Stab, parry, kill
2D combat is an odd one. You often end up with a straight brawler, a fighting game, or some kind of hack-and-slash gameplay. It’s nice when something a little more thoughtful comes along. Griefhelm, not a game about sad helmets, is certainly a more thoughtful and tactical game. It has you racing across medieval areas and duking it out against t enemies who are there to test your patience and skills.
It looks as though it plays a little bit like Nidhogg, in that you have to kill enemies to be able to continue on, but it has a far more For Honor vibe to it when it comes to the actual fighting. There are parries, dodges, punches, and lots of weapons to play around with. It all plays out across a campaign that’s dynamic (changing?) and replayable (fun?), and it looks like it could be a fairly good time sink. Plus, you can play that game online or offline with up to four people.
Local multiplayer games can be hard to find at the moment, and while we don’t really need them when we can’t even go and see each other, the new options will get a lot of use when we can go visit friends again. It’s also got a rather nice art style, and one sequence has you going through a tent, backlit by a fire of some sort, and the blood of your vanquished foes spilling across the material. It’s really stunning to look at, and I’m looking forward to dying a lot while playing it.
Jason is the Editor of The Indie Game Website. He’s a lover of roguelikes, soulslikes, and other kinds of likes. He basically spends a lot of time getting beaten up in games and seems to enjoy it.