Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:13

REVIEW: City Of Brass (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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Gamers who played the 2015 Submerged will know of Uppercut Games, they haven’t made a lot of games. Both City of Brass and Submerged are the only console games so far, the others are on IOS, Android and PC.

City of Brass has been on Steam's early access since late 2017, giving Uppercut Games enough time to tweak their game, and from all my time playing I couldn’t believe how great it was, better than most AAA titles.

City of Brass is a first person single player game. You’ll play as a thief armed with nothing but a whip and sword at first. The choice of buying different weapons and upgrades becomes possible as you progress further. The theme of the game is Arabian. You’ll see loads of sand and stone walls with a touch of gold.

Playing is just a matter of running around killing enemies & collecting loot, but you must be careful as there are traps lying around. If you have enough cash, you can disable them which is sort of good however, when traps are active, you can take out enemies with them. Along with loot which is mostly golden statues or vases, there are treasure chests to loot. Some you just pick up others you open, it's the ones you open you need to watch out for. They’ll either open and you can take the money or, once opened they release a purple substance which affects you negatively for a short period of time.

REVIEW: City Of Brass

Before starting the game, you’re asked if you want to do the tutorial and while it’s not necessarily needed, I did it and it explains everything involved in a short time it helped me once I started the actual game.

In game, your trusty whip has many uses, you can whip enemies to stun them, you can whip them to bring them closer or you can whip fire pits to have them explode killing most enemies, and like Tim Shaw says, BUT THERE'S STILL MORE!!! You can be lazy and whip loot to pick it up instead of walking up to it and picking it up.

There are other weapons you can pick up like bombs & lanterns and when thrown, both will blow up. In most levels, you’ll just kill random enemies but you’ll eventually get to the boss fights, and those bosses need to be defeated to progress to the next level. The first one had me a little stumped, but I finally figured the way to defeat them thanks to YouTube the rest were fairly easy to work out.

REVIEW: City Of Brass

On the PC, you can use MODS and for some Xbox One games they’re present, City of Brass doesn’t have MODS as such, but something like them. The good/helpers are called divine blessings, whilst the bad/increased difficulty ones are called burdens. There are 8 for each. The blessings can increase health and damage amongst other handy things to make the game easier and well.... the burdens are the opposite. Burdens can cause enemies to respawn or deal double damage to you. Playing with burdens or blessing won’t disable achievements or trophies, but it can disable some leaderboards. To use these, you’ll need to unlock the burdens by completing their objective, one example is killing a certain amount of enemies, once unlocked they are yours forever.

And how could I forget... if you die it's back to the start you go. However, there is a way to skip forward with the use of portals.

The main menu has something worth checking out, it's called the journal. It's much like the games Glossary where you can see anything from the traps, enemies’ locations and gear. As you encounter these things in the game, you’ll be able to check them in the journal.

Controls are easy to use and if they don’t suit you, you can change them. My only dislike about the game was the right stick response. It’s the stick that lets you look around and when it's not responsive and you have enemies around you, it gets rather annoying.

REVIEW: City Of Brass

City of Brass has support for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, though it’s no surprise that the Xbox One X has the highest resolution. The down low of resolutions across all consoles is PS4, Xbox One/S and PS4 Pro all run 1080p, while the Xbox One X is 4K and is the only version to get HDR support. I can’t comment on the PC side of things, but I can imagine PC to either equal the Xbox One X or be better. The HUD allows you to keep track of health as it's important to know if your low, same goes for the waypoint. If you aren’t going in the right direction, it’s like beating a dead horse with a stick. Also there is the money you have accumulated along with weapons and perks you have brought.

Uppercut Games are an Independent studio in Australia. They published and developed City of Brass and did the best job anyone who ever plays this could ask for. It’s a game that was fun and different each time playing. The visuals shine on Xbox One X in 4K with HDR.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Release Date: May 4, 2018
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Age Rating: E10+
  • Developer: Uppercut Games Pty Ltd
  • Publisher: Uppercut Games Pty Ltd
  • Genre: Action, Adventure