Morbid: the Seven Acolytes Review
Welcome gamers to a new review from your favorite Beast gamer Kuma. Let’s get the hard truth out the way. Yes, this is a souls-like game, but with a slight difference when it comes to combat and survival. I will admit that this genre is not my favorite, but Morbid: The Seven Acolytes was pretty enjoyable for what it was. First, off the protagonist, you play as the last Striver of Diborm. It is now your task to take on the horrific seven Acolytes which have a heavy yoke of terror across the kingdom. This is the beginning of your journey.
Your Journey begins:
Some dark journey just begins with you waking up and your task is pretty simple. Things are going bump in this bleak area and you need to kill everything. Being that this is an isometric souls style game. You get a better lay of the land and what might be in your direction. The bad thing is the story is not present much until you start unraveling the story as you with either tutorial on the floor which is helpful. But the more enemies you defeat you start to unlock some of the puzzles here. It runs heavy with a Lovecraftian setting. There will be civilians around the map that will give you side quests to help you level through.
These people are suffering because of the Acolytes each with their own personal hell. The best part about this is dying is not the worst in the world. This is one of those games that help you get better as you experience each situation or enemy. There are a few sub-bosses, but the land is littered with many enemies that run in different levels of difficulty. Luckily you can check your in-game encyclopedia of each enemy you defeat to learn something. But once you die you still hold on to your progress, unlike other titles where you have to get back to the point where you died without dying and collect souls or other things. Morbid eliminates that stress, but the enemies do respawn.
The best part is there is a pattern that you can memorize and you can sneak up on enemies for one kill for some. The areas have some hidden passages to get to chest and bodies that might have items to help you along. Also, you need to keep in mind your health, stamina, and sanity meter. That’s right, Morbid: The Seven Acolytes has a sanity meter on the side in purple.
There are a few ways that you can lose your sanity. One is from an item that grants you an attack boost but slowly takes away your sanity. The other is from plants and enemies that can project an insanity wave or tentacles. Sadly some enemies have a ridiculous range with their insanity wave so try to run away as far as you can.
When it comes to your weaponry you have a melee and a distance weapon. Your ranged weapon can be either a rifle, shotgun and or beam weapon. For your melee, you will have a choice of swords, staffs, or gloves. Each one can be enhanced with runes. Some melee weapons work faster and hit harder, but you will have two menu options just in case you want to switch to a different loadout build.
The next thing to help you on your journey are the totems that work as checkpoints. So if you die you will zap to that last totem you use. You can upgrade yourself with the stats you earned after defeating a certain amount of enemies. Your brain meter will fill up and once it reaches its max you gain a skill point. Go to your blessings and upgrades the ones you have equipped. To regain ammo and hearts for healing as well as full health you can meditate on the totem. The downside of this is that the enemies you killed will respawn.
As a personal smart tactic, I used this method to grind a bit, so by the time I went to each boss I was to OP and ended the matches pretty quickly. However, these enemies do not give up so easily. They will run you down knowing that you have a stamina meter. So if even you do flee they will be hot on your tails, so I suggest fighting smart and never head-on. There is a slight NPC enemies disadvantage where angles and side attacks work best. You also can utilize your parry that you have to time right. It is not a block so don’t hold the button because she lowers her guard automatically after it is pressed. So think of it like this. You hit the enemy and dodge roll out the way. Gain some stamina and repeat these actions until they are dead. They have a delayed reaction for when you come in and attack. Use that to your advantage and you should be golden. This can be the same for the boss fights as well, even though you are in an enclosed area, you just have to fight smart and use all the tools you can.
For a low-resolution title, it is visually stunning and sells the creep factor on a high scale. When I streamed Morbid: The Seven Acolytes my viewers were enjoying the creepy music and enemy designs. Even if some looked like a 2nd grader’s nightmare, seeing any of these creatures coming after you full force with their monster sound effects can give you chills. When it comes to the main bosses each having their own style that you will have to figure out gives you the opportunity to learn and grow. The items you have are like a double edge sword and you will need to use them wisely.
At the end of the day, I walked softly through each level not knowing what might pop out and who might be an enemy. That was a great experience for something that looked like it came out for the Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo.
It is the combat for me at times. To elaborate, the combat can delay or rather lag at times especially when you need to dodge roll out of the way. The rune remover is the worst item to pick up because it has the wrong title. It should be called Rune destroyer as it not only removes the runes but totally eliminates them. Why not have the device remove runes and place them back in my item box? Too annoying.
Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a nice change of pace when it comes to a souls style experience. It is the right amount of difficulty that will have you realize your mistakes and jump right back in without too much of a punishment. As I said you can easily grind by fighting monsters over and over again before you finally get into a boss fight.
In that being said this beast gives Morbid: The Seven Acolytes 4 Paws out of 5. This is definitely a BUY rating game and a damn good indy title to add to your collection. It is available now on Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. – Beast Out –