I bought this when first released on Switch, and there a couple of things, like the random wind switches and quick corruption of hunters that bothered me a bit. Still though it was a great game with great potential, but didn't play it much because i got into something else. One day i seen patch 0.6 was in and i updated gamed. In going back i can see alot of issues have been ironed out. This game is extremely good. It has something that sets it apart as an RPG. For one the story is extremely well developed, and after Japanese RPG fatigue, it is very refreshing to get something like this. The game gets pretty difficult and there gets a point where you must develop careful strategy to progress. You cannot just blaze through it. The graphical style is refreshing and different. It has a certain aura and quality that gives a certain vibe. Somehow the story resonates with our own times, and i think this is what makes it interesting. Couple things i would still like to see 'improved', but considering this is an indie development this games deserves a solid 10/10.
Absolutely fantastic game, with a brilliant setting of Lovecraft’s themes in an almost apocalyptic old west wasteland. Love the horror and tactical strategy mix. Wonderfully dark and well thought out story far beyond what you’d normally see in this genre, with great characters, and much deeper game play mechanics than I’d expected. Well written dialogue, beautiful art design, and an ominous and haunting soundtrack to round it out. More proof that quality does not only come from AAA games, but from talented developers with a passion project.
After many hours, I felt like I had seen what there was to see. The story remains compelling, but the gameplay loop starts to grow predictable. There are only so many mission types, and another kind of lumbering beast doesn’t drastically change what you are doing. But Alder’s Blood stuck with me in a strange way that few games do — I credit that to the imaginative story and the eerie tone. God has been murdered in this world, and I still feel compelled to understand just what that means. I’ll probably return to this world when the leaves are changing and I’m in the mood for an ethereal scare. I just hope I can remember to tread lightly and not have to reload so much.
All in all, Alder’s Blood has all the right parts. Gameplay is solid, with an interesting story, and a variety of mechanics that keep things interesting. However, the difficulty being tied so closely to RNG-based wind means sometimes it really blows to try and finish up a quest. Matching that with inconsistent AI and you have an overall package that falls a tad short of the high expectations. A few minor changes could make this a really special variation on the Bloodborne formula.
Alder’s Blood takes inspirations from different games to create a unique adventure RPG which blends Western and Victorian-style characters. Due to a focus on stealth, its strategy turn-based combat can lead to some frustrating segments, but a distinct art-style and deep world-building transforms the stressful segments into an overall worthwhile experience.
Alder's Blood is a valid game based on a solid genre, nonetheless it manages to give that something extra thanks to some good original ideas and an intriguing setting. The Switch version, however, is slightly inaccurate in the management of the movements of the units and breaks too much the pace of exploration and adventure with loading screens of unjustified length,given the minimal design of maps and characters.
To the guy who gave 0/10, and 3/10 before. I remember ur review, I read it before i played myself. You didn't hide ur score was given after playing only a short demo(mini prequel) from last year, where 90% of things this game offers doesn't appear. Ofc this is a publisher mistake to not update "mini-prequel" and leave potential players with wrong reception of their work. But i don't think game deserve so bad reviews, It is challenging, nice designed game with interesting mechanic which need to be a little bit polished to be great. 7/10 from me and i w8 for patches to make it 8 or maybe even better.
I'm not really a suspicious person. But I'm surprised by the high user ratings here (also because the company advertises with the high metascore).
It seems to me that some of them are not honest reviews. That's a pity and seems unnecessary to me. The game is ok, but some mechanics are exhausting.
A Game with a crazy amount of potential. The corruption mechanic ended up being too harsh for me, about 5 hours in i ran out of hunters over night and out of money (used to hire new hunters), and just threw the towel in. I love hard game, but the difficulty here fails to make it fun. A little sad as i feel i wasted some good game dollars, but i believe that with a little tweaking this game could be amazing. It has a lot of good things going on for it, butt the difficultiy makes hard to enjoy them. (The wind changing direction without warning really!?)
SummaryAlder's Blood is a stealth, tactical turn-based game set in a grim world, where nature stood against humanity and repelled the civilization. Use a wide variety of weapons, stay in shadows and prepare deadly traps to survive in combat.