[PlayStation 4] Demon Skin Review

by EdEN, Owner

Dark fantasy hack’n’slash Demon Skin from ESDigital Games and Ludus Future is ready for you on PlayStation 4. Learn more in our Demon Skin review!

In dark fantasy hack’n’slash Demon Skin from ESDigital Games and Ludus Future, you’ll be taking on an adventure that, at times, certainly feels like a game inspired by God of War, if God of War was presented as a 2.5D action game. Darkness has engulfed the land and is threatening to end humanity. It’s up to the Order of the Wanderers and their superhuman members – channeling divine powers – to put an end to it all before it’s too late.

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One member of the Order of the Wanderers happens upon a dark ritual being performed to restore an ancient artifact. He jumps into action and tries to put a stop to it, but something weird happens. While trying to break off the ceremony, the dark energy from the artifact flows through his body… turning him into a demon! As you can probably imagine, the Order of the Wanderers is not pleased, and neither are you, so off you go on a new adventure to try and find a way to fix things so that you can return to your former self while also defeating hordes of demons.

You’ll control your character with the left analog stick, jumping with the Circle button and attacking with the Triangle, Square, Triangle, and X buttons, depending on if you want to perform an upper, middle, or lower stance attack. For combat, you need to be aware of there being three different stances for your character and for enemies. This makes fights feel a bit like rock-paper-scissors since you’ll need to pay attention to each opponent’s stance so that you can find the right window of opportunity to strike. Since attacks, blocks, and dodges will be tied to your stamina, that and the stances mean that you can’t just button-mash your way to victory.

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Speaking of which, you can roll with the R1 button to try and avoid attacks. The right analog stick will be used for blocking, and you’ll need to move it up, right, or down, depending on if you want to block a high, middle, or low attack. If you’re hurt, you can use a potion to heal your wounds, which is used by pressing in on the right analog stick. The L1 button can be pressed to move backward without turning your back to your opponent. The L2 button will be for interacting. You can use this to collect weapons to attack your opponents. You can switch between weapons by pressing left on the D-Pad. Pressing right on the D-Pad will change which potion you can use.

As you defeat enemies and bosses, you’ll earn experience points. If you defeat an enemy with a finishing move, you’ll get 10% extra experience points. After obtaining enough, you’ll level up, which will grant you Skill Points that can be used at the skilltree to unlock new skills and improve those that you’ve already gained access to. You can boost your hit points, increase your stamina and attack power, as well as unlock more combos that will allow you to unleash a world of hurt on your opponents.

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Trophy-wise, the game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list includes 25 Bronze trophies, 12 Silver trophies, and 3 Gold trophies. To get the Platinum, you’ll have to complete objectives such as starting to play through each area, defeating each of the bosses in Demon Skin, finishing off an enemy with the sword, hammer, and axe in each of the three stances, falling into lava, spikes, water, and a trap, being defeated by a fan, from acid, gas, or fire, collecting each crystal, and unleashing a super strike with each weapon and its elemental variants, to name some examples.

Demon Skin is a dark fantasy hack’n’slash on PlayStation 4 in which you’ll have to do whatever it takes to destroy the many demons on your path as you try to find a way to recover and return to your former self. It’s a 2.5D action game in which you’ll be grabbing any weapon that you can find to attack enemies as you change stances to block their attacks and to make your attacks land, gaining experience points to level up in order to boost your attack power, overall health, and total stamina. While the journey is very linear, it’s still an entertaining experience. Demon Skin is out on PlayStation 4 with a $9.99 asking price.

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This Demon Skin review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by ESDigital Games.

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