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  • Summary: Unto The End is a challenging combat adventure game in the style of a cinematic platformer. The story is simple: get home to your family. Master read-react combat in intense sword fights. Spot opportunities to trade and use items. An adventure told through your actions, how will you make it home?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 22, 2021
    80
    Unto the End is a scenic, lonely 2D side-scroller that sets its primary focus on a fixed number of intense battles with its unique combat system that is difficult to learn, but satisfying to master. There is no hand-holding here, though sometimes you might wish there was.
  2. Dec 9, 2020
    80
    Though it's a small package, Unto the End manages to deliver both an amazing visual experience and surprisingly deep combat systems. You won't want to miss the sort of adventure that will keep you coming back for more punishment, death after death.
  3. 60
    While the sound design is gripping, the platforming is solid, and the puzzle solving is unique, Unto The End unfortunately suffers from a bloated combat system and harsh checkpoints.
  4. CD-Action
    Sep 1, 2021
    60
    Unto the End is a minimalistic, very intense and ultimately exhausting adventure that requires patience. Enemies are always faster than our sluggish hero and almost always unpredictable, so even a lone foe can pose a challenge, while a stronger one will kill you with one strike. Not all encounters seemed fair, by the way. [03/2021, p.45]
  5. Dec 14, 2020
    50
    Unto the End just wants to punish the player. It feels like it went too far off the deep end of “purposefully difficult game” and ended up in kaizo territory. The challenge here isn’t fun, it’s just annoying.
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    40
    Even with clear intentions and a striking presentation, Unto the End's borderline broken combat mechanics drag the experience down into a spiral of misery.
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  1. I’d say “I’m sorry, Unto”, but I’m really not sorry because I hate this sluggish, clumsy little arsehole and I wish he’d stayed dead the first time. Some of you will like him (and it’s worth giving it a go via Game Pass to see if you do). But that’s your problem now.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. May 19, 2021
    10
    I love this game. The atmosphere is on point, the sound is perfect, and the visuals ideal. The combat is extremely well designed too, wayI love this game. The atmosphere is on point, the sound is perfect, and the visuals ideal. The combat is extremely well designed too, way better than it first appears. The game won't hold your hand on direction or puzzle solving, but it does offer a basic combat tutorial at the beginning - but make no mistake, there's more to the combat than what you learn in the tutorial, particularly with some really great nuance in enemy AI behavior.

    I played this through many times to see the secret endings. However, if you have no patience, are bad at puzzles, and can't be bothered learning combat mechanics, and if you don't want your inability to rise to a challenge to be exposed, then this game probably won't be for you. On the other hand, if you're up for a real challenge, and if you like a dark and atmospheric setting with a few secrets to find, then maybe your quest to learn the game and ultimately find the secret ending in Unto the End should begin.
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  2. D99
    Apr 14, 2021
    10
    Guys this game is a very unique game and It was a good game too but not for everyone im giving 10 for this game because it was a very fun toGuys this game is a very unique game and It was a good game too but not for everyone im giving 10 for this game because it was a very fun to play game for me so like i said its just my opinion and like i said its not a game for everyone... so if you are not a very patient person or if you are looking for some action its not a game for you and i really need to say its a veeeery hard game and you will die a lot but its okay if you are patient enough its a good and chill game Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2021
    7
    Unto the End is a game that not everyone can enjoy, or not everyone has the patience to enjoy the game. At the beginning you see a writingUnto the End is a game that not everyone can enjoy, or not everyone has the patience to enjoy the game. At the beginning you see a writing that says ''This is a different game'' and it is actually. I don't think it's a soulslike, it doesn't have that checkpoint system, but it has a similar one. Or the fighting mechanics, it is complitely unique to me I don't really saw a 2D action game that has a similar fighting. But I'll be reviewing the story, gameplay and the general design of the game seperately. So let's begin.

    Alright the story part, I won't be giving spoilers by the way, the story is very simple, as a father you got lost trying to hunt a dear, and you try to get back to your home, on the way there are dangerous creatures try to hunt you or protect where they live, but you can fight too. Nothing to criticize actually, but I found myself as a player thinking ''Holy **** this place is actually dangereous I hope they are safe at home''. But don't expect to cry or something like that, I think maybe you are emotional but I don't think you will care what happens to your family %99 of your playtime.

