Posted: April 21
This game is a lot of fun with a little bit of not. Class-based with roguelike elements, it has a few surprises up its sleeve to keep it interesting and enjoyable. Just when I think I'm pushing water uphill, I manage to pull myself out of a tight spot. Just when I feel like I'm cruising along too easily, I get my face pounded in with something spiky and mean. I've clocked almost 10 hours in three days, and I'm showing no signs of stopping anytime soon.
I have a few problems with the game, however.
While the blood of a roguelike is pumping fast through the heart of this game, it isn't passing through the brain as much as I'd like. Collecting a relic grants an effect, but very rarely does the description of the relic lend to an explanation of what that effect is. A mouse-over text would do wonders for telling the player what they've just gotten themselves into.
Also...there's no nice way to say it. The voice acting is a crime against nature. Thus far I've played five of the available eight classes: Viking, Marksman, Redneck, Pirate and Samurai. Only one of these five (the Viking) hasn't made me wish I knew more about modding, and that didn't seem as though it lacked the attempt.
How is it that the Marksman is more redneck than the Redneck? The Pirate is so obsessed with treasure (and climbing, for some reason) that it actually makes other pirates look charitable - seriously, we get it, you like gold and want it in your pockets. As for the Samurai...
If you can imagine Antonio Banderas doing an impersonation of Christopher Lambert's Raiden from Mortal Kombat who is himself doing an impression of Mickey Rooney's character from Breakfast At Tiffany's, you've about got it. Seriously, Kyle Kinane's bit about Trader Joe's Asian counterpart Trader Ming was less racially insensitive, and it was mimicking a man who was doing a terrible Oriental accent. "Trader Ming demand respect from forrorers!" It's that bad.
Oh, you don't want to buy the DLC and find out? That's okay, just whisper the following phrase in a very pensive, meaningful way: "Your rack of barance was your reakness." That's an actual line from the game, in all the glory it lacks. You get me? You get me.
I highly recommend this game to anyone who has a strong love for games similar to The Binding of Isaac (same control scheme, even) but who have long patience for dying unnecessary while cringing at terrible, just terrible voice acting.
Oh, and Akrea, the Lightning boss, talks like a six year old with a speech imediment. "Awe you scawed?" L2speak, then we'll talk.
...seriously with this voice acting...