By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on April 10, 2018
From time immemorial, the world has been at war. For generations, humans have fought one another for land and riches while our true enemies have lurked in the distance: throngs of ravenous monsters standing 150 feet tall that aim to destroy our kind. Only those trained in the ways of the ancient order stand a chance at defeating these monstrosities, known colloquially as "ogres." You are one of the world's last defenders, a warrior named Avil equipped with the skill, speed and strength to oppose the endless wave of Ravenii and prevent a fate worse than death: Extinction.
Now, I don't know about you, but when a game boasts this kind of story, I personally think it's kinda hard to not want to play it, isn't it? So, let's sharpen our swords and cut down some towering bad dudes!
Right from the start, Extinction looks really cool. The overall cartoony feel of the game serves its purpose perfectly! The environments are colorful and the humongous enemies threatening the World come across as truly lumbering nightmares. As we start our quest, we meet Avil, one of the last warriors capable of defeating these titans and saving the World from the Ravenii threat.
During the introduction, we learn that in this world, much like our own, mankind has waged war on itself for years, leading to a divided population. We learn a bit about the back-story of our main hero Avil and his partner in war, a woman named Xandra. Avil and Xandra met while both being imprisoned in a labor camp and join forces. After they somehow manage to escape, the team up to overcome a much bigger threat than mankind alone could ever pose: an invasion of 150 foot ogre-like creatures called Ravenii. Avil does all the fighting, while Xandra serves as his backup and places giant crystals across the war-torn lands. With these Crystals, Avil can create magical portals with which he can teleport civilians out of harms way.
In our First mission, it immediately becomes clear these invaders have no mercy for mankind and slaughter them without remorse. It is your job to stop this invasion and "convince" the ogre faction to leave the World of humans alone once and for all. So, how does one go about this? Well, have you heard the expression: "If you cut off the head of the snake, the body will die"? Now imagine that snake being made up out of hordes of bloodthirsty ogres and having multiple 150-foot tall, heavily armored heads...
Luckily, Avil possesses a few traits that make him perfect for the job he is given. For one, he is fast; fast enough to outrun any enemy and slice through them with his Sharp blade. Secondly, he can run Up the side of buildings and tall enemies, enabling him to race through the environment in any way he likes. Thirdly, Avil can make use of his whip to hook onto branches and other protruding objects and fling himself halfway across the battlefield, making for a much quicker way to traverse the battlefield than just running would. Lastly, by rescuing humans and defeating smaller enemies, known as Jackals, Avil gathers what is known as Rune Energy. This Rune energy serves a very important goal; you will need this energy to defeat the Ravenii as they show up.
You can use Your Rune Energy to perform a Rune Strike; a powerful attack that destroys armor and severs giant limbs. With this attack, and only with this attack, is it possible to bring down a Ravenii long enough to kill it. And how do we kill it, I hear you ask? We will go all Red Queen on its ass and chop off its head, that's how! To do so, we must first destroy its armor and sever a number of limbs before the giant will stay down long enough for us to climb to the top and remove its head.
And of course, as you might suspect, the Ravenii armor will increase in strength as the game progresses. Wood armor only needs one successful strike, whereas iron or gold armor requires you to hit a specific weak-point in said armor. Sometimes you'll even need to get the Ravenii to destroy its own armor by annoying it long enough until it strikes at you. If you manage to get out of the way quickly enough, it will not hit you, but destroy its own armor instead.
This brings me to the less successful bits of Extinction. As the gameplay is basically hack 'n slash, you'd expect a huge amount of freedom. Now, I'm not saying that you don't have this freedom, especially with all the running and jumping about, but it's kind of hard to keep track of all the action because of a sometimes dodgy camera. During normal gameplay, this isn't really an issue, but when fighting a towering Ravenii, the camera sometimes impairs you in your attacks. The aiming of your Rune Strike is a pretty critical issue throughout the game and this is not helped by a camera that doesn't work with you all the time.
All in all, Extinction is a really cool game that, sadly, contains a number of minor issues. However, these issues are nothing some patching couldn't fix so, personally, I'm not that worried about them. It could mean that you will have to start over a couple of times, but that's the extent of the damage. I recognize that Extinction isn't a game for everyone but, nevertheless, I personally think it's fun to play! So, if you like fast-paced running, jumping and swordfighting-action, then Extinction might just be right up your alley!