    The gameplay is also simple but at the same time very complex, at the beginning you only think you can block, attack and throw a dagger. But as you defeat more enemies using different moves you think ''Oh the father is getting better.'' But that's not true, you are learning to play the game with different strategies and get better, mastering. So how good is the gameplay? It's actually pretty good. You need to be patient and careful fighting your enemies. It's slow paced, but not out of control, but when you press a button twice your character wants to do it even if you pressed 3 seconds ago by accident but that's not a huge problem actually. And this is a hard game! You die constantly trying to kill f*cking stupid weird creatures! Every enemy is deadly like in Dark Souls. But I have a similar problem with the games where you die so many times and try again and again like Hotline Miami or Katana Zero. Well Unto the End is not exactly like that games, well you die but the game is not that fast. But it has an even bigger difference. You don't mindlessly try to ''memorize'' enemies moves, you try to ''learn'' them. For example in Max Payne (I know this games can't be compared in terms of gameplay they are so different I'm just giving examples) you enter a room, get blasted by a shotgun guy, quick load. Now you are going to blast him because you know where he is but then a guy shooting from far away dropped your health quite a bit, quick load. Now you try to one shot him with your deagle etc.. Well in Unto the End you are not playing the game like ''Oh ok, now I will hit this guy with a jump attack then he will try to attack me so I roll back and quickly throw a dagger...'' well Unto the End is not like that, each fight is different even if you fight with the same guys you try different moves, think smart. But I would want to use not just different moves and strategies, but different weapons and equipments. Well this a pretty short game but at you first try (it could be boring if you finish the game twice though) you won't finish the game under 3 hours. Especially if you don't use the assist mode. And in a game like this I'd want to use something different more than another throwable at the very and of the game. But different enemies will force you to change your playstyle, some enemies will make you dodge, some some of them will make you block and the blood effects but some stronger enemies are capable of block right after they attack, so you crouch to hit even faster after escaping their attack or to make a jump attack, but don't forget you can always try your chance and press RT to stun your enemy. Overall I really like the combat.

    General atmosphere of the game changes as you play the game and progress and this game has interior parts like caves, and outdoor areas like forests. I hate cave areas and dark parts in games, and this doesn't change in Unto the End, but actually this means they succeeded what they want to. I have chance to communicate with one of the developers (there are only two of them by the way) and Stephen Danton exactly said ''The full game has I think (and hope you'll agree) a good balance of indoor and outdoor areas... so we want a back and forth, a yin and yang. Sometimes we want you to feel uncomfortable, alone or even lost, and then we want you to feel hopeful and free'' and I'm happy to say they did what they want! Well kind of, I found myself hopeless but not hopeful, maybe free yeah, but not hopeful. Because when you enter an outdoor area, there are literaly dead corpses! So in this game don't expect to relax, though the art and though the atmosphere is so beautiful. But on the puzzle part of the game, I found myself hard to navigate. So on the cave parts game can't show it's beauty to me.

    I know this isn't a game for anyone, but I recommend if you like what I wrote.
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  4. Dec 12, 2020
    4
    The mood, gameplay, sound design and the visual storytelling are well made. But the game falls short on longevity and replayability.
    In this
    The mood, gameplay, sound design and the visual storytelling are well made. But the game falls short on longevity and replayability.
    In this case more would have been better and much needed. When the game ended I felt very underwhelmed.
    It had the potential to be something great but it feels more like an unfinished product that ends in the first act.
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  5. Jan 26, 2021
    0
    This game is a real sh*t but a very good walking simlilator only walkink walking and walking and fighting realy hard an bored
  6. Dec 11, 2020
    0
    While there are probably worse games out there, I haven't played any of them. Unto The End feels like that failed 10 years ago on Newgrounds.
  7. Dec 11, 2020
    0
    Newsflash: If your game is going to be VERY difficult, it should at least be a LITTLE enjoyable. Unto The End reminds me of Capybara's Below,Newsflash: If your game is going to be VERY difficult, it should at least be a LITTLE enjoyable. Unto The End reminds me of Capybara's Below, another very punishing game. Below's problem was that although it was very pretty and interesting, it was more punishing than it was pretty or interesting, and so it didn't quite work. Here we have a game that is twice as punishing and not at all pretty or interesting. Little wonder it doesn't work at all. Expand

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