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When a friend of mine told me that there was a game on the Oculus Go that was a kind of Metroidvania style game I was all in. I love Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and finding out that there is a game done in a similar style in VR was something I wanted in on.
The story of the game is centered around a woman called, Clara Pathemore. She finds out that she has these special powers, but the people in her town do not take too kindly to this chase her out and take it over. Now she needs to understand her powers and get the strength to defeat these “hunters” that have taken over her town.
In all honesty, the story is not the games strongest point, but it does a good enough job in giving you the motivation to go from point a to point b and I did find myself actually caring about Clara and what happened to her.
This is quite a large world for you to explore and explore you must. There are lots of hidden items and secrets for you to find. These are things that will give you extra powers like a new magical ability or the ability to double jump. Exploration is greatly encouraged and it is a lot of fun too.
Want to know what else is fun? The combat, I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun it was to put a beating on these guys. You have different magic abilities that you can use and in certain situations, you will have to use certain kinds of magic to get through. There are tons of rooms for you to explore and a whole host of upgrades for you to work towards so there is a lot of content here.
I love the dark and moody art style that they have gone for. It reminds me of a cross between Castlevania and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and that is a cool thing indeed. There is not exactly a ton of variety when it comes to the environments, but the levels that are here do look nice.
You will need to use a gamepad to play this. I have heard that some people have tried to play Witchblood with the Go controller and it is an absolute nightmare so I would not even attempt it. I would imagine doing things like jumping and even switching magic would be rather frustrating to do without a gamepad so please keep that in mind if you are interested in this game.
Witchblood is a game that I had a lot of fun with. It is nice to see a developer take a more traditional style of game and bring it to the world of VR. The action is great, the story not bad and there is a ton to see and do. It is one of the better side scrolling style games that I have played with my Oculus Go and it is well worth checking out. I think if you do like games like Castlevania, you will have a great time with this.
It feels like Symphony of the Night
Lots of magic to learn
100 plus rooms to explore
The combat is very solid
A very nice challenge
You will need a gamepad
Some of the platforming can be frustrating