If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, you are probably pissed off at the fact that Ubisoft are not releasing your favorite game this year, and we don’t even know where and when the next installment will be set. The fact that there is an Assassin’s Creed movie coming out in December does little to comfort us. But, don’t despair. There is another game just like it, or maybe even better, by a totally different developer.
It’s called Aragami and from what we’ve seen so far, it will be a thing of beauty. The character you will play, like the game, is called Aragami and we have learned that he is an “undead” Assassin. The story starts when you, i mean, Aragami, are somehow brought back to life by a young girl named Yamiko, in order to help her escape from a mysterious fortress called Kyuryu, which is located on a mountain top. By freeing this girl, you will gradually find out details about Aragami’s life, his first life that is, before he died and was brought back to earth.
Your enemies are a clan of warriors by the name of Kaiho, who have the power to control light. So, Aragami’s strategy is to engage in missions during nighttime, when they will be the weakest. Your task won’t be easy at all, as the ruthless warriors are skillful and will use all sorts of traps, immortal sword techniques and supernatural light powers, trying to stop you from reaching your goal.
Unlike the Assassin’s Creed games, you won’t be able to fight them all and leave a carpet of dead bodies in your wake, as Aragami is not very skilled in hand to hand combat. He is more like a ninja, relying primarily on stealth to accomplish his missions. Also different from the Assassin’s Creed games, you will have no guns at your disposal and absolutely no one to help you achieve what you set out to do.
As the developers say, you can choose to be one of two types of assassin, Demon or Ghost, each type using and relying different skills. The Demon type is a player who loves to kill every single enemy in their path before achieving the mission’s goal, while the Ghost is the type of player who prefers to remain undetected and work his way through the shadows in order to finish the level. No matter what type of character you choose to be, you will gain new abilities as the game progresses, which will help you in your endeavors and make facilitate you in finishing you missions with success. While Aragami might not have any traditional weapons besides his sword, he does have some awesome otherworldly magic powers like the ability to place shadows he will walk on to remain undetected, stunning an enemy by throwing some kind of shadow thing at him or even summon a shadow dragon that will devour his foes.
The graphics are also beautiful from what we’ve seen so far and the game’s developers have faithfully reproduced the old Japanese tradition. They promise to reveal some more in game footage as we get closer to the release date.
Aragami will be available to play on PC and PS4 sometime in September, and we can’t wait to play it.