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  • Summary: Six years ago, the Machine Legion invaded and colonized the Torch City, which was originally inhabited by animals. Rayton, the former soldier in the resistance war, has been living in seclusion since then. After his friend is forcibly arrested, Rayton reclaims his mechanical fist and stepsSix years ago, the Machine Legion invaded and colonized the Torch City, which was originally inhabited by animals. Rayton, the former soldier in the resistance war, has been living in seclusion since then. After his friend is forcibly arrested, Rayton reclaims his mechanical fist and steps to his journey fighting back. And he never expects that he has been involved in a bigger scheme between the mafia, the rebellion, and the legion.

    Exploring the Metroidvania game world with a dozen of areas with distinguishing vision themes and level designs. Earning the rewards by conquering the challenges of combats, puzzles and platformers in countless chambers, tunnels and shortcuts.

    Interconnected and automatically loading game map makes the detailed Torch City more convincing and beautiful.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 10, 2021
    80
    F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch strikes the perfect balance between combat, platforming, and puzzles, it may suffer from technical shortcomings and some design choices, but it is a good Metroidvania nonetheless.
  2. Sep 8, 2021
    75
    Despite the word salad definition of it’s acronym (Seriously what does Forged in Shadow Torch mean really?), F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch is a competent and challenging title for fans of metroidvanias. I was definitely invested into the plight of the furtizens of Torch City and would love to see the conflict which led to the current situation explored in some means. If this is the first title to come out of the China Hero Project, I am definitely interested in the other titles they are curating.
  3. Sep 6, 2021
    70
    F.I.S.T. offers a rock-solid Metroidvania experience that I enjoyed greatly. Chunky combat, glorious level design and well-hidden secrets are what gets me out of bed in the morning, and F.I.S.T provided all of that and terrifying talking bears too. Unfortunately, I can’t overlook the technical issues that plague proceedings. If TiGames sort out the problems with a rapid patch then this would be a game that's much easier to recommend.
  4. Sep 9, 2021
    60
    F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch first manages to captivate the player for hours thanks to its unique world and lore. Unfortunately, even if we feel that it's able to draw inspiration from the best and proposed a construction overall which inspires respect, it suffers from certain mistakes that cannot be avoided. Misplaced checkpoints, unskippable cut-scenes but above all commands issues certain phases of platform or combat too frustrating. Try if the genre appeals to you, but be warned that this game will not go easy on your nerves.
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    Oct 17, 2021
    60
    With patience, you should find an accomplished metroidvania in FIST, especially in its rich visuals and varied levels. But if you prefer more carrot than stick in your games then, like Rayton, you may not be a happy bunny. [Issue#7, p.78]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Oct 1, 2021
    9
    FIST is a wonderful game. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. There are issues, but nothing that hindered my overall enjoyment ofFIST is a wonderful game. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. There are issues, but nothing that hindered my overall enjoyment of it.The combat however does take some getting used to. It's quite possibly the most complex arsenal of attacks and moves of any metroidvania. So there's a larger learning curve than most games. That being said if I had written this a few hours into the game i would rated it much lower. The first few hours I felt were frustrating and although it never seemed unfair there were times, especially some boss fights, seemed a little.... cheap. But later on after you become proficient in combat, studying enemies attacks you'll be able to unleash some truly awesome attack combos. It's even possible to chain different weapon attacks together into one combo. Near the end of the game I found myself charging towards groups of enemies and just having a blast tearing them apart.

    The rest of the game is just as good and similarly grew on me after awhile. Initially I didn't care much for the story but as it branched out, adding more interesting characters and some locations that really helps sell the plight of the protagonist and the furtizens (that citizens w fur up front). There's some nice touches to the story that end up making Ray's journey a much more personal one. By the end I really liked him as a character. (also I'm not crazy, but I kept thinking his voice sounded a lot like Ron Swanson aka Nick Offerman.

