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'Lords of the Fallen' presents a difficult challenge, but it's totally worth it

Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen
Bandai Namco

Lords of the Fallen, developed by CI Games, is badass. You play as a badass dude with badass weapons fighting badass