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Published on May 14, 2010
From indie developer ACE Team comes the first person brawler, Zeno Clash. This Ultimate Edition for Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360 is published by Atlus.
As Ghat, you have killed your Father-Mother and are run out of the city with your companion Deadra by your brothers and sisters. The game unfolds both as you escape your siblings, the Corwids of the Free and a mercenary hunter, and during the events that lead up to death of Father-Mother. This split narrative is compelling, and definitely kept my interest. Players should expect to be confused for some time, but the story has a satisfying conclusion.
Zeno Clash's world, Zenozoik, feels fully realized, and much larger than the game conveys, as if Zeno Clash is but one story in this universe. It's refreshing that the game does not talk down to the player and treats the player as an intelligent person.
For the most part, Zeno Clash plays like a first person brawler with some first person shooting elements as well, and occasionally shakes things up throughout its roughly four hour story mode. The fighting mechanics take some getting used to, but their simplicity is accessible for newcomers and as the game opens up, the mechanics show some interesting depth.
This game is a wonderfully unique experience. It's well designed, and the creative world is unlike any other. The Ultimate Edition includes a few different challenge modes, including co-op, where players can test their combat skills. Zeno Clash is also available on PC, including Steam, and comes highly recommended.