It’s 120 A.D and all hell has broken loose. The Roman Army has defeated most of Britannia and now the neanderthal bunch of barbarians move north to pillage and conquer more. It’s up to you to stop the onslaught and defeat the army of the Ninth Legion. So sharpen those battle axes, done the sheep skins and prepare to slice your way through Wulverblade.
Wulverblade is a side-scrolling beat’em up set in a era of hardship and struggle. Its backdrop sets the scene well. Small villages, baron hill tops and wooded forests give a perfect playing field to slay in. All these hand drawn setting look great too. In a ‘whole chicken, smash everything in your path’ Streets of Rage type of way, Wulverblade is nothing you’ve not seen before, but it really does have a great swagger to it. Three characters temp you into battle; Caradoc, Bennus and Guinevere, each powerful fighters who have their own special strengths and abilities. Pummeling, slashing, charging and throwing stuff at the enemies is at the heart of Wulverblade. There’s a healthy array of weighty swords, knifes and other such sharp and blunt weapons to plunge into the opposition. While combat is pretty simple, it’s also spot on. Wulverblade knows how to pack a punch and is a satisfying onslaught to lose yourself in, down to its rolling action and super narrated story.
Combos fill the berserk meter which once full let you release a pack of wolves to devour the enemy. Savaging like WWE’s Hounds of Justice, these four legged sabre-toothed pack tear away the opposition with ease. It’s a short lived rest bite but does get you out of trouble.
There are eight levels to rampage through and some big boss fights to defeat. The game lets you choose how seriously you want to play with three difficult settings. Extras are however limited. You can play two-player co-op and there’s an arena mode too. Here you can fight against endless waves of increasingly challenging enemies in a bid to rack up the highest score and land yourself on the leaderboards. Sweet.
Wulverblade is something special with its looks, backdrop and excellent voice acting. Developer Fully Illustrated have delivered a simple beat’em up side-scroller that’s made with oodles of love. Prepare for a history lesson and some fine pillaging and plunging. Wulverblade is a cut above the rest.
Lizard Rating: 8/10
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