In 2015, cell developer Grumpyface Studios launched Steven Universe: Attack the Light, an exquisite turn-based role-playing sport that channels Paper Mario. For its console debut, Steven Universe: Save the Gentle, the studio delves even deeper into Nintendo territory.
Choosing up the place the cell sport left off (although you don’t should have performed the primary sport to benefit from the second), Save the Gentle opens with Steven Universe’s new good friend, the prism-powered Gentle Steven, captured by a nefarious new foe named Hessonite. Not eager on his buddies being kidnapped and anxious over the brand new enemy’s evil intentions, Steven and buddies embark on a quest to avoid wasting the sunshine, and possibly the world as properly.
Earlier than entering into my impressions, be aware that I’m conscious of stories of the sport glitching, freezing and in any other case bugging out. Polygon’s reviewer seemed to have a particularly bad experience. Cartoon Community Video games even issued an announcement addressing points with the sport.
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All of that mentioned, I’m between 4 and 5 hours in and have but to expertise a single glitch, crash or freeze. Possibly it’s as a result of I’m taking part in on a PS4 Professional, possibly I’m made from magic. I’ve the most recent model of the sport put in, and it’s working nice. Simply remember that others are reporting points that I’ve but to come across. Shifting on!
Free of the shackles of contact display controls, Save the Gentle expands and improves on its cell predecessor in each means. The turn-based battles are more difficult, requiring a good quantity of teamwork between the seven new and returning characters.
New characters deliver some cool new battle mechanics. The now-playable Steven (within the first sport he was extra of cheerleader) and his dad, Greg Universe, can operate as bards throughout battle, taking part in songs that heal buddies, injury foes and velocity up the movement of battle. My go-to occasion in the mean time options Greg taking part in a therapeutic or injury riff, Garnet utilizing her taunt potential to maintain the enemies off the others, Pearl on damage-dealing obligation and Steven strumming his ukulele to buff Pearl’s assault.
Right here’s how that performs out. Make sure to watch with the quantity turned up, to catch the way in which the battle music transforms when Greg and Steven play their tunes. It’s one of many sport’s cooler little particulars.
One other new approach utilized in battles is the connection meter. By utilizing particular abilities in battle, gamers can construct up the friendship meter between any two characters in fight. As soon as full, new mixed skills are unlocked, from Crystal Gem fusions to musical duets.
The mixed types are particularly cool, every having its personal distinctive skills and results. Within the clip beneath, Garnet and Amethyst fuse into Sardonyx, whose particular Attempt Your Luck! potential launches a sport present type wheel spin.
I’m a number of hours into the sport now, and my occasion has a big variety of skills at its disposal, all of them helpful. Even Steven’s very first potential, a working defend bash, is helpful for knocking enemies off the perimeters of battlefields, killing them immediately.
Outdoors of battle, exploration has be considerably modified. As an alternative of tapping to maneuver, now the occasion jumps throughout platforms, rolls via tunnels to secret areas and makes use of their distinctive particular skills to unravel puzzles and uncover hidden treasures.My favourite puzzles contain Greg Universe whipping out his guitar and taking part in alongside to prompts carved into dungeon surroundings to uncover hidden chests and different secrets and techniques. He makes his son so proud.
Whereas it’s obtained the Paper Mario feel and appear, Save the Gentle doesn’t fairly have its attraction. Apart from the odd cutscene, there’s not lots of speaking with the Crystal Gems and buddies as they discover sprawling dungeons. The enemies repeat rather a lot, and so they don’t have a lot character to them. Apart from Steve. Steve is fairly nice.
In any other case it is a very spectacular console debut for Grumpyface Studios, and a joyful deal with for followers of Rebecca Sugar’s well-liked animated sequence. It’s obtained drama, friendship, good-natured enjoyable and a balding rocker in a tricked-out panel van. It feels rather a lot like Paper Mario, however that’s a reasonably good thing to really feel like.