The MageSeeker: A League of Legends Story – Hades meets Retro God of War
Over here at The Single Player Experience, we always want you, the listeners, to get the most bang for your buck when trying out new games. Often we love to check out the latest indie games.
In today’s episode, our host Sebastion Mauldin, will be reviewing the indie game of the week, The MageSeeker: A League of Legends Story.
Tune in to hear a breakdown of each component of this game to get a better idea of whether this game is worth adding to your backlog list.
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what's up and welcome to the Single Player Experience Podcast. As always, I'm your host, Sebastian Malden, and in this episode we're talking about an indie game that just released, that's given me some Hades vibes. It's a single player top perspective action R PPG that I just knew had to be this week's indie game. Recommendation of the week. Find out why right after the intro DJ start the intro main. I wasn't really intrigued by the. The maid seeker was different though because it felt like a game that was made specifically for me. It's a single player experience made by Digital Sun, the geniuses behind Moonlight, a game that I absolutely adore. So how do they do with this League of Legends based game? Let's dive into it. Let's start with the narrative. In the main secret, illegal legend story, you play a stylist, a rogue mate who seeks to build an army to lead a revolution against an oppressive. In this world, majors are hunted, experimented on and killed, and it's up to you to break this cycle. This is pretty much the crux of the main story, but the interesting aspect about the game's focus is your impact on the world itself. There is an emphasis on what world you will help create if you do win this revolution. One of the big triumphs of the show arcane was the banner in which they humanized the character, jinx the Maze Secret, can boast about the same achievement with Silas. It's remarkable how they took this character, which from my understanding was basically additional lore in the mainstay game to this remarkable and well fleshed out protagonist. The game also features side characters who are just as interesting as Silas. You have a camp where you can talk to them and learn more about their backs. Each of these stories you hear is well thought out and helps to further flesh out the world. Now let's talk about the gameplay. The gameplay is fun featuring swift combat that feels like a upgrade from moonlighters. It honestly feels like a 2D version of the pre Norse mythology, God of war games mixed in with Haes. In moonlight, you use your chains to execute light attacks, heavy attacks, and pull yourself towards enemies and also perform magic attacks. A cool standout feature is that you can use your chains to copy the magic attack from your enemies. Another fun feature and aspect about the gameplay is that the companions that you collect on your journey can provide you with combos and moves based on their elemental expertise. You can mix and match these moves to kind of tailor your play. In the game's intro, the gameplay seemed a bit basic, but it quickly ramps up as you're introduced to six magical elements. Each element is strong against this opposite, and using this to your advantage is the key to mastering the game's combat system. It's a cool trait that any ability that you copy can later also be learned in mastered in the. Now let's talk about the arts style and the soundtrack. The game is absolutely gorgeous with this 2D high bit pixel art style. You can see the similarities from moonlight, however it feels, dowd up a few notches. Every environment is highly detailed with standouts like your camp area, the forest, in any location in the game with water. This game is also a perfect example that shows how far pixel has come. I stopped several times and load the journey in the game just to admire the scenery around me. The game also features an amazing score and soundtrack. It sounds like an experienced orchestra performed the music for this game. The score perfectly accents everything that's going on around you. It has this beautiful slow orchestral music that sets the mood for the game's, heavier movements. There's also very good specific music that highlights and accents the mysterious moments of the game, as well as fast-paced music that really gets you into the mood when you're dealing out heavy damage to. Next up, I want to talk about some additional pros that I've found with this game, and I wanna start with the game's boss fights. There are quite a few of 'em, and they each have a different element or mechanic about them that makes them challenging yet fun. Even the boss fights that were kind of repeats of a previous one had a new element or wrinkle thrown into it that made it slightly different and added a new aspect that made it challenging in a brand new way. Next, I wanna shout out the game's upgrade path and upgrade system as a whole, because. It is incredible. So there are magic moves that you can unlock that add a nice layer to the combat. In each elemental path, you have about four spells that you can learn and use at your disposal instead of being locked into that upgrade system and just that upgrade path though, you can also spend your hard-earned resources on levelings. Silas's attributes such as his health, his magical ability, and gaining stronger physical attacks. I really like this dynamic in this system because I can play with a different version of Silas on my next play through versus the way that I played on my first play through. So between that and the story choices that you can make in this game, there's a lot of replayability factor to the game overall. So no game is perfect. So let's talk about the flaws of this one. Unfortunately, I experienced a few game crash. One happened during the opening cut scene. I had to start the game all over again, but it was the intro of the game, so no biggie. But then the same thing kind of happened in the middle of the game, but thankfully the game loaded up swiftly from a recent saved. But I just wanted to shout out that I did have a couple of. Experiences with some crashes. Another flaw that I experienced was that there was a bit of an inconsistency when it comes to the games AI system, the enemy, ai, to be specific. Sometimes they'd attack you collectively and then others, they'd wait their turn as if they were a old school action movie. Some enemies would even freeze up entirely until I came and hit them. While this isn't the biggest deal in the world, it's kind of worth noting and it kind of takes you out of the experience at times. So overall, should you play the Maid Seeker a League of Legends story? That is a easy yes, especially if you're looking for a game to scratch that Hades style itch. This plays a lot like a linear Hades game. The story is engaging even to someone who isn't familiar with the League of Legends, Lord, like myself. While it does get off to a pretty slow start, the gameplay is addicting, fun, and rewarding. I really want to give a shout out to Digital Sun because they showcased everything that they learned from Moonlighters and they took that to the next level by providing us with another memorable indie gym here between Arcane and the Ma Seeker illegal Alleg story. I'm starting to think that perhaps I'm becoming a League Legends. In this show, we practice the 10 games backlog rule. In this practice, you log down 10 games, those games are gonna be your video game backlog. To be as productive as you possibly can be, we recommend that you only play three games at one time. One single player narrative game, one game that's gonna be your chill and relaxed game. And another game that's going to be your palate cleanser game, which is a game that you play when you're not in the mood for your other narrative. When you complete or get tired of one game, it leaves the backlog list. Then you decide which new game is added to the list, and which game on the list advances to your active three games. So that is the game recommendation of the week that you should consider adding to your backlog. If you want me or my community of gamers to give you feedback on your backlog list, then join us in the single Player Experience Discord server. Once you're in, feel free to share your video game backlog list our talk about good single player game experiences that you've had lately. The link to join the free single player experience Discord server is in the show notes. Thank you so much for listening to today's episode, and I hope to catch you in the next one. Peace.