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Extinction

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Extinction
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Didn't anyone learn from Troll and I's mistakes?
Genre(s): Hack-and-Slash, Action
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
Release: April 10, 2018
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Developer(s): Iron Galaxy
Publisher(s): Maximum Games

Extinction is an indie third-person hack-and-slash game developed by Iron Galaxy and published by Maximum Games for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One on April 10, 2018.

Why It's Extinct

  1. The game is literally a ripoff of Shadow of the Colossus and Attack on Titan.
  2. The game costs US$60 at launch!
  3. The camera keeps shaking a lot as it is struggling to focus on the main character when the action gets intense, which can make players nauseous.
  4. All the giants in the game look exactly the same and have almost the exact same weaknesses too.
  5. Clunky movement mechanics
  6. Dull colours that make the game look cartoonish and boring.
  7. The fighting mechanics are very unyielding and unsatisfying, as there is no real motive behind why your character should kill the giants.
  8. Lazy story that is very similar to Attack on Titan.
  9. False advertising: The game's pre-launch trailer shows off lush flora and nice-looking cutscenes but these were absent in the main game.
  10. The giants are extremely overpowered, being able to kill the main character with just one hit!
  11. The game gets repetitive extremely quickly.
  12. In the event that you die, you'll respawn all the way back to the starting point of the mission and have to run all the way back to where you last died!
  13. The red icons warning you of imminent giant attacks are really small and easily overlooked, causing you to die as a result.
  14. If all the buildings in one level get destroyed by the giants, it is an instant game over.
  15. A really small combo list consisting of just 3 combos
  16. The smaller enemies have really dumb AI and are therefore easy to kill.
  17. Your starting weapon, a sword, is extremely underpowered, being able to only drain small amounts of the enemies' health.
  18. The rescue missions are extremely inconsistent: Sometimes, you can activate the rescue towers with few enemies nearby, other times it'd be considered as "too dangerous" to activate them even though there are only a few enemies nearby!
  19. To account for WIS #18, some of the rescue missions can be easily completed in just 2 minutes!
  20. Unfair difficulty spikes, thanks to a broken procedural generation mechanic.
  21. Despite having procedural generation, all the cities in all the levels look very similar in design.
  22. Poorly-drawn 2D cutscenes
  23. The ending, which uses stop-motion, looks out of place in the game.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Decent voice acting
  2. There are some thrills in using the grappling hook to swing around buildings.

Reception

The game gave a mixed or average review, but negative reception for user score.

Angry Joe Friends, Delrith on Rapid Fire reviews gave a 3/10 and ranked number 7 of "Top 10 worst games of 2018".

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