None of Suda51's games have ever been known for their intense polish or marketability. Not that that's a bad thing. Killer Is Dead, Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadows of the Damned and others of their ilk aren't the best games you've ever played, but they're quirky and memorable. So in a way, it's a compliment when I say that his upcoming game, Let It Die (opens in new tab), looks a little … rough.
I dunno about you, but the free-to-play action game gives me a Hunger Games + Resident Evil + Dark Souls + Mad Max vibe. You play as an unnamed character in a grimey, corroded dystopia, forced to fight others like yourself and monsters to stay alive. Your armor is raggedy and made from repurposed materials, and when you die, you enter another player's world. It's a bunch of familiar elements, rearranged in a new way.
Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I love Suda51's distinct weirdness, but there's no denying this trailer is a rough cut. It's short, doesn't really give a sense of what you do, the pacing is off, the music is so-so, and there's no rise and fall of drama. But then, who care about that if the game ends up being fun to play? I guess we'll find out together if Let It Die is worth remembering when it launches on PS4 later this year.
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