a cost of a strong narrative. However, don’t expect to get a better context for what you’re doing than “you’re a fox stranded on a beach” for the first couple of hours.
The main portion of the game is exploring the semi-open world. Through it, you will be obtaining more and more items to enter previously inaccessible areas. Each new item you’ll obtain usually has two roles: helping you avoid obstacles and fight enemies, as well as being a metaphorical “key” to a new location. Of course, this means that a huge portion of the map is not accessible to you from the start. This might annoy some modern open-world fans.
Where TUNIC shines the most is in its approach to combat. Almost every enemy has a health bar and poses some sort of a challenge. You deal with them using the sword (or a stick, early on), shield, and a dodge rollability. Every enemy encounter is tense, thanks to their well-designed attack patterns. And the game, though not terribly hard, isn’t afraid to punish you for sloppy fighting.
The game looks gorgeous, using the lighting and its color palette to create very pleasing imagery. The graphics serve the atmosphere very well, and some design choices are particularly fascinating. For example, most of the text in the game is presented in an unknown language, with only some text pieces including random, English words. This makes the entire experience very ambiguous, but It also means you’re not given clear instructions on what to do.
That’s everything you need to know before buying TUNIC. Hopefully, you now know whether or not the game will match your tastes, as it is a very unique experience.
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Hogwarts Legacy: How Good Is The Character Creation?
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Hogwarts Legacy is just around the corner, and if you’re one of those people who always expected an owl to crash into your bedroom to give you a letter of invitation to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry then congratulations, you’re still a child at heart. One of the many things that muggle-borns are keeping a close eye on is the character creation as this always has been a huge selling point for gamers who wish to see themselves in the game their playing. No argument needed there as it simply adds to the immersion. We’ll see just how good the character creation is by giving it a good wangle!
How Good Is The Character Creation In Hogwarts Legacy?
As the game is still said to be a “work in progress” not everything is set in stone just yet. There’s plenty of options to go through however so let’s see if you can either look like a Korean pop idol of some sort or a child that looks like a melting candle.
So the first thing you will notice once you go to the character creation screen is the plethora of Presets offered to you. This is a good start for players who just want to dive right in and explore the second-floor girls’ lavatory.
Once you have chosen your base look you will be taken to the Facewear section where you can choose your facial structure from a set of fifteen portraits. Some players may prefer having sliders when it comes to specific parts of their custom character’s face as they really have every intention to see a carbon copy of themselves in-game.
When you’re satisfied with the shape that you chose you can also go and specify a skin color and some glasses for your character. Hogwarts is known to have a rather diverse community of students so go be yourself and choose which suits you the best!
Moving on to Hairstyles you have two customization choices, your hair color, and the actual style of well, your hair! There can only be so many options for hair in any game as it’s quite difficult to build this from scratch compared to sculpting the bridge of your nose or adjusting the height of your temple.
Hair can be quite a delicate part of customization, especially when not all options are available to you. Nevertheless, you still have enough choices here to either look like Anton Chigur or The Daywalker. Props to you if you got any of that!
Next is the Complexion tab, you have the option to give yourself a slight blush if or some freckles and moles if you have any. We weren’t kidding earlier either when we said that you can look like you aged prematurely. That’s what the scars and markings are for! At the end of the day it’s all about getting your features down to a T!
On the following tab we have Eyebrows. Most options that we went through gave us the impression that everyone back in the 19th century had time to shave, and that’s a good thing! You can tell a lot from a person’s eyebrows after all. Just don’t get caught looking!
After choosing the shape that fits your fancy you can go and apply any color to it, most likely you will choose the same color you chose for your hair but hey, it’s your choice that matters here so go crazy! The same goes for your eyes as well.
For the final touch, you have four more options. You have two choices for your character’s voice which should’ve had more in our opinion. You can also change the pitch of that voice to resemble yours. Lastly you have your difficulty selection which is pretty straightforward, you also have your character name and which dormitory you want to be sent to.
The character creation in our opinion is good enough where it stands. It’s not great but it’s definitely not bad either. Having the option to choose a preset or create your own character completely from scratch (sliders and all) is a recent concept that players have been searching for a lot lately and it’s much appreciated that Avalanche Software gave that to us.
While others are happy with the choices they’ve been given, we can still see some possible complaints that will go after the Facewear section as limiting your features to only fifteen options is a very daring move given that there’s a chance that a player out there might not get the look they’re after.
It all just goes back to the sliders since this gives the player a more precise selection when it comes to making adjustments to their looks, plus there weren’t too many options for body-type either. It’s not a long list of shortcomings but you will have to take these into consideration if you’re the kind of gamer who spends more than an hour in the customization screen. We’re still looking forward to the game however so don’t let any of that bring you down. Thank you, and see you in the world of magic!