We get some hands-on time with Lab Zero’s beautiful and magical RPG
PUBLISHER 505 Games Developer Lab Zero Games Format Xbox One ETA 2019
When you mix a Metroidvania style game with a traditional Japanese RPG battle system you’re left with something rather special. At least that’s what the developers behind 2D fighting game Skull Girls discovered with their latest title.
This 2D side-scrolling RPG follows the story of Ajna, a fiery but goodnatured young girl who lives with her father on the outskirts of a remote village. After her village comes under attack from local warlords, she decides to go after them in the name of justice. She soon discovers that she possesses a special ability which allows her to absorb people into her being. These companions, called Incarnations, will join Ajna on a quest journey, and she can manifest them at will to help her in battle.
Apart for the gorgeous handdrawn art, one of the most intriguing elements of Indivisible is the combat system, which is heavily inspired by the Japanese RPGs of old. During battle the party fights together as a whole, in much the same way as a single fighting game character would, with each of the four ABXY buttons corresponding to different attacks, in this case different characters and their abilities. You’ll have up to four Incarnations joining you in battle at any given time. Each character is assigned to the button corresponding to their position. For example, the Incarnation at the top of the formation will be assigned to the Y button, and the Incarnation to the left will be assigned to the X button and so on. With 25 playable characters there will be plenty of ways in which you can customize your party.
Combat is deceptively simple, and offers various tactical options. Ajna and each of her companions have three different attacks, which can be performed by pressing their corresponding ABXY buttons on their own or combined with the up or down buttons. They also have three different super abilities, which are activated by holding the RB button and pressing the character’s corresponding button up to three times. The super abilities become available once you’ve filled up your ‘Iddie’ meter, which consists of three bars, through fighting enemies. The more combos you do the faster the Iddie meter will fill. Each bar you fill will give you a more powerful version of a character’s super ability. For example, take the Incarnation Razmi, who is the healer of the group. With one bar of the Iddie meter full she is able to heal one other Incarnation. With three bars full, she’s able to heal the whole party. Each character does something different, and it’s possible to combine their attacks by pressing different buttons simultaneously.
But it’s not all about the combat. Every good RPG has an interesting story with exotic locations for you to explore and ways to develop your character. Thankfully, the world of Indivisible doesn’t disappoint. You’ll explore steampunk Victorian cities, deserts, jungles, mountains, subterranean cities inspired by Aztecs and Mayans, and more. By collecting gems, called Ringsels, you’ll gain different abilities which will allow you to explore sections of the world.
This beautifully animated game has everything you would expect from a traditional RPG: a large cast of interesting characters, a kickass anime introduction cutscene, a wonderful world to explore, and a soundtrack by a famed Japanese composer. It’s no surprise we’re itching to play more.
“Gems will allow you to gain abilities and explore sections of the world”