Evil Genome Review
I always wondered what kind of person I would be if the world were to go to crap and become a wasteland? Would I try to fix it, co-exist with it or become something else in other to survive? Hopefully, that will never come to light, but for our hero, she has a particular mission that you the gamer will have to help her accomplish.
Who loves a good ship crash in a desert? No? Neither do I, but that’s how you start off this game and it seems you have a bit of memory loss at that. Luckily you still remember how to fight and you have a trusty A.I companion by your side giving you a heads up of all encounters and to warn you of your vitals. Lachesis is a soldier here stuck trying to find her way to her main objective and as in any good side-scroller, you will have to face off against some aggression. Your A.I Alfa will be your co-pilot throughout this adventure, but luckily enough he is not as annoying as most. It seems to be a running theme with these sci-fi titles to have a ball A.I with a witty personality.
Get in Gear:
Evil Genome’s combat is pretty straightforward even though it is a Metroidvania or 3D horizontal style game. You will have your long range and short range attacks in the form of a sword and dual guns. Attacks can change as you crouch and cause more damage. Things go into the RPG realm as you have items, armor and a skill tree to make Lachesis stronger. Her equipment can be broken, but you can enhance it with scrap that you pick up from enemies and around areas. So try to save your scrap accordingly and when you come to a saving station, you will get the chance to retro-fit your gear and shop for better gear.
Your skill tree will have your back in the end. There will be sub-powers that you can assign to use in order to have an advantage. As you grow in the tree you will unlock these abilities like a land bomb when touch will cause a nice amount of damage to enemies once it explodes. There is a straight strike with your sword that will go through enemies and you can use it to close distance to speed pass an obstacle. You will have dodge button, but it has a weird cooldown so don’t try to spam it. Yes, this game can be played via keyboard and a joypad, which I used my PlayStation 4 controller with the new steam update.
Visually speaking the game looks pretty. I love the enemy designs which come in mutants, humans and of course your classic robots and one of them is a touring mess that will make your life miserable. The environments themselves are full of life and you will be doing a lot of backtracking as you collect items and books that will contain codes to blocked areas. It will turn into a platformer as you traverse through the underground tunnels and have to climb up or leap to progress through areas.
There are some concerns that I have encountered which makes Evil Genome feel as if it is still in beta even though it has been out for a month already. There were some audio issues that I noticed as the volume control would go weird from high to low depending on the area. I was thinking that it was voice tracking base as if I was walking away and the voice would fade, but it would happen when I am talking to an NPC. There are some frame issues at times, but not enough to make me frustrated. Don’t get me started with some of the loading screens which lasted a little over 30 seconds which may not seem a lot to most, but sit right there and stare at the clock for 30 seconds.
The story could use a bit of polishing because you start off a badass, but immediately crash land into losing your memory that apparently your A.I Alfa can’t reboot you or restore your memory in some way. I mean you have all your other functions and abilities that you did not forget how to use, but you forget the main important thing. It is awkward and felt a bit lacking in my interest.
Evil Genome has potential to be a great game that offers some fun combat, but the story is a bit lacking. Compared to other side scrolled RPG’s like Valdis Story or other beat’em ups like Shank. I can see this being a great addition to your library if they do some major updates to give the game a smoother feel. The protagonist is pretty cool and the costume designs are fun to get into as well as learning about enhancements. I am having fun going around the different areas, but the NPC’s tend to bore me in their dialogue as if they don’t want to be there. There will be a bit of repetitiveness as you backtrack and face the same enemies a few times, but the rewards are nice and the boss fights though predictable is fun.
At the end of the day, $14.99 is not that bad of a price and you do feel the effort made by the developers. I give them props for making a decent game at an affordable price and with that, I give Evil Genome 3 out of 5 paws. Definitely, check this game out if you looking for a decent beat’em up RPG at a reasonable price which is out now on Steam marketplace. – Beast Out –