Can we all agree that samurai are the coolest warriors ever? Cautious and calculated strokes of the blade, a calm and cold manner, stopping at no end to finish the job. Now a computer science samurai, well, it’s just another level of swagger, and it’s a cyber samurai that you’ll control across Edo era Japan. Welcome Blind Fate: Edo No Yami.
Out today on Xbox, PlayStation and PC, and similar to the recently released cult classic Ghostrunner, Blind Fate: Edo No Yami sees our protagonist Yami waking up from terrible trauma, with a lack of body parts and the need for cybernetic replacements. The Shogunate clan rules over Japan and as such will do everything in their power to restore Yami, their steadfast super soldier. And now, as a super soldier, you must ensure the protection of the Shogunate, albeit using only your senses, given a certain lack of eyes.
You see, while this could easily be dismissed as just another hack and slash title, Blind Fate is what it says on the tin. You are blind and as such can form a simulation of the world around you by relying on visual, auditory and thermal stimuli, using your lightning-fast abilities to dispose of a range of Japanese beasts mechanized, like in Horizon: Zero Dawn. Switching between sensors is key to getting a wider picture of your surroundings, ensuring you know where your enemies are at all times.
And such simulations are beautiful, to say the least. The locations you chop and dice are semi-realistic neon-soaked landscapes with a ton of color popping against your blade swooshes. Where the visuals really come alive is in the finishers that can be performed on your enemies; cinematic abilities that really emphasize the devastating power at Yami’s fingertips.
- — A world of data and lies The Mask of the Oni creates a simulation of the world around you, but be careful: old data will only show you misleading echoes of the past.
- — Swords sing unseen Even blind, you are unstoppable. Use different sensors to detect your enemies and identify their weak spots, then smash them at lightning speed.
- — Robotic Folk Tales of Japan Discover the story of dozens of robotic versions of Japanese folk creatures! Find their weaknesses and destroy each with a devastating finisher!
- — Long Lost Mechanical Knowledge Your sensors pierce the curtain of the past. Use sound, smell, and heat to explore the world, uncover centuries of lore, and guide Yami on his vengeful, story-driven journey.
Blind Fate: Edo No Yami is perfect for fans of all things samurai and Japanese, as well as those looking for fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping combat. It can now be purchased on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One through the Xbox Store for £16.74. Alternatively, a PlayStation and PC version has already arrived, with the game set to debut on Switch later this month.
Description of the game:
It’s a dark, machine-filled new Edo period, and the shogunate rules Japan with its fair but ruthless hand: you. You follow orders. You obey. You kill. Until your sight was taken from you and you had to learn to “feel” the world again…