    This is one of my new favorite metroidvanias. It's not Hollow Knight or SOTN great, I mean those are near perfect games. This one's up there though. I would actually put it right around Blasphemous. But FIST is definitely worth your time and money.
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  2. Sep 16, 2021
    8
    I played F.I.S.T .: Forged In Shadow Torch on PlayStation 4 thanks to a code given to me by the distributor. I ran the test on an LGI played F.I.S.T .: Forged In Shadow Torch on PlayStation 4 thanks to a code given to me by the distributor. I ran the test on an LG OLED55BX6LB TV and finished the main campaign in thirteen hours. The game features lyrics and dubbing in English and Chinese, both of which are well-made. The developers have stated that in the coming weeks a series of patches will arrive for the inclusion of additional languages, among which, unfortunately, Italian is not included.
    Fun, crafted with obvious attention to detail and featuring a rewarding combat system, F.I.S.T .: Forged In Shadow Torch is a game with a lot of heart and personality. The articulated level design, full of secrets and shortcuts, lets itself be explored in all its extension, slowly revealing itself and pushing us to peer into every nook and cranny. The fights are almost similar to those of modern action, putting aside the long-range weapons typical of the genre to bet everything on clashes with overwhelming physicality. Some fights are not exactly "spotless", with the camera moving too far and the protagonist tending to blend in with the enemies. Fortunately, the legibility of the action is compromised only at times, resulting in a forgivable annoyance, rather than a serious defect. Thanks to a very punctual control system in the jumps and thanks to the organicity of the settings, rich in explorable ravines, the adventure flows very well, even without jolts. In the end, this is the biggest flaw of F.I.S.T .: Forged In Shadow Torch: it is a pleasant and undeniably curated experience, but never able to really take flight. Formally devoid of gross flaws and unable to strike as hard as the protagonist's fists, it is bound to slip away from your memories just after the credits.
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  3. Sep 15, 2021
    8
    I would give the game a 10, but it has crashed 3 times and I have no idea why it is happening.
  4. Oct 12, 2021
    7
    Combat: Amazing, love the combo system.
    Bosses: Very good
    Platforming: Quite good Story: Very bad and cliché Poster/paints nods: I love
    Combat: Amazing, love the combo system.
    Bosses: Very good
    Platforming: Quite good
    Story: Very bad and cliché
    Poster/paints nods: I love it.

    Translation (spanish) is all over the place, with a lot of clipped out-of-screen text.
    Saves works weird, the autosave give you full health/resource back, which make the game TOO EASY. I think you should only respawn on the repair machine, not in mid-level.
    Also, let me skip the cutscenes on bosses, that's annoying when you're grinding a boss.

    I like the game BUT IT NEEDS WORK.
    I hope for a updated/fixed physical release on the future. Yes, i know there's physical release on Asia, i'm talking about west release.
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  5. Sep 22, 2021
    6
    FIST is a pretty interesting concept, with pretty rich visuals, decent story and fun characters. There's enough variety in the game in termsFIST is a pretty interesting concept, with pretty rich visuals, decent story and fun characters. There's enough variety in the game in terms of the weapons, treasures, areas to explore, enemies and missions. The game is supposed to be a light hearted encounter, which it is for the most part. FIST is not hard but it's not a walk in the park either. There are some challenging boss encounters that require you to use the full extent of you weapons and abilities. The game succeeds in keeping you engaged throughout the game play. However, what definitely made me not fully enjoy the game is how the developers chose to make the game more difficult - through difficult platforming. Going through long patches of the game attempting to make perfectly timed jumps while avoiding all kinds of obstacles over and over again until you get a perfect run is a disengaging and frustrating experience. Another frustrating function in the game was the usage of the carrot juice bottle (used to replenish your health). It's a process that takes a second. You literally have to stop and hold the button for Ray (the protagonist) to use the bottle and recharge his health. This can be more detrimental than beneficial in some fast paced boss fights because you'll get hit and stunned while trying to recharge your health.
    This is not a triple-A game to begin with, so expectations shouldn't be too high when starting the game. It's supposed to be a fun, quick experience. However the unnecessarily difficult platforming sections took away from the experience. It just felt like a cheap way to make the game more difficult and that way prolong it without adding more actual content instead.
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  6. Oct 4, 2021
    0
    В Steam есть русский язык, а на PS4 нет. Это оценка 0