Unto the End
Flip the traditional 2D platformer script and go right to left
Everything – in Western culture, at any rate – always goes from left to right. You are reading this going left to right, loading bars go from left to right, and 2D platformers expect you to cross the screen from left to right. Except for Unto The End that is, because here you’re heading right to left and it makes sense thematically. You play as a father who is trying to get back to his family, so instead of the usual ‘going forward’ notion of questing that features in most stories, this dad on a mission is heading back to where he started, which is on the left of the screen. It’s a nice way of changing things up, and does force you to think a little more when you first pick the game up. You might not even be aware of just how used to going from left to right you’d become – Unto The End will show you.
On the journey back to your family you’ll traverse a number of areas, each filled with foes that you have to conquer. The snowy mountain top, for example, is inhabited by strange, furry ape-like creatures, and at first they aren’t sure if you are a friend or foe, taking a moment to scout you out if you do not have your weapon drawn, before deciding whether you need to be taken down.
When you do fight, a combat system strangely similar to For Honor’s kicks in. If your opponent positions their weapon high, you want to attack low, and vice versa. You can block blows by positioning yourself in the same stance as your opponent. More complex moves, such as rolls and jumping off scenery, can give you an edge, but with every foe requiring only three hits to go down, countering is usually the best option. The beautiful art style, deep combat systems and challenging enemies make this an absolute joy to play. Just how long killing three-hit wonders will remain fun is yet to be seen, but Unto The End has the potential to be something really special.
At first, Unto The End looks like a traditional cute 2D adventure game – but things get very violent and bloody very quickly. Format Switch, PS4, XO, PC Developer 2 Ton Studios Publisher Digital Uppercut Productions ETA 2018
You are on a quest to return to your family, who are also the ones you practise sword fighting with. At least you know they can handle things till you return…