Wulverblade – Best of Show @ PlayExpo 2014
I have saved, what everyone considered to be, the Best In Show at Play Expo 2014, until last. Having met Michael Heald the day previous, I gave the game a good blast, both prior to the GP interview, and afterwards. It is a very visceral, side scrolling beat-em-up, based on the good old classic games from the 90’s. So lets have a look at Wulverblade shall we?
Wulverblade brings a modern twist, to a classic style of gaming. When you start the game, the graphics remind you of that old style gaming, modern, but with a twist of retro thrown in. You play a Gaelic warrior, fighting the Roman Legions who have invaded the British Isles in 120AD. Your fighting the 9th Roman Legion, a Legion of 5000 brave, hardened and brutal warriors fresh from Rome, ready to conquer the Island.
To start the game, you have to kill, literally, an enemy that is stood still in front of you. You dive straight in, no load screens, no introduction, just action. There are several differing types of game, the two I saw where Story and Wave based modes of gameplay.
The Story mode follows Caradoc whilst he attempts to destroy the 9th Roman Legion during its campaign through the British Isles. Caradoc is the Guardian of the Northern tribes and has rallied all the forces together to counter the Romans and destroy them. What makes this even better is the fact it is based of military history, but there is an element of the mythos & lore of British history as well.
The Wave mode allows you to fight progressively more challenging waves of enemies from random Barbarians to well trained Roman Legionnaires. The longer you last, the better your score and the high you will go on a Global Leader board. This mode is also co-operative, meaning two of you can fight against the waves, but you can also attack each other. The longer you work together, the longer you will last, but you’ll also be sharing score. It adds a great element to a classic game.
The game looks fantastic, its beautifully rendered and uses cell animated characters. Being able to play the game in 1080p HD really shows how fantastic the game looks as well, and it really displays the detail of the art put into this game. The soundtrack is apt for the game and really gives the game a suitable grandeur that you would only get from a super blockbuster game, or film. The game has 8 levels, spanning across typical English nature, but all based on Historical locations. Michael actually visited the places to gain inspiration, facts and read into the history of the 9th Roman Legion, and any lore surrounding their disappearance.
After speaking with Michael, playing the game, and asking people who played it, I can seriously see why this won best game in show. So much thought, passion and dedication has gone into this game, and that love could be seen. The presentation of the stand, the presentation and passion of the game itself, and the engagement of Michael was the raw evidence. This game is fantastic, a definite purchase if you have spare funds when it is released. Check the game out at the website here and be sure to share and spread the word of this fantastic game.
It will be released on the Xbox One and Steam in 2015.