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Science-fiction action platformer Blackwind announced for PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC

IbizaPocholo

NeoGAFs Kent Brockman


Publisher Blowfish Studios and War Tech Fighters developer Drakkar Dev have announced Blackwind, a science-fiction action platformer with hack-and-slash combat for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC and Mac (Steam, GOG, Mac App Store). It will launch in Q4 2021.

Here is an overview of the game, via Blowfish Studios:

As a human mining colony on the planet Medusa-42 combats an invasion by fearsome aliens known as the Raknos, an unlikely pair of heroes rise to action. James Hawkins, a teen with no formal training, finds himself in a Battle Frame mecha suit. Determined to push back the Raknos, save the colony, and find his father, James—and Blackwind, the Battle Frame’s sentient AI—are thrown into a battle unlike anything Medusa-42 has seen before.

Suit up and charge into the fray, utilizing melee strikes, ranged fire, and powerful special attacks to cut through the alien insectoids. Grow Hawkins from a rookie to a seasoned warrior, upgrading the Battle Frame’s skills across three branching paths. Turn the suit into a death machine by performing energy blade slashes before dashing away from danger and launching missiles at incoming enemies, or use special powers to finish off any stragglers. Launch your trusty drone to access areas much too small for the Battle Frame’s imposing frame to reach.

Follow James’ journey across the planet, progressing through a variety of imaginative sci-fi locations. March across sand-swept deserts, scale snowy mountains, trek through dense forests, and search secret scientific research facilities across the campaign as Hawkins and the AI attempt to defeat the Raknos threat and solve the mystery behind their assault.

Go it alone or with a friend in local co-op where one player controls the Battle Frame while the other attacks using the Battle Frame’s agile drone to deal damage. Select from Easy, Medium, and Hard difficulty settings for a rewarding experience that’s action-packed and full of alien blood.
 

IbizaPocholo

NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

CheeseCake

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This actually looks good but the ost sounds really mediocre.
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IbizaPocholo

NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

Blackwind doesn’t feel like it’s as fleshed out as it should be. Some of its ideas could be interesting in better, more focused and balanced games, but in the way they come together here, my main feeling was frustration, and for a game as lighthearted and colorful as this, that’s a dizzying disappointment.

What it does right is vastly outweighed by the laundry list of issues small and large that contribute to its overarching feeling of a lack of balance and a dearth of silver linings. There may have been a strong vision for what Blackwind could have been at one point, but it didn’t show up in the final product.
 
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