ASH OF GODS: REDEMPTION (PREVIEW)
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on February 14, 2018
** Note that this is an early preview so anything from game mechanics to characters can be changed in the full game. **
Last week I received an email with the question if I wanted to check out an upcoming game called Ash of Gods: Redemption by independent developer AurumDust. The message stated that you can make any decision you want in this game; you could even go so far as to kill the main character. The story will find a way to progress. So, as you can probably imagine, I was very curious to know how this all works out and although I'm not one to kill a main character, I'm certainly going to try it, just out of curiosity.
The game starts off in the middle of a war-torn battlefield. A group of special forces enters the fray with a set of fighting skills that even Braveheart's Mel Gibson would be jealous of. The special forces seem to be called the Curros and you are in it. A big calamity called the reaping is eventually prevented, because of the self-sacrifice of every one of the Curros. Well, everyone except a guy called Hopper Rouley, one of the protagonists of this game. Hopper fails to get killed saving the world from the Reaping. But now, seven hundred years later, it seems that the reaping is back again and you hope to learn the time and place of its impending arrival, so you can prevent it and maybe even die honorably in the process.
Later on, I met the second protagonist of Ash of Gods: Redemption, Thorn Brenin. He and his daughter are visiting the market, because they are looking for a gift for his wife. In this game, choices will be very important. Even selecting a birthday gift for someone can have a big influence on the rest of the story. It's also important to take into account what an answer or decision does to someone's loyalty towards you.
Another big part of the game consists of fighting battles. These battles will be turn based, but the developers added a tactical element to spice up things. All characters have a health and an energy bar. Keep a close eye on both these bars. Sometimes an enemy has a lot of health (the left bar), but only a little bit of energy. While fighting these enemies, it is possible to focus your attacks on either health or energy. In this case, it is wise to first strip him off this remaining energy because when you do that, attacking him will cause double damage.
During battles, it is always a good thing to have multiple characters to choose from when you form your party. As you progress through the game, there will be more and more characters available to add to your party. Also, you will collect cards which you can use to build a battle deck. Both elements can really make a huge difference between winning or losing a battle, so choose wisely.
Ash of Gods: Redemption offers two modes to play; Classic Mode and Story Mode. For my first play through (this early preview offered me about 90 minutes of game play), I played in classic mode. You can enjoy the story and perform battles. For my second play through, I chose story mode. This mode offers you the possibility to enjoy the story without performing the battles yourself. But if you ever feel like doing the battle yourself, you can easily disable the auto fight function, which reverts the game to Classic Mode.
I really like the art style and graphics of Ash of Gods: Redemption, it's similar to the 80s and 90s cartoons. The background music completes the whole medieval setting. And I love the loading image by the way: two skeletons walking across your screen, it looks hilarious!
In case you're wondering, I didn't get the chance to kill the main character during this preview build. This is probably due to the fact that this build offers you a limited time in-game of 90 minutes. But I don't think it's going to be offered as a simple choice like: "Will you kill yourself now?" I think it's more a consequence of your actions. The first play through, I chose the more moral and friendly options. The second play through, I went with the more confronting answers. And the funny thing was that my daughter became mad at me, because she thought I was surly. While one of my battle mates became more loyal because I made the hard choices.
Ash of Gods: Redemption is an awesome game, created in a great cartoon style. It offers you a combination of RPG, deck building and tailored stories. With the two different modes you van enjoy the story with our without the battles. I love it and I can't wait to continue my story!
ASH OF GODS: REDEMPTION (PREVIEW)