You Haven’t Played
With Sloclap’s epic martial arts game now available to PS Plus subscribers for free through July, we take the opportunity to revisit this modern indie classic
Absolver never got its due. Developer Sloclap created a unique martial arts game, a competitive fighter cast out across a gorgeous always-online open world.
It’s here where much of the magic happens; it’s in this world where other players can be found exploring and completing missions in uneasy partnerships – or, should they so choose, fighting amongst themselves in seamless real-time combat. It’s an entirely different take on the ‘shared-world’ gaming experience that has come to define this generation of consoles.
It works so wonderfully because you never quite know what you are going to come up against. Each player is given the opportunity to pick a fighting style and then customise their move set within it, channelling their abilities and skills to do battle with a host of non-player characters and other real fighters looking for a fresh challenge. It’s the depth of the customisation that sets Absolver apart from every other fighting game; each character has four stances to choose from, and each of these stances has set moves and combos within it – though many of these can only be learned by engaging in combat with other players. The more moves that you learn the more flexible your fighter becomes, it’s a dynamic system that lets you effectively build your own martial arts mastery. Absolver is a lot of fun, running at its best with a thriving community behind it. There’s never been a better time to give it a try!