[Nintendo Switch] Fading Afternoon Review

by EdEN, Owner

Fading Afternoon from Circle Entertainment and yeo is a new story-driven dive into a particular part of Japanese culture. Learn more in our Fading Afternoon review!



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Fading Afternoon from Circle Entertainment and yeo is a new story-driven dive into a particular part of Japanese culture. I previously got a chance to review Arrest of a Stone Buddha from this publisher and indie dev combo, so I was definitely looking forward to checking out this one. You’ll be taking on the role of Seiji Maruyama, a middle-aged Yakuza member who, as the game begins, is just getting out of jail. Things are not what they used to be, with the whole organization falling to pieces. To make things worse, once Seiji is back at the hotel that will serve as his new home, he starts to cough up blood.

At first, while looking at the trailer and screens in this Fading Afternoon review, you might get a Kunio-kun or Double Dragon vibe, which makes you think this one is an action-packed game. While you’ll definitely be fighting against those foolish enough to try and stand on your path, this particular release strikes a good balance between its story segments and the fighting you’ll be doing. Why will you fight others? To boost your power as you try to find what your new role in life is after your stint in prison… however long said life might be, given your potentially fatal illness.


The game keeps things simple with a control scheme that is easy to pick up. You’ll move around each area using the left analog stick or the D-Pad and can dash if you double-tap left or right as needed. You can punch with the Y button and kick with the B button. You can use items by pressing the R button. And if you’re ever feeling stuck, you can press the L button for hints so that you can see which actions you can perform. While the control scheme is simple, there’s some depth to the combat. You can dash into nearby enemies to knock them down. Get close to an opponent to grab them, and you can hit them over and over.

Press and hold down the Y button to defend yourself from incoming attacks. Time it just right and press the B button to catch an enemy’s attack so that you can counterattack. This is very useful when an opponent is carrying a weapon since you could, for example, grab their knife, defeat them, and then use the knife to stab another enemy. And if you manage to grab someone’s gun, you can immediately use it to shoot at someone, which will instantly allow you to gain the upper hand, changing the flow of battle. You’ll get to learn all of this during your first combat sequence. Maybe mix in some spinning kicks and a tornado kick for good measure.


Fading Afternoon is a new story-driven dive into a particular part of Japanese culture. You’ll be taking on the role of Seiji Maruyama, a middle-aged Yakuza member who, as the game begins, is just getting out of jail. Things are not what they used to be, with the whole organization falling to pieces. There are multiple endings for you to reach depending on your actions and the choices you make along the way, which adds some replay value. Fading Afternoon is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This Fading Afternoon review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Circle Entertainment.

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