After performing several times in open-world RPG, French studio Spiders has changed course and today introduces us to Steelrising, a “spirit-like” action-RPG that sets its scene in the midst of revolution in 1789 in Paris. Forget your history lesson! Here Louis XVI relies on his army of robots to suppress the popular effort. That’s fine, because you’re also a robot. In this challenging adventure, you will have to do your best not to panic. So, Steelrising, the good surprise for Elden Ring fans? It’s time to judge us.
In the world of video games, there are studios that have made their own license or genre and others that want to diversify the pleasures! This for example is the case of the studio Spiders who, despite our love of open-ended RPGs, takes us today with Steelrising. Yes, it is a role-playing game, but above all it is an action game and it is part of the Souls-like genre (understand who Dark Souls is inspired by, Elden Ring). An important change of course seems to have been well negotiated. As mentioned above, The French Revolution and the Robot Army He gathers here as Louis XVI wishes to suppress the popular effort. For your part, you play as Aegis, a friendly robot sent by Queen Marie Antoinette in hopes of resolving the situation. A mission that will guide you to spawn the history of France as well as machines that are really unrepeatable.
Tourterobot capital, solid levels and visuals
Because yes, Steelrising is “like Souls” and therefore applies the specification for that type. On the sidelines of the challenging game (which we will discuss later) the adventure takes the form of a series of Eight zones of perfectly acceptable sizeWith its share of killer robots, maze paths, shortcuts to unlock and objects to pick up. There is even a small dimension to Metroidvania in that gaining powers later in progress unlocks paths in already visited levels. Slowly but surely, you will cross Paris and its surroundings, from Montmartre to the Jardin de Luxembourg, choosing the destination from the map of the capital. Steelrising also offers side quests and secondary areas to explore. Good point, for a life spanning between 16 hours and 20 hours of play. In each area, checkpoints will gradually open to reappear after failure, as this genre requires. Havens of peace where it will be possible to improve Aegis weapons and their characteristics (health, strength, etc.) and spend “humans” to buy resources.
While visiting the capital of love, we have to say one thing. On the fringes of clearly perfect technology, the Action-RPG delivers according to the offerings of the Spiders Many beautiful environments Thanks to a really strong artistic direction. Paris is beautifully illustrated here. The cocktail between the historical attractions and the different ambiance works really well. On the other hand, yes, we feel Steelrising could have done more at this point which is a bit of a shame. The 3D textures and models weren’t the latest, and there are quite a few animation, collision, and camera issues (without affecting the gameplay). But the truth is that these shortcomings are quickly forgotten. We allow ourselves the atmosphere and game play.
Three graphics modes for the price of one:
Steelrising offers three graphics modes. The first favors resolution, the second, graphics rendering – and the third, the number of frames per second. For our part: we chose the second option, which offers fun visuals as well as a perfectly stable 30fps. To our taste, the placement of the tires cuts a little bit into the atmosphere that has nice things to offer.
Need some elbow grease? Very cool gameplay
What would a good Souls game be without a gameplay worthy of the name? At this point Steelrising puts in a lot of things to watch. Of course – as in any game of this type – you attack here with the equivalent of R1 | R2 (for light | swipe). Every hit consumes stamina And when this resource drops to zero, you can no longer throw punches and dodge. But in Steelrising, when you’re in that position, Aegis doesn’t stand still, they heat up! To regain stamina, you can either wait or inject yourself with a dose of coolant, doing some damage at the same time as well as increasing your chances of being frozen in place by ice. A choice that can be very important depending on your health, resources, and the opponent in front of you.
Steelrising – First Steps in Paris (Gameplay)
Nice ideas of this kind, Steelrising has others. Each weapon, in addition to being original (explosive block, fan opening on a spear) offers a powerful charged hit and a special ability that can be offensive or defensive (you can’t have a shield permanently). Icing on the cake, here you can wear Two sets of weapons at the same time And switch from one to the other in the blink of an eye with a simple button. It’s easy to have a complement duo in all conditions, like a blade on one side and a firearm on the other. The spiders also feature secondary movements that deal primary damage – fire, ice, and electricity – as well as variables when Aegis is in the air after jumping. Among all the weapons, offensive possibilities, and strategic choices, Steelrising battles prove to be complete and consistent. Note that choosing a class at the beginning of the game only affects your basic stats and that it is entirely possible to make your own sauce during the adventure. In short, you do what you want!
Wrinkled sheets, school design with some flaws
There is something nice about Steelrising. We feel that Team Spiders are mastering the Souls-like specs without forgetting to add their own touch. Overall, all areas are fun to move around (plus plenty of vertical thanks to jumping and clashing) and are regularly replenished with movement stages and hidden objects. Yes, we’re not in the same category as modern FromSoftware games, but that doesn’t matter. In short, it’s a classic that works well. Finally, we only regret the level design that relies too much on closed doors, enemy gestures that are sometimes not legible enough, and they are very small animals. to our taste, We wouldn’t say no to the challenge scoop and more. By carefully clearing areas and improving our character, we ended up doing short work for the “Titans”, the main bosses of the adventure. It has to be said that each weapon’s special attack move can be used at will – as long as you carry ammo – and you can also carry a lot of healing items. There is clearly some budget to be reviewed. In spite of everything, the error can always be fatal and has not spoiled our happiness on the streets of Paris. All in all, we haven’t seen fifteen hours of gameplay go by. Anyway, that says it all.
Assistance mode for a customized challenge:
In Steelrising, at any time during the adventure, you can activate the help mode in the options. Something that makes your job easier in the event of a failure with adjustable damage reduction, the ability to preserve the experience gained after failure – and even speed up the speed of recharging your stamina. Good thing that makes Steelrising accessible to everyone.
The great history of France, a welcome novel
Again, we didn’t touch on the scenario, which is a nice link between the gameplay, levels, and atmosphere. In Steelrising, you will meet great names in the history of the country (such as Lafayette or Robespierre) who will help you unlock the secret of the robot! Without performing much, the whole showGreat effort in writing And swing, with memories that will teach you as you move forward in the fate of the characters. Nothing shiny but just enough to give momentum to the adventure. Overall, the Spiders title puts everything needed to seduce Souls-like fans on the table. Come on, let’s wrap up.
Steelrising – Face a Titan (Game Mode)
- Original and fun universe
- beautiful art direction
- Steel working stages
- School of “souls” but successful
- Good game ideas
- gripping story
- help mode
- very backward technology
- Balance and difficulty review
- Collision Problems – Camera
Without ever outperforming or establishing itself as a new standard in the genre, Steelrising is a very solid Souls-like game that is sure to delight fans of Dark Souls and Elden Ring. Yes, there are pros and cons everywhere! Technology is lagging but technical trend is winning. The action stages are fun but lack the challenge at the end of the adventure. The level design of the different domains is quite academic but works well. Despite everything, we quickly let ourselves be carried away by this challenging action game, full of robots, the French Revolution, and history. If the atmosphere speaks to you and you love Elden Ring, you can go there without hesitation.
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