Songbringer – First 30 Minutes of Gameplay and Impressions | PS4

Songbringer is an action RPG inspired by the original Zelda with real time combat, a wide range of weapons and a ton of hidden secrets. World maps are generated from a 6-letter world seed, which determines the layout of the overworld and dungeons.

Players guide Roq, a space-faring planetary surveyor who wakes up shirtless on a strange planet. With the help of robot companion Jib, it’s Roq’s job to piece together what’s happened and save the universe from the evil, ancient army he’s accidentally awoken…

…by stealing their Nanosword.

Only by exploring the harsh world of Ekzera, mastering the dungeons and defeating its fearsome bosses will Roq unlock the secrets of his power and return the galaxy to peace. Along the way he will uncover powerful artifacts and forge them anew, and use the Nanosword to crush galactic giants.

I had the pleasure of playing Songbringer and it’s a very nostalgic game. It really does conjure up memories of playing Zelda back on the NES days, except with better graphics and faster gameplay. There is a lot of exploration involved in Songbringer much like Zelda with many secrets to uncover. There really isn’t a set path for you to follow, instead you’re free to wander around the land as you please and explore at your own will. Just make sure the first thing you do is pick up the Nanosword.

The combat in the game is pretty good, though towards the end of my 30 minute run, I came across some really difficult enemies that I pretty much could not beat. The game can be punishing in that respect but luckly you get unlimited lives, unless you choose the option to play where there is pera-death. I don’t really suggest it.

Aside from the combat and art style, the soundtrack in the game also quite good. It’s hard to describe, but it’s very synthetic and hypnotic. It adds quite a bit to the game and without it, the game just wouldn’t feel the same or be quite as good.

Overall though based on 30 minutes of play, Songbringer is very good and worth a look if you’re a fan of old-school style exploration RPG’s with solid gameplay and a kicking soundtrack.

Review code provided to us by the publisher/developer.

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