Monday, 20 August 2018 15:36

REVIEW: City Of The Shroud: Chapter 1 (PC)

Written by Kevin Lal
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Abyssal Arts was founded by Keaton White formerly part of Capcom, Ryan Becker and Moira Katson, a new game development team working on their debut title City of the Shroud.

The game begins with an animated text intro scene, confronted by guards requesting to see papers to enter their city. You are a mysterious character making your way into the city of Iskendrun to work, but they are suspicious of a farmer entering a city so, entry comes at the cost of a bribe. Once inside the city you are faced with chaos as a portal has appeared bringing with it dangerous monsters and creatures, though a mysterious Hat Merchant has a way for you to get by.

The gameplay relies on Action Points (AP) that you gain in real time along with a combo wheel at your disposal. Bringing this up and swiping to certain moves or bringing some together can cause game changing moves and combos. The controls are primarily mouse and are easy to navigate.

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The graphics are reminiscent of XIII but with a top down board game style twist. The animated scenes are very well drawn and produced making it fit together nicely.

All choices and decisions made affect the whole game of City of the Shroud and the players themselves. This is the first chapter in the series and all these decisions affect the story for the next chapter released. The ideas behind its future sounds very promising and an interesting take on the future gaming. There are five factions and these are all altered and evolved by the choices you make and the other players in the world also.

In all, City of the Shroud is an interesting looking game, bringing some unusual but new mechanics to the gaming genre. It has a very in depth story, which is well written and feels like it could grown and continue in line with the changes in future chapters.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Abyssal Arts Ltd.
  • Publisher: Abyssal Arts Ltd.
  • Genre: Strategy, Role-Playing, Indie