Redeemer’s brutal launch trailer ain’t for the squeamish

Matt Sayer 2 August 2017

Redeemer

Blood and severed body parts are the currency of this fast-paced, top-down brawler.

It's not every day you see a monk whipping out a shotgun and blasting the head off a slavering mutant. Then again, it's not every day you come across a game like Redeemer, a top-down brawler that takes the brutal melee combat of the God of War series and uppercuts it into a sci-fi setting filled with cybernetic soldiers, gruesome monsters and an ample supply of deadly firearms. This mash-up of intimate fisticuffs and twin-stick shooting is decidedly jarring, though not in a bad way. Really, you should probably just check out the trailer for yourself below:

Weird, huh? Seeing a monk go from scissor-kicking an armoured soldier to gunning down hordes of alien creatures just doesn't seem right at first, but then you watch it again, and again, and again, and the sweet-and-sour combination starts to make sense. Switching seamlessly between melee and ranged combat should be a no-brainer in a top-down game like Redeemer, so why not go all-out and give the main character the martial prowess of a combat-trained monk?

On top of all the bloody brawling depicted in the launch trailer, Redeemer features a full-blown, story-driven single-player campaign. Again, not something that crops up all that often in the beat 'em up genre. It does sound intriguing, though, and we plan on checking it out for ourselves soon. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review in the near future.

Redeemer is available right now on PC via Steam.


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