On July 5th we were confronted with some new PS Plus titles.  One of which just happened to be the newly released Furi by The Game Bakers.

At first glance Furi looks to be a stylish fast paced hack and slash twin stick shooter.  After a bit of time with the game you quickly find out that it is much more than that.  It is equal parts punishment and reward, it is an intelligently designed boss only game that benefits a player’s thoughtful utilization of skills and harshly penalizes one’s missteps.  These attributes are not lightly introduced to the player, it is all or nothing as, even on normal difficulty, I ended up perishing 75% through the introductory battle.  The game from the very beginning gives you enough skills to allow you to successfully navigate the many encounters, from a simple sword slash to the ability to perform parries knocking your enemy off balance, you are well equipped.   Not taking advantage of openings you have created or that a particular pattern reveals can mean the difference between a shortened decisive battle and a quick end to your play time, but don’t take this as a negative, in fact this is part of what makes this game so enjoyable.  Compensation for success comes in many forms especially if you find yourself low on health, three successful well timed parries will result in a complete return of one of your health bars, proper skill usage could yield health drops or interruption of a particularly dangerous boss pattern and give you the right opening you need to finish a battle that has dragged on too long.

It’s important to know that transitioning between battles is a long process, but this has its place within the game.  The narrative relies on the long stride to your next battle and as such, you learn more about the world that has you imprisoned and the story behind the next challenge.  While it might seem like a frustrating task to slowly march your way through seeming miles of labyrinth to another fight, it manages to break up the insanity of battle and offers some fantastic storytelling.  This little bit not only allows for you to listen to the soothing melodic voice of your narrator but gives you the chance to really enjoy the scenery and the artistic styling of the game itself.  In the end it is vibrant and flashy but when all is still, it’s a masterful piece of art that is stunning to look at.

Furi might not be for everyone, it can be frustrating and infuriating at times, and to be honest I needed to put it down and walk away once or twice to return calm and collected for a win, but the reward for proper execution and the over-all experience in the end is bar-none one of the best for an indie game this year.  If you like fast, intense and strategic gameplay with flair and personality, this game will be right up your ally.  Be forewarned that if you are looking for a more casual experience, you will want to play on the easiest mode or move over to a different game altogether, Normal is still kicking my ass and I tend to go out of my way to play these games when they crop up.

If you are a PS+ subscriber you can pick this up for free this month, otherwise PC gamers can get at this action for $25.

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