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REVIEW: The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia

The Textorcist
Title The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia
Developer MorbidWare
Writer Headup Video games
Launch Date February 14th, 2019
Style(s) Motion, Bullet-Hell Shooter, Indie
Platform PC
Age Score Unrated
Official Web site

As its identify implies, The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia is a recreation about typing and exorcising demons. Make no mistake although, this isn’t a set of elementary typing workouts or a easy Typing of the Lifeless clone. It’s a bullet hell shooter that includes dodging enemy hearth with the arrow keys whereas making an attempt to sort numerous biblical passages and Latin exorcisms on the similar time. I took a take a look at this fascinating combination of concepts about one month again when solely the beta model was out there. Now that the sport has seen a full launch, can I say that it lived as much as my preliminary impressions?

The narrative of The Textorcist is centered round Ray Bibbia, a disgruntled former exorcist now working freelance in Italy. Having left the Vatican as a result of “artistic variations,” Ray will get concerned with the Holy Church as soon as once more after studying about some unusual demonic incidents that seemingly relate again to it. Alongside the best way, he discovers that these occurrences prolong means larger inside the church than he initially suspected. Issues find yourself getting private and Ray makes it his mission to uncover the reality and put a cease to the unholy deeds of the Holy Church.

The Textorcist | The Vatican

Each the story and the setting are noteworthy for a number of causes. I discussed briefly that this recreation takes place in Italy, however it’s not filled with picturesque vineyards or individuals driving on gondolas. What’s introduced as an alternative is a considerably dystopian model of Italy set in 199X. The Holy Church is seen as a controlling authority and they’re not revered. You’ll be able to decide up on this instantly should you take a look at the varied graffiti unfold all through every location. Of the varied places that Ray visits, “Naples” is by far the strangest. Whereas named after an actual location in Italy, the model of Naples that you simply go to in The Textorcist is modeled extra after a rural city in Japan, full with a scene of Ray consuming pizza utilizing a pair of chopsticks. With its eclectic set of influences, I used to be fairly thrilled with recreation’s setting. I’m an enormous fan of the futuristic but nostalgic environment and issues that I didn’t assume would pair properly collectively truly did.

The Textorcist | Naples

My opinions of the narrative are sadly not as constructive. Whereas the story had an honest sufficient premise, I used to be not overly thrilled with the way it was executed. From enjoying the demo and observing Ray’s disagreeable but comedic angle, I had excessive hopes stepping into. To my dismay, I discovered the complete story to be a bit scattered and uninteresting. Ray’s secretary Magda is launched close to the onset of the sport, however there isn’t a ton of banter between her and Ray regardless of the chance being there. There are a number of different characters launched all through the sport, however Ray doesn’t work together with all of them that a lot they usually aren’t given a lot display time.

Moreover, the story as an entire appears to be given a again seat in favor of the core gameplay: the fights. You primarily go from one battle to the subsequent with perhaps 5 minutes of dialogue thrown in between. Including to that, with the primary emphasis being positioned on the fights themselves, there isn’t a lot room to convey the story. The degrees themselves that exist in between the fights are typically small and linear. An instance of one among these little intermissions is a stage by which Ray searches for clues in a suspicious convent. Whereas these cutaways are good, they’re by no means expanded on in any significant element. By the top of the sport, it felt as if not a lot had truly transpired apart from a string of loosely associated boss fights. The story that’s there isn’t dangerous by any means, however I might’ve appreciated extra of it. I feel extra narrative between fights would’ve made every really feel extra essential and helped to flesh issues out a bit extra.

The Textorcist | The Convent

With nearly all of the sport’s focus being on gameplay, how does it fare? My reply to that may be a bit combined, however my ideas are usually constructive. At its core, The Textorcist is a really competent bullet hell shooter. The bullet patterns in every struggle are intricate and no two fights are fairly the identical. Along with the traditional goal of dodging these bullets, you’re additionally tasked with typing the textual content that seems on-screen, usually within the type of English or Latin exorcisms. Relying on the boss, these phrases generally tend to vary on a whim as properly, making every struggle troublesome in its personal distinctive method. That leads into some extent the place my emotions begin turning into much less constructive: the problem is usually a bit staggering.

