Game Preview: Titan Souls

by Jonathan Hand @JonathanWHand

If I gave you a game where you had just one life and one single hit point, you would expect to have some neat weapon or power to offset those limitations. What if I told you that you also only had a bow and a single (but re-useable) arrow to fight with? Welcome to the world of Titan Souls. At first glance the game looks like a mash-up of other successful titles. It has the same mechanics of other top down adventure games like Pokemon or Zelda, the epic boss fights that require more strategy than strength like Shadow of the Colossus or Monster Hunter and the punishing deaths of the Dark Souls series. Sounds like a bit of an odd combination but the developers at Acid Nerve Studios have made it work.

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“Between our world and the world beyond lie the Titan Souls, the spiritual source and sum of all living things. Now scattered amongst the ruins and guarded by the idle titans charged with their care, a solitary hero armed with but a single arrow is once again assembling shards of the Titan Soul in a quest for truth and power.” –Acid Nerve

The game will start you on a platform with four roads you can take, North, South, East or West… the choice is yours. As you traverse one of these paths you will be met with calm soothing music, the perfect kind to relax you and let you enjoy the scenery. When you find the doorway to one of the terrifying titans you will notice the atmosphere drop instantly. The calm and soothing music is now a battle tune to help build your adrenaline and set the scene for an epic fight. Each titan only needs to be hit once in their vulnerable spot, but do you have the skill to hit it with a single arrow?

The fighting mechanics are simple enough. You have a single arrow which you can hold to build some distance or let go nice and quick for close range shots. It’s important to make every shot count. Once used, the arrow can be called back with some good old hocus pocus by holding down the fire button. Players will have to be careful with their timing however as they are essentially left vulnerable until it returns. This call-back feature has the added advantage of damaging enemies in its path back to your position.

Most attacks from the mighty titans can be dodged; others will require some pre-emptive movement. Expect to die… a lot. Upon death you return to the central area, this way if you found one titan too hard you can go fight another one and come back to it later.

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The Titans themselves are artistic masterpieces. Each one seems to represent an element, earth, nature, ice and fire and that’s just from what we’ve seen so far! It’s easy to notice that each titan also has very unique fighting mechanics, meaning no fight should be like the last. One titan can launch projectiles at the player while another can create impassable walls which kill you on contact.

The game doesn’t have a defined release date yet, but we can expect this game to hit the online stores sometime around Q1 2015 on Steam and the Playstation Store. Titan souls will only be available on PC, Mac, PS4 and PSVita (sorry xbox fans but no news for a release on Xbox one)

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