Let It Die
Developer Grasshopper Manufacture Publisher Gungho Online Entertainment Format PS4 Release 2016
We’re using an iron pipe and trying to stove in the head of a health-giving frog while wearing nothing but a pair of grubby underpants. It’s certainly an unusual situation, but given it has arisen from the mind of Killer7 and No More Heroes creator Suda51, perhaps not an entirely surprising one. His first flirtation with free-to-play is a delirious Roguelike that channels Dark Souls’ brutality and control scheme, but not its majesty. There’s a familiar rhythm of locking on, blocking and strafing, but hacking away at enemies feels lightweight. After each death, you’ll start again as a new character in nothing but your skivvies – though some items will remain yours, not least those you’ve ponied up real cash for – and there’s an intriguing Souls- flavoured twist on Forza’s Drivatars, in which fallen players’ stats generate tough enemies in your world.