Earth is all but dead. The survival of the human race rests upon the shoulders of a reckless teenager whose every decision will have a lasting impact on the galaxy. Suit up for interplanetary adventure with Avril in Batora: Lost Haven, a game I thought I grasped at first blush before realizing there’s a whole lot more to it.
Batora: Lost Haven isn’t just a story-driven action RPG. By combining the elements of hack-and-slash gameplay with — get this — a twin-stick shooter, Stormind Games promises to deliver something as frenetic and kinetic as it is narratively and aesthetically intriguing. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself; the game has only just been announced. But the premise seems sweet.
What grabs me most of all is the need to balance not just Avril’s physical fortitude but her mental health as well. If either meter drops too much, the day will not be won. And, I mean, I get it. I remember being 16. I don’t remember saving the world at 16, but just climbing out of bed every day wasn’t far off.
We’ll have full coverage of Avril’s cosmic journey in Batora: Lost Haven as further news arrives. In the meantime, feel free to add the game to your Steam wishlist, which is like pre-pre-ordering, right?