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By Nick Durham

Well, this is something. Lost Reavers is a free to play multiplayer game published by Bandai Namco and is exclusive to the Wii-U (at least for now). The game is currently in beta (or at least it really feels like it is) and you won’t find many other games like this on the Wii-U at all. Is that a good thing though? Well…let’s find out.

The gameplay of Lost Reavers revolves around you choosing one of four characters to play as. Each character is equipped with a melee weapon and a firearm, and the quick tutorial shows you pretty much everything you need to know. You’re tasked with clearing various rooms, wiping out zombies and other monsters, and recovering relics and bringing them back to your extraction point. Up to four people can play at once, but it really doesn’t make a difference if you have a partner or two or go solo: the game is a breeze, and a pretty boring one at that too.

The game’s environments are bland and its character models stock and stale. There’s a few puzzle-ish elements but they don’t amount to much in terms of challenge. It can become really easy to get swarmed with enemies yet there’s never really any sense of urgency. I know that sounds pretty nonsensical, but the enemy AI is literally all over the place. This is one of the reasons I say Lost Reavers still feels like it’s in beta: the twitchy AI and overall blandness just makes it feel incomplete. The control is pretty twitchy too, and more often than not pretty delayed.

The gameplay itself is just run around, shoot/hack shit, find the relic, run back to the exit. You may occasionally have to heal someone in your party, but probably not because there isn’t much here in terms of challenge. Then again, this is a free to play game, but most of those kind of games at least usually offer something in terms of addictive gameplay to keep their audience hooked and sinking money into them. That’s why fucking Candy Crush made billions of dollars after all. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about Lost Reavers getting to any levels like that though. Even if this game was on better selling consoles than the Wii-U or even on the PC, I doubt many would give it a shot.

So yeah, the fact that Lost Reavers is free to play is pretty much the only reason anyone should even consider checking it out. You’ll definitely play worse games in your life than this, but you’ll certainly play better ones too. Check it out for yourself if need be, but otherwise, don’t even bother wasting your time.

Rating: 2/5

Posted by Alan Smithee

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