Indie Game

Pyre…My first cross-genre crush

Since its release in July 2017, Pyre has been a massive success and received critical acclaim from all of the major review platforms. Being the 3rd game to come from Supergiant Games, the fans expectations were high, and rightly so, both Bastian and Transistor have been huge successes and been a driving force in bringing indie games to the console platform. Pyre was no exception. Set in a rich high fantasy world, Pyre sets a new bar when it comes to cross genres as it combines fantasy RPG with sports, sports! The mash up of hefty RPG storylines with sports like gameplay brings back fond memories of playing blitzball in Final Fantasy 10.

As a member of ‘Triumvirate’ The Nightwings, you play as ‘the reader”, whose purpose is to guide your team to compete in rites in order to gain each of your companions liberation and freedom from the ‘Downside’ so that they may return to the fantasy homeland of ‘The Commonwealth’. The game introduces a variety of characters that have been as beautifully and lovingly crafted as the game itself. The villains as particularly brutal, making kicking their arse in the rites all that more satisfying.

When given the opportunity to liberate my first companion I felt both excited by the idea that I was freeing a soul from the dammed downside , but also heartache in the fact that I was losing a character that, despite the short play time, I had become somewhat attached too. My first choice was the demon Jodariel, a giant horned warrior. Now, when you consider the fact that she had the biggest aura when conducting a rite, as well as her unique techniques, this was tactically probably the worst choice that I could have made. But I didn’t care about that, she had been in the downside the longest, despite her tough exterior the game made me see through that to the character that longed to be free. Now when a game successfully influences a tactical decision with emotion, you know then, that you are well and truly hooked.

Visually the game is nothing short of beautiful. Your surroundings in the ‘Downside’ change and shift as you continue on your journey, with each area being as rich in fantasy as the next, making you want to continue on your journey all that much more.

I don’t want to spoil the game so if you haven’t already and want to check out Pyre, it is available on PS4, PC and Mac for around £15. Well worth it considering its limitless play time. This flawless cross genre gem is well and truly my first cross genre crush, I feel only a hardcore-dating-casual-racing-city building simulator could maybe top it.  

JB

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