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

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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!

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