On the subject of promoting a brand new preventing recreation collection, it actually helps to have that particular one thing to assist it stand out. When your recreation title doesn’t embrace the phrases ‘Road Fighter’, ‘BlazBlue’, ‘Tekken’ or ‘Mortal Kombat’, the success of your violent creation can usually relaxation on that distinctive USP. Sadly, the distinction between a singular promoting level and a gaudy gimmick can generally be arduous to differentiate, which is presumably why a recreation like Combat of Gods by some means made it into the world.
You would possibly keep in mind this as the sport that the Malaysian authorities successfully tried to dam in 2017 on the grounds that its depiction of non secular deities was one thing of a mockery to its multicultural folks. So, after all, it was inundated with constructive opinions on Steam, which is presumably why we’re sat right here in 2019 with a port on Nintendo Swap. The top result’s a 2D preventing recreation with iffy controls, low-res graphics and a roster that’s both going to trigger offence or make you chortle at its sheer stupidity. Or perhaps each.
Combat of Gods doesn’t simply allow you to battle as a few of historical past’s most notable gods and goddesses (akin to Odin, Athena and Anubis – amongst others), but in addition some figures from different extra enduring poly/monotheistic religions. It’s a recreation that permits you to battle as Jesus (sure, that Jesus), full with the remnants of his cross strapped to his wrists, a belt of thorns and such strikes because the ‘Punishment Fist’. It’s a recreation that permits you to throw down with Buddha, Moses, Guan Gong (a Chinese language deity primarily based on a common from the Three Kingdoms period), Amaterasu (the Japanese goddess of the solar, not the wolf from Okami) and extra.
It’s successfully the crossover to beat all crossovers. Who cares about Batman preventing Sub-Zero when you possibly can watch Zeus electrifying Santa to dying? That is proper – even Jolly Previous Saint Nick will get a slot on this roster. So sure, it’s very foolish and never attempting to take itself too critically, however the questionable alternative of fighters may need been just a little simpler to abdomen had the core mechanics beneath them been tight, sturdy and rewarding. Sadly, Combat of Gods performs as dangerous as its sub-par, mobile-level graphics look.
Regardless of a handful of decently designed character fashions, the mechanics themselves merely don’t maintain up. Inputs are gradual and liable to lag even in single-player/native play, and transition animations between frames by no means ever really feel pure. Character fashions are sluggish to maneuver, and profitable a match is much less about stringing collectively coherent combos than it’s about merely mashing the buttons on the Pleasure-Con and hoping for the most effective. Even pulling off every fighter’s distinctive particular transfer feels pointless, as most are straightforward to dam or keep away from. There’s so little nuance on show right here it’s just like the builders behind Combat of Gods had heard of preventing video games however had by no means really performed one as a body of reference.
Developer Digital Crafter took the time to offer Sif, the Norse Goddess of Fertility, breast physics that imbue her chest with a lot unworldly kinetic motion even the forged of Useless or Alive would doubtless need to cowl their modesty in disgrace, but it did not construct any sense of fluidity into its fight mannequin. Even the smallest and lithest of characters transfer and leap as if the framerate has simply plummeted, making each match an train in glacial motion. In some methods it’s a blessing there’s no assist for on-line play, as a result of nobody would go away a winner.
Aesthetically, Combat of Gods doesn’t do a lot better. The audio design is atrocious, with every little thing from the fundamental and forgettable soundtrack to the voice-over (which was presumably recorded inside a dustbin with a microphone manufactured from moist tissue) failing to encourage. Even skipping by way of pre-fight intros will nonetheless see the audio proceed to play because the battle itself begins. And as for the announcer – a key part to a preventing recreation – sounds prefer it was fairly actually phoned in. If something, it’s consistent with the sport’s doggedly constant lack of high quality.
The identical might be mentioned of the visuals. A few of these aforementioned character fashions are properly modelled – and no, we’re not together with Jesus and his holy six pack – however the graphics themselves are a downright mess. Persistently pixelated and liable to slow-down, Combat of Gods appears like one thing from the GameCube period that by some means managed to sneak onto a contemporary console with seemingly no modern enhancements.
Anyone, someplace, thought we wanted a solution to the query of ‘May Santa take Jesus in a battle?’. We didn’t, and we nonetheless don’t. With such a wealth of preventing video games on Nintendo Swap – and with a port of Mortal Kombat 11 on the horizon – an inexpensive and poorly executed instance akin to this merely would not make the lower. Even with out its questionable alternative of characters, you’re a lot better off spending your cash on one of many many different 2D fighters accessible on Swap.