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Not Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 2.1 hrs on record (2.0 hrs at review time)
Posted: Mar 6, 2020 @ 1:01am

At a Glance
(Adult) Content
Yes, (f) nudity (DLC).
Censorship
Yes, underwear.
Hours of Gameplay
Hours (and hours of grind).
Modding Support?
No.
Patch Available?
Yes. Download as Steam DLC.

Maiden and Swordsman is an openworld RPG.

- Disclaimer -
For the purposes of this review, the adult patch is installed.

Gameplay
Before starting a new game, you must choose a character. You can pick either a combat or magic oriented character. What each character can/can't do is unclear to me (since I can't read Chinese).

The goal is to find NPCs and complete quests, which generally involve killing one or more enemies. You start in a "hub world", which houses shops and possesses no hostiles. Each world is huge, but lacking interactive content. You can expect most of your playtime to be walking from point "A" to point "B". Leveling up is an arduous grind, and if you enter the wrong location you'll be smashed by enemies hundreds of levels above you.

As you level up, you can enhance your stats and learn new attacks. The character I chose had the ability to "poison" enemies, which removed a set percent of health each second. This allowed me to kill enemies that would otherwise take hours to kill in minutes. She could also summon (one) companion, who made cheesing enemies with my poison even easier. This game is deeply unbalanced (if you couldn't already tell).

I've seen the interface and progression system in at least two other titles. I smell asset rip.

Story
The world is under siege, and um. . . these mutant monsters have wreaked havoc by "corrupting" otherwise normal folk. . . and you're the hero who's been chosen to beat back the mutants.

I. . . can't read Chinese.

Visuals
The title screen showcases cast of clashing asset flips, but the animated sbackground is a great touch. Under "Set" (or "settings"), the langauge, volume and resolution can be adjusted. Overall, the user interface is basic (and one I've seen from other Unity games). Even though my language was set to "English", the character select screen was in Chinese. The in-game assets do look good, but are clearly a mash of widely used Unity assets.

- The Goods -
The "Adult" DLC makes a lot of (female) characters go shirtless. Expect upper female nudity.

Verdict
Given the bugs, visuals and awful balance, I strongly disrecommend this game. I enjoy these kinds of (generally bad) RPGs, but this is one that I couldn't get behind. I feel like I'd been pranked with an overpriced piece of memeware.

Maybe this is shovelware, or maybe this is a passionate project made by an overextended crew. In either case, it's grossly overpriced (at ten USD) for how fun and functional the content is.

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