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  • Summary: Zenith is an action RPG that combines that feel of the golden era RPG games with a generous dose of humor and parody. The game counts with a solid story which unfolds in a fantasy world populated by dozens of unorthodox characters. Adventuring, exploring ruins, accidentally unleashing theZenith is an action RPG that combines that feel of the golden era RPG games with a generous dose of humor and parody. The game counts with a solid story which unfolds in a fantasy world populated by dozens of unorthodox characters. Adventuring, exploring ruins, accidentally unleashing the apocalypse, saving the world youve done it all, and so has Argus. And, frankly, hes a bit fed up with the whole thing. He used to be a wizard, which was fine and all, but hes in his 30s now, and he wants to settle down, get some peace and quiet. But thats not easy to get with all those spike-haired buffoons dragging their giant swords around and ruining the pavement. Specially when youre trying to keep a dangerous artifact hidden from meddling heroes with a chosen one complex. Expand
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  1. Apr 19, 2020
    9
    The reference-laden humor of the game is what makes it stand out, and what makes it worthwhile in itself, and really the main origin of myThe reference-laden humor of the game is what makes it stand out, and what makes it worthwhile in itself, and really the main origin of my 9/10 score.

    The gameplay is okay. It feels a bit dated for a 2016 title never mind a 2019 rerelease, but it is fun once you figure out how to combine various attach patterns of your own vs the attach patterns of enemies.

    There seems to be a bug on the Switch version that causes the compass to work backwards (compared to let's plays from the PC version). When you rotate the camera clock-wise, you'd expect the compass needle to move counter-clockwise. Instead it rotates in the same direction, which combines unfavorably with the overworld map issues described below:

    Some design weaknesses:

    (a) Loading times. Even when played from internal memory, a change of scene takes around 4-5 seconds. As long as the story is flowing, that's barely noticable, but once you have to travel the overworld map it turns the on-map encounters into an annoying chore, since each encounters requires two loading sequences, while the fight usually takes only 10-20 seconds. The map-encounters should have been either cut or optimized for faster loading. (But mostly you can just run away from the encounters, since they are visibible entities on the map.)

    (b) Mana/health system. Mana regenerates slowly and health even more so. Potions are on a 30 second cooldown. While this discourages a boring "farm resources, chug potions" playstyle, it encourages idling after each fight to regenerate health and mana, and let the cooldowns expire. At least, recovery and cooldown expiration should be vastly accelerated after leaving combat to avoid this. Again however, the effect is barely noticable for story encounters, and only becomes egregious for the short overworld-map fights.

    (c) The ability tree contains a fire ability, that ads a "wall of flame" effect to the evasion move. Sadly it also adds mana consumption and cannot be toggled off, though with better equipment it increasingly becomes less relevant. I have seen similar effects in Saints Row 3/4, where some upgrades could either overly trivialize the combat (invulnerability, infinite ammo, no reloading) or make some tasks hard to impossible (tornado while sprinting in SR4).

    (d) Very minor complaint: There is no level-up notification. By the time I even noticed, that the game has given me points to distribute on the ability tree, I already had 16 of them. Possibility caused by portable mode, where the experience bar is barely noticeable.

    Though I play the game in portable mode mostly myself, I recommend against it to give the environments a better chance to shine, than what the small builtin screen can provide.
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  2. Apr 10, 2021
    4
    The trailer really does a good job at selling it as a comical action RPG. I did find parts of it quite funny but the game design felt quiteThe trailer really does a good job at selling it as a comical action RPG. I did find parts of it quite funny but the game design felt quite dated. The graphics felt very PS2 era there were locations that looked great and others that felt slapped together. The UI seemed like a place where the polish is sorely needed. The equipment selection screen highlighter is barely visible and non-responsive a lot of the times. I want to select a health potion but the highlighter won't even move off the armband equipment piece. The confirmation noise is also missing or not loud enough. There were also multiple times where my character clipped through the boundaries. I did beat the game. Expand