By Jef "JeffAlpha" P. on December 18, 2017
Oh boy, this was a tough time. I've been super busy lately, which is the reason this review is long overdue. Between working multiple jobs, my GF and I moving to a new place, hitting the gym relentlessly and maintaining a social life, my PS4 felt somewhat neglected. Also, I'm running for city council member in the elections on march 21st, so look me up (VVD Amsterdam).
Luckily Kaia studios has come up with a game that is not very demanding, and I mean that in a good way. Dynasty Feud is a fast frantic fun-with-friends platform fighter (try saying that ten times fast). At first glance it looks like a cartoony 2D Super Smash Bros, but don't be fooled, the games mechanics are quite different. This was a nice change of pace since the little gaming time I had was spent playing Diablo III and NFS: Payback.
Don't you just love it when a title tells you everything about a game? Dynasty Feud is about... "drumroll please"... feuding dynasties. Rather than playing as a single character you play a dynasty of five. Each Dynasty has a certain theme like pirates or cowboys etcetera, etcetera. In turn, each character has character-specific attacks. So far the game has 8 Dynasties to choose from which makes for 40 individual characters. There is also an option to create and customize your very own dynasty. The goal is to pick a team and do battle against up to 3 other players in either online or local game modes. The online mode features both ranked and unranked gameplay. Unfortunately I didn't get any online action so far.
Like I mentioned, Dynasty Feud is not very demanding. Each character only has a few attacks which are pretty self-explanatory like a ranged or melee. There's one button to jump and one to do a dash like evasive move. Some characters can charge up super attacks by killing foes. Having a short moves list is crucial because, although there is a training mode, the actual battles don't give you the time or space to fool around. Characters die, and they die quick. One hit is enough to send someone to the afterlife. When a character dies, another clan member takes its place. If you have more than one character left you get to pick your next warrior. When all 5 characters get clipped, knifed or blown up you take a L, simple as that.
I love indie games because they give creators such artistic freedom. Doing a 4 player 2D platform fighter is a great idea, and who doesn't want to see Vikings go toe-to-toe with pirates and other funny looking characters. I personally don't care for the cartoony look the developer chose for this game but I kinda suspect other people do. Don't get me wrong, the game doesn't look bad; it's just not my cup of tea. The pixelated levels look kinda retro cool though.
Dynasty Feud is an easy-to-pick-up game and easy to download for that matter. I believe the whole game is little over 700MB big so it's up and running in no time. What I loved most about the game is the option to play the local mode with up to 4 players. There are not nearly enough games out there that support this feature, which is a damn shame. The game looks colorful, feels balanced and I'm curious how it will develop in the future.
May 23, 2017