Review Hail to the King: Deathbat
Dark and stylistic RPG game by Avenged Sevenfold
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 22 Oct 2014, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Great music, great graphic design
Combat is horrible
Hail To The King: Deathbat for Android is a RPG hack-n-slash game based on Avenged Sevenfold’s direct collaboration with Subscience studios. It’s a dark and brooding game that is perfect for the halloween season.
Hail To The King starts off with a cinematic introduction told through artistic and dark images. The story premise initially starts off very cliche, but then it gets pretty awesome. It’s the story of a king killed, and raised again to fight for good. Sounds ironic doesn’t it? He comes back with wings, and is dubbed the Deathbat.
Everything about the game’s style is very fun and spooky. I love the art design of the game. In particular, the stones and detailed carvings in the walls of the levels glow and look scary.The game also handles colors well, with these certain monoliths standing out in bright colors and grounds being more faded grays alongside bright lava.
I can’t just keep talking about what I did like about the game. It can’t really be put eloquently, because the combat in the game just sucks. There is no way around it. I tried to make do with it, but it kept failing me over, and over, and over.
Basically you tap to hit once, and you can hold down to keep swinging. You also have the magic option available but its really hard to aim (no lock on mechanics sadly), and you will never get a good opportunity to charge it up. The fighting mechanics consist of you running around, swinging, trying to avoid monsters while your sword clips them enough through a drive by. To defeat a boss, I literally just ran in circles around it chipping off its scales. It would be different if they added any sort of block mechanic, but if you get hit by a creature it stuns you and makes you take a ton of damage. In short, fighting in this game doesn’t feel like fighting.
Hail To The King: Deathbat has a classic Playstation feel to it with its graphics and simplistic but cool style and story. The music in the game is absolutely phenomenal as it changes every boss fight and the music throughout the levels is characteristically “halloweeny” and hardcore. I really wish they could have made the combat just a little bit better, and this game would be considered phenomenal in my book.