Titan Souls for PlayStation 4
Challenge. It’s a simple word to most, but, when it comes to the world of gaming, it can be a rather daunting element to implement. With the rise of the Souls series, and Bloodborne, many fans of this interactive medium have been seeking out experiences that test them. Whether it’s testing their resolve, their reflexes, or their intelligence, gamers now long for something more from the games they purchase. While indie games are not new to including challenges in their small refined experiences, not many have taken the approach of Dark Souls. Titan Souls hopes to change that by providing an engaging, and difficult, journey to those willing to accept the challenge. The question is: does it manage to capture the soul of the games that came before it?
Titan Souls places players in the shoes of an unnamed protagonist equipped with nothing more than a bow, a single arrow, and a mission. Who is this person? Why are they here? That is for you to uncover. As you uncover these mysteries of both the protagonist, and the world the game takes place in, players will do battle with large, menacing Titans. Each with their own manner of fighting, and their own weak-point to be discovered.
Before getting into the gameplay, it must be stated that Titan Souls is a beautiful game. No, it’s not a AAA title with tons of CGI, nor does it have a laundry list of special effects that developers checked off. What it does have is a solid musical score, great art direction, and a surprising sense of ambiance. From the very moment you’re mysteriously dropped into this world, you feel the weight of solitude, and the evidence of things long since passed.
Nature seems to be overtaking technology from days no longer remembered. All that guides you are paths that may still show beneath the ruin, and platforms that indicate how many Titans remain in the area, as well as serve as checkpoints for the player. The music sets the tone for each of the several areas present in Titan Souls world as you walk, alone, searching for your next target in order to absorb its soul. Walking is something you’ll find yourself doing quite a bit, so it’s nice that the world and music help to remove some of the monotony.
The same attention is given to players encounters with Titans. Titan Souls provides over 20 different behemoths for you, the player, to take down, and each fight takes place within its own special area, with its own effects that serve as a sort of puzzle for players to figure out. The folks over at Acid Nerve really nailed the environment down when it came to designing Titan Souls, unfortunately the environment isn’t the whole game. Gameplay and narrative are important when pursuing the goal of creating an engaging, and challenging video game.
Titan Souls is a relatively simple game when it comes down to controls. Aside from your directional buttons, there are only two action buttons in the entirety of the game. You have your roll/run button, and your fire/retrieve button. The world of Titan Souls is surprisingly vast, so running is something you may want to do pretty often. During boss battles, rolling is the only real way to get out of danger (the large Titans are deceptively quick). But, it’s the attacking that is quite interesting here.