The Vagrant, developed and published by O.T.K. Games and originally launched on Steam in 2017, is now available for consoles under the name Sword of the Vagrant. Known for creating classics like Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Dragon’s Crown, developer Vanillaware is a major influence on this game. The fantastic hand-drawn art style, the animation, and the hm… let’s call it “occasionally gratuitous” character designs are all blatantly influenced by classic Japanese anime. Let’s dig deep into Sword Of The Vagrant Review.
Sword of the Vagrant is a 2D hack-and-slash adventure with some light Metroidvania-style exploration features. You play as Vivian, a young sellsword heading to the island of Mythrilla to find her lost father. Her ship conveniently crashes on the shores of Mythrilla after she encounters the enigmatic owl guy.
The evil witch demands that Vivian acquire magic artifacts or she will destroy Vivian instantaneously once she and the young local woman return to the devastated village where Vivian had previously helped. The witch sends her student Camden on the trip to keep an eye on our hero and make sure he doesn’t try to run away.
The premise of The Vagrant is intriguing, but there is so much exposition between the characters that it is easy to lose track of what is actually being discussed. Nonetheless, Camden’s development as a character over the course of the journey and his friendship with Vivian are standouts, with their shared moments humanizing Vivian and breaking through the ice she typically maintains.
As the game begins, Vivian has a limited set of abilities that might make the early going frustrating. Combat is initially slow and uninteresting, but picks up speed and depth as you progress through the game’s skill tree and discover new moves and things in the overworld. This forward momentum is short-lived, however, as Vivian’s combination repertoire eventually narrows down to just a select few moves.
Thankfully, this isn’t a problem for the vast majority of the game, as the overworld rarely presents a challenge and most bosses have a save point just before their arena, with the exception of the final boss, whose long, tedious structure and lack of checkpointing easily added an hour to our nine-hour playthrough.
What Is The Plot Of Sword Of The Vagrant?
Discover the truth about your family’s ancestry as well as the deepest, darkest secret it harbors by venturing into the enchanting hand-painted fantasy world of Mythrilia. In this action role-playing game, you take on the role of Vivian the Vagrant, a wandering sellsword who is trying to find her family by following in the footsteps of her absent father’s study.
From a sleepy fishing village on the coast, make your way through eerie woodlands, abandoned castles, and bloody battlefields by hacking and slashing your way through the landscape. When the seemingly never-ending horde of foes has finally been vanquished, our hero may be left wondering what consolation there is left for him.
The Vagrant is a 2D role-playing game that focuses on action. As Vivian, you will take part in an action-packed and taxing journey that is centered on a combat gameplay system that makes use of combo chains, charge attacks, and special talents. All the while, you will work to improve your character’s build by acquiring new abilities and pieces of equipment. You can either take it easy when you play or strive to become a fighting expert. Let’s dig deep into Sword Of The Vagrant Review.
Sword Of The Vagrant Review
As was noted before, the visual style looks fantastic, and the game works well while played in portable mode. However, when docked, the gameplay has a tendency to get a little bit choppy. During the course of the adventure, we also came across a few bugs, the most common of which caused Vivian to slide across the screen while she was frozen in a crouch animation.
We also came across a soft lock toward the end of the game in which the character would not stop walking directly into a wall. In no way are these issues severe, and one would certainly hope that they can be rectified, but they have become increasingly irritating over time. In spite of these problems, Sword of the Vagrant managed to keep our attention, and if you’re a fan of rough-and-ready hack-and-slashing, it’s still worth looking into if you have even a passing interest in the game. The asking price is relatively low, too.
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