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Unepic

 

 

SCORE: 70

Unepic 

 

Unepic is clever in so many different ways. It starts off with a group of young men playing a dungeons and dragons kind of role playing game. One of them needs to go to the bathroom. The light goes out and he is now in a dungeon. He thinks it is just a hallucination.

From there we meet different characters and start an action adventure role playing game in a castle. We fight off hordes of monsters, and meet all kinds of different creatures. We learn the back story, and Unepic is very clever in referencing different franchises. I noticed references to different games, and science fiction television shows and movies.

The ESRB did drop the ball in terms of the descriptors in Unepic. Which should come as no surprise since we continue to pick up their slack. There are language issues, and suggestive themes. In fact some of the language is intense, and the overt sexual comments are there for cheap laughs for the worldly.

The language, sexual content, blood, and violence mean Unepic is for the older members of the family only. I would not let children play Unepic. They may come asking what certain things are. Or worse yet repeat something at an inopportune moment.

As an adult gamer I was drawn into this dark fantasy world. One of my favorite activities in Unepic is to light the candles, and torches. Not only is there symbolism there, it makes playing the game easier. Without the light, this is a dark game where ladders may be missed. Since we move from floor to floor via ladders (unless you fall through a pit) being able to see becomes important.

The hero in Unepic is pretty messed up. He lies to a variety of characters, exhibits a bad attitude, and is generally cynical. I will say he does not take himself or this fantasy world too seriously. Which has been a trend in video games for some time now.

Unepic contains plenty of items, magic spells, creatures, weapons, and armors. The mapping in Unepic reminded me of Castlevania Symphony of the Night. It is obvious Unepic is paying homage to that game. As well as beating a boss to find a key that opens a new area. There are numerous quests to complete in Unepic.

The Wii U Gamepad is fantastic for Unepic. It is so easy to hot key weapons, and healing items. I could swap between them in the heat of battle with little thought. I also liked being able to quickly swap between quests and their needed items on the Wii U Gamepad.

If you are an adult looking for a lengthy action adventure role playing game on the Wii U, then you should take a long look at Unepic. You might find yourself playing it, and thinking the first two letters need to be removed.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 60%
Sound: 65%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Wii U
Publisher: EnjoyUp Games
Developer: EnjoyUp Games
Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Violence, Blood}

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