The Textorcist | Seitan Beasts Singer

Moving into, gamers ought to anticipate immediately that that is going to be a troublesome recreation to beat. In any case, your objective is to sort with each palms whereas additionally utilizing your proper hand to maneuver round and dodge bullets. The truth that roughly 75 % of the phrases are in Latin (typically upside-down or out of order) additionally provides to the problem. This stuff make the sport very difficult, however they’re certainly good for what the builders have been making an attempt to go for. What doesn’t work as properly are the penalties related to typing a mistaken letter. Somewhat than merely not registering the wrong letter that you simply’ve typed, the sport truly takes away the earlier letter, making you sort it once more as nicely. This may be very problematic when it’s worthwhile to sort issues as quick as attainable. Making minor errors whereas typing in English is one factor, however making them whereas typing in Latin is one other beast totally. I discovered the later ranges so difficult that I legitimately began utilizing keyboard macros to document and subsequently sort the exorcisms for me. Even this proved troublesome because the phrases might change on me with out warning. I truthfully don’t understand how somebody might breeze by means of this recreation with out utilizing my macro technique, although some reviewers on Steam declare to have confirmed me incorrect. Fairly frankly, I fairly doubt their claims.

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One huge plus is the soundtrack. As the sport proudly boasts, the music was offered by GosT, a synthwave artist who I’ve truly had the pleasure of seeing in individual. His work with this soundtrack shines simply as brightly as his different work. The pleasing combination of metallic guitar riffs and uptempo digital beats lends itself properly to each the fast-paced gameplay and the sport’s darkish environment. In fact, the music performed throughout boss fights is the place most of this shines by way of, however even the ambient tracks that play outdoors of them match fairly properly and sound nice. General, I discovered the sound design to be prime notch.

Visually talking, I may also report that I used to be very impressed. The builders selected to go together with a pixel artwork fashion and all the sprites look very detailed (particularly the bosses). There are all kinds of colours utilized and (as soon as once more) the bullet patterns for every battle are all very intricate and nicely designed. There are a handful of cutscene pictures thrown in as properly, which remind me of one thing I’d see in an older DOS title. These weren’t used all that always, however I actually loved seeing them once they did pop up. Very similar to the sound design, the visuals are additionally deserving of an A+.

The Textorcist | Demon

General, I discovered The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia to be a little bit of a combined bag. On one hand, the primary focus of the sport was on the boss fights and people have been dealt with exceptionally nicely. Whereas the problem will definitely appear formidable to some individuals (myself included), I can’t fault the sport or the builders for making it arduous as nails. In any case, that’s actually the purpose of such a title. Then again, I discovered the opposite huge piece of the sport, the story, to be considerably missing and deserving of extra content material. On the danger of assuming an excessive amount of, I feel that the boss fights have been doubtless created first and the story was added as an afterthought. Some gamers might not care about this as a lot, however I used to be barely dissatisfied nonetheless. Utilizing a heavy dosage of macros to crawl by means of the later boss fights, I used to be capable of clear the sport in round 15 hours. I’ve seen individuals on Steam claiming that the sport took them just a few hours to finish, however I see no means that these claims maintain water. Even with macros, there are ten boss fights and all however a couple of require quite a lot of trial and error to beat. As a result of the story was missing, I can’t give this recreation an ideal rating. What I can say although is that it’s definitely value your consideration in case you’re a masochist or simply actually take pleasure in fascinating shooters. With its common worth on Steam set at simply $14.99, The Textorcist is definitely value choosing up and making an attempt for your self.

A evaluate copy was offered by the writer.

About Nick Benefield

A mainframe software program developer from the Midwest, Nick discovered oprainfall whereas looking for details about Xenoblade Chronicles. Nick collects video games throughout a myriad of various platforms (previous and new). He is additionally enthusiastic about old-school anime spanning from the early 80s via the late 90s.

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