I recently had the pleasure of purchasing and completing this spin-off 2d platforming adventure.
The second game in the Shovel Knight series, this gem of a game was only $10 on the PSN store. I happened to get it on a sale, and woow was I happy.
The game takes about 8hrs to complete and it nonstop fun all the way through. Ok, so that might be exaggerating a bit. It’s actually a pretty difficult game, but the controls and the mechanics are so solid that whenever you die, you don’t blame the game you immediately know it was your fault and you are very excited to continue playing and try to beat it again.
This game revolves around the edgiest of character. An ominous knight by the name of Specter Knight aka Donovan, a mysterious adventurer that is in search of a powerful amulet capable of bringing one person back to life.
Without giving too much away from the story; Specter Knight is cursed to live forever or die and rut away if he does not manage to get all the knights in the kingdom to join the Enchantress’ Order of No Quarter.
This joy ride of a game really takes the genre to a whole ‘nother level. The jump and attack mechanic is very responsive and the art style is just amazing. Truly nothing short from the first game.
Unlike the first game this one can be beat if a full day of work, but I don’t think you’d like that. Instead I suggest you take it bit by bit, like if you were playing an arcade game. This baby is meant to be savored. So do yourself the justice of savoring every boss battle (of which there are plenty).
With it’s wonderful soundtrack, compelling characters and unique story. Yacht Club Games manages to make not just another sequel but a sequel for the ages.
I give this game a 4.5/5, and that’s only because it does not feature the cool map and expansive lore and town the first Shovel Knight did, but for $10 this honestly is a bargain. A well made game deserving of a thousand praises.
Purchase Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (on Steam)
Go give it a try yourself and let me know what you though in the comments section below.
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