Any players looking for a fun challenge in the souls-like sub-genre, look no further. Morbid: The Seven Acolytes provides a difficult adventure with a deep backstory, all inspired by Bloodborne and similar games in the genre. Not to mention, it’s also available on PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, making it easy for fans to play on several platforms.
Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a souls-like action game with RPG elements, where you play as the last Shriver: a specific fighter trained in the art of slaying Acolytes. These demonic beings have been brought to life into the world of Mornia, all encompassed in a tragic plague.
The lore of the story isn’t shy by any means. As the playthrough continues, more of the history begins to unfold, giving players the true intentions of the character. This unique storytelling process is one of the many things that sets Morbid: The Seven Acolytes apart from similar games in the sub-genre.
Named suitingly, Morbid is exactly what it seems – a morbid, dark, twisted souls-like. The combat, while simple in playing, suits the style of the game in a way that ties it all together. However, the combat is certainly not the high points of this horrorpunk game. Stamina-based combat paired beneficial weapons makes combat shallow, but certainly not easy. Throw too many blows to the enemy, and your stamina drains quickly. Using your blocking, parrying, and painfully slow dodging will ease the missions, however.
The top-down perspective and pixelated graphics bring a fresh take on the genre, while the dark and gloomy atmosphere fits perfectly into the hellish plotline. Grotesque enemies fill the world, with gross amounts of blood making the fine details ironically come to life.
Fighting each of the bosses, the Acolytes, progresses the story and unveils more of the history of how they came to be. This provides a fulfilling venture for the player, making each defeat all the more satisfying.
The combat, however, would have to be the biggest drawback. While it does get easier as the player moves on, finding more weapons and runes to make each swing all the more effective, it’s almost painfully slowgoing. This is understandable, however, and fits flawlessly into the sub-genre the game’s built to fill in.
Overall, Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a challenging yet fun game, easily worth the $24.99 pricetag. Available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, the accessibility to gamers on all platforms is a welcome point to any fan of the souls-like realm.