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Collapse is one of those games that feels like a bit of a gimmick at first glance. It's a hack-and-slash title based around paranormal events descending upon their hometown, leaving it with the stature of a portfolio game. However, the visuals and mechanics would suggest otherwise, looking like a valiant attempt to recreate a AAA title on an indie budget.
It's a game that seemingly emerged out of nowhere, attempting to capitalize on the success of other titles with fast, fluid combat paired with quick-time events. So will this new IP make a glorious impact? Or will it fall into the category of obscure titles that slightly miss their mark? Let's jump into the world of Collapse and see where this game stands.
Collapse is set in the near-future 2096 in Kyiv, decades after strange paranormal activity exploded within the city. Beasts have escaped and are running rampant. The whole town continues to see anomalies that make the area generally uninhabitable. That is, apart from a few power-hungry warlords and bandits that take advantage of the chaos of recent times.
Players will take the role of Rodan, a local clan lord hellbent on revenge after a malicious leader attempts to assassinate him after setting up a trap. The narrative itself has the intrigue of a cult classic, being relatively incomprehensible at first but somehow compelling. However, the more significant aspect of the game is how the combat plays out, being a hack-and-slash game.
It's entertaining enough, with swordplay, telekinesis, and quick-time events donning much of the game's enemy encounters. The first couple of hours, players might find it exciting, but the main issue lies that not much changes throughout the title's length. You'll find yourself doing the same thing repeatedly, which is synonymous with a hack-and-slash but fails to retain attention.
It's a bit of a drag gameplay-wise until the end. Still, it piques player interest with a few story revelations and well-designed, real-life Kyiv environments. Collapse is not a title that will break the genre's mold, but it's got enough to make the game worth playing at least once.
A Standard Paranormal
The easiest way to describe Collapse is probably a toned-down version of God of War with the visuals of Hellgate: London. The game does not have an AAA budget behind it because there seem to be many limitations on how players approach gameplay. It leaves them with a repeated grind until the end. Still, the narrative offers a bit of intrigue, and it is nice to see a game that attempts to take on the colossal hack-and-slash titles.
Overall, Collapse is an average paranormal-infused title with its moments, but it doesn't deliver on high expectations. There's nothing inherently wrong with gameplay; it just gets boring quickly. But why not give it a try? It's got some earmarks of being a cult classic, after all!
Round-Up - Pros & Cons
- Combat is fluid and fun for a while
- An excellent soundtrack to make gameplay more exciting
- The setting is unusual, making the game more enticing
- Combat gets boring with no diversity throughout the title
- The story can be hard to wrap your head around
- Characters aren't that compelling