- System: PC
- Publisher: En Masse Entertainment
- Developer: Naddic Games
- Release Date: February 6, 2018
- Price:Free to Play
- Rating: NR
- Genre: MMORPG, RPG, Action
- Players: 1 (Online)
- Official Website: https://closers.enmasse.com/about
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
As mentioned above, Closers is an MMORPG that focuses on a traditional beat ‘em up gameplay format rather than typical MMO staples usually seen from free to play games like it. Players assume the role of a Closer, a warrior with power in various forms that allow them to fight against a strange new enemy from a different dimension that is laying waste to the world. When you start up Closers, you will first begin by choosing a class—of which there are more than several—and thus, begin your journey into battle. For our review, we choose to play as three Closers in particular Seha who uses a gunblade in combat, J who prefers using fist a cuffs, and Soma, a more recent added character, who uses tonfa-like blades. After putting a few hours into each class, we learned something quite interesting about Closers. No two characters are alike even if they all handle the same from a specific fighting perspective.
Closers is labeled as an action RPG with MMO themes and we agree with that here at Honey’s Anime, but equally, we know this is a beat ‘em up at its core. The main concept of Closers is to take your hero and fight against waves of enemies as you go from place to place on a 2D arena. Each character class might use the same key to fight with—meaning special attacks and base attacks are always on the same format—but how they handle in combat is another thing entirely. J, for example, was one of our personal favorites as he uses his fists to knock enemies around and lay some hurt on his foes. You can perform air combos and even chain skills together to create some truly devastating specials that deal high levels of damage. Seha/Soma on the flip side are fast and unrelenting with their attacks meaning they might do less damage, but equally, unleash just as much in quicker successions. Closers is one of the few beat ‘em ups ever to give players a nice range of different styles to play as and that also allows its RPG elements to shine as the player levels up and gains new skills and weapons along the way.
Another concept we loved with Closers was that it allows for a gamer to play how he or she wants. What we mean is that because Closers is an MMO, you can play with strangers or friends and take on missions—more on them in a minute—together or alone. High leveled players can even venture into a PVP arena to test their characters and how much they truly mastered their skills. We did notice that as we took on missions, they began to feel very familiar as time went by though. Even though the class you choose does initiate where they being in the story—Seha and J for example begin in South Korea’s Gangnam District while Soma starts on an island—the missions themselves never strayed from beat down this number of enemies or locate this specific enemy. We expect this with all MMOs though but just be weary that playing Closers for extended play sessions might cause repetition to set in fast.
Finally, let us talk about the visuals and sound for Closers as that is always an important aspect to an MMO that tries to be like an anime. Closers, most of the time, is simply jaw dropping with slick visuals, anime-like character models and some truly stunning impressive locations to battle on. The monsters can at times feel rehashed and the cutscenes can range from good to meh but the overall look of Closers is quite excellent for a free to play game. The music and voice acting though is just all around amazing with some truly wicked tunes that change depending on location/Closer group you’re playing as and the voice acting sounded quite good. Needless to say, get those headphones on when playing Closers for a great experience in your ears to be unleashed.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent anime inspired art with vivid colors, unique character models and beautiful visuals all around
- Wicked music that makes every battle a treat to enter
- Beat ‘em up gameplay works well and is varied depending on the character you choose
- MMO concepts allow you to play with others if you grow tired of the singular experience
- Free to play
- Some cutscenes look a bit meh
- Can get repetitive as you grind for levels and materials
- Missions tend to follow the same themes more often than not
Honey's Final Verdict:
Are you going to dive into Closers and try it for yourselves? Let us know in the comments below and tell us your experience with this amazing title. For more game reviews and anime related articles, be sure to keep stuck to our hive here at Honey’s Anime.