- System: PS4, PC
- Publisher: Devolver Digital
- Developer: Sloclap
- Release Date: Aug 29, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Role-Playing, Adventure
- Players: 1 (Online Only)
- Official Website: https://absolvergame.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Absolver is an online only—yes you need PS Plus or to be connected to the net—action-adventure RPG. However, unlike other titles that are MMORPG-like in nature, Absolver is all about martial arts and some weaponry. Once you begin Absolver you’re told briefly how the controls work and how to edit your skills—more on these concepts in a moment—and then just let loose to do whatever you want. Want to explore, go for it and want to battle others you see come across your path, do it. Easily one of Absolver’s greatest strengths is letting you do whatever you want and learn as you go about it.
Now as we mentioned, Absolver is a martial arts heavy title. Initially you’re only given three forms to choose from when you make your character, and each form only has several moves associated with it. These moves are linked to your square and triangle button and you can mix and match all you like to make your own combos. That right there is the beauty of Absolver because as you learn moves—from defeating enemies or other players—you will begin to see a world of possibilities open before you. Do you start a combo with a heavy attack that throws off an opponent then chain that with multiple weaker punches or do you make a chain of heavy hits to just break guard and do massive damage? Absolver won’t hinder you from doing any of that and it really makes you feel like a martial artist in every sense of the word. Just remember that dying or running away from a fight will erase your current progression with new moves that are being learned.
Equally the combat of Absolver opens up even more once you gain access to weapons and various powers. There are several powers—gained upon defeating specific bosses—and each gives you a means of either helping yourself or hindering the enemy. While there are only a few weapons in Absolver, a smart player can change the tide of a difficult battle if they can use one or gain access to one. Add to this by having the ability to even learn new art styles from masters found in game and Absolver just has a mind blowing amount of combat customization of which we’ve never seen before in a game like this. We can only imagine here at Honey’s Anime that even more can possibly be added to the game if there are future patches or DLC.
Graphically, Absolver looks pretty good with some nice art that really shines when you’re in certain areas of the game. Character models and some of the environmental items can be a bit bland at times but it’s not a big deal and really doesn’t hinder the game in any way. While Absolver also has little music and little spoken dialogue—Absolver uses a strange fake language when a character actually speaks—it works to keep you immersed in the setting Absolver is trying to show you. Sound effects such as punching and kicks sound good and honestly work fine. Now then let us talk about some of the issues with Absolver.
As we mentioned earlier, Absolver is an online only experience. This leads to some great seamless co-op and multiplayer play but it also leads to some horrible frame rate drops and incredible lag. There were times where are screens came to an abrupt stop as other players loaded into our world. We also know it’s not our internet here at Honey’s Anime as there are reports from other players on forums that are stating the same thing is happening to them. It’s not bad enough to say Absolver is broken or doesn’t work, but during some fights, it did provide a small annoyance. We’re sure developer Sloclap can fix this though in future updates.
Our final gripe about Absolver is the same thing we’ve praised a bit, the learning curve. While it’s always fun to learn a game and not be told every specific detail—it’s what we love about Dark Souls for example—there are a lot of nuances that need to be looked up if you want to truly master Absolver. We found ourselves going to community forums and wikia pages to learn some of the more obscure details of Absolver such as the equipment stats and the overall stats themselves and what they do. This, by no means, is a big issue folks but for some it may be a deal breaker if you like a game to be explained in more depth. Absolver is not keen on telling you what to do or where to go, so be prepared to get slightly lost in your quest to master Absolver as a whole. Seriously, if you do get lost, don’t feel bad as we here at Honey’s Anime went in circles trying to find the next boss to defeat. We did mention this has a Dark Souls vibe to it, right?
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Very unique fighting mechanics
- Cool art style
- Seamless co-op or multiplayer
- Deep leveling system
- Tons of customization in your fighting skill set
- Free world to explore
- Hard but fair
- Online can be at times very lag filled
- May be a bit daunting to those who like direction in games
- Could have used a bit more of a tutorial
- Poor starting customization