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Review: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4

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Precipice of Darkness is the fourth and final installment in the adventures of Gabe and Tycho, after attempting to destroy the world as we know it in 1,2 and 3. The fourth chapter takes us to under-hell, where Gabe, Tycho and their “friends” are tasked to destroy the last realm in the afterlife.

The game has not change much since the third installment, On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4, is designed as a classic Japanese RPG with turn based battles and lots of text. The world designed is pretty interesting even in its 8 bit render, things still seem gross when intended.

The battle system is classic turn based with a twist, when getting close to an enemy you are phased into battle state and a bar above the screen shows who will be hitting next. The person who hits first would be the fastest. Each battle starts you with zero MP and the enemy at the power of 100%, at the end of every turn you’ll receive MP and the enemy will get more and more powerful the longer you take. In certain encounters, there are conditions to winning the fight, one would be that each turn you get you’ll receive damage or you’re 10 times more powerful than your enemy. Some plays on the notion that these conditions are a pain and you automatically win.

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In PoD 4 you don’t fight as the characters, you use something called a Monstorb that stores monsters you have collected as you progress of the game. each one you collect has some unique skills and strengths, there skills titles are pretty funny at times too. Your characters of the story are trainers which gives monsters certain abilities as a buff or extra skills. This leads to you grouping and analyzing characters strengths to the monsters abilities so they may complement each other, which can get complicated if you wish the perfect group of fighters.

The story is pretty straightforward and relies on you playing at least the third episode in  the game to understand fully of what’s happening around you. Character interaction is pretty funny and the writing is well done but nothing you’ll find any deep meaning in the game. I’m kinda of sad that nothing much changed from the third episode to the fourth. However if you wish to know how everything ends. its a good play, music is fun and characters are witty.

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