So if you’ve been paying attention to the trends in gaming then you know that the soul’s genre is taking over right now. It seems like we get games of this genre all the time now. The latest addition to this club is Thymesia. It’s a fantasy Soulike third person RPG made by OverBorder Studios. Does Thymesia do anything to stand out it the soulslike genre? Is this game worth your time and money?
Let’s dive into it.
You play as Corvus a royal operative who is on a mission to undo the plague that is affecting his country. The key to this problem lies in the memories of Corvus. It is a shame he is suffering from memory loss. With the help of a spirit child, you go through your memories to find the answers that might save everyone.
Let’s talk about good qualities of the game.
I can’t say enough good things about the combat. The combat is simply fun. It’s a cool mash up of the combat from Devil May Cry and Bloodborne. It’s a cool combination that performs well in a soulslike games. Everything from the way you perform combos, to the way you parry and block works really well. The Controls are well thought out and allows the player to get into a groove with the game. The enemies your encounter have a dual-layered health bar, one is green the other is white. The game encourages you to play aggressively because the enemies green damage heals over time. The animations you do when you kill certain enemies are so damn good. The combat is fast paced and skill and combo based. If you enjoy those types of games then this will be right up your alley action wise.
If you played any of the soulslike games then you understand how to level up. This game has the same feature, but I want to give Thymesia props on its execution. The skills and upgrades all feel useful and allow the player to reselect skills if they want to try and new play style.
I really enjoyed how linear and short this game is. The game features three main locations. It feels like a Bloodborne level that was cut in half size wise. That works to this game’s advantage. It goes for being a memorable and fun shorter experience as opposed to a game that overstays its welcome.
Now let’s talk about the flaws of the game.
I can’t state enough how generic and boring the main character, Corvus is. Nothing about the character stands out and it’s hard to connect with him despite the fact that the game has you playing through his memories. That leads me to the next flaw with the game, the narrative. The story feels reminiscent of Bloodborne’s and doesn’t really stand out on its own.
Speaking of not standing out, the environment isn’t anything to remarkable or special. Each area feels bland and generic, just like a lot of the enemies that occupy them. The areas are technically well designed, and well lit, but just generic overall.
Overall/Should You Play Thymesia:
Ultimately Thymesia is a good action adventure soulslike game that scratches the surface of what it could have been. It’s superb combat can’t overcome its lackluster narrative, environments, and generic enemies. If those flaws aren’t a big deal for you then you’ll probably have a good time playing Thymesia. If you’re a fan of this genre and looking to a solid 8 to 16 hours experience I’d recommend checking this one out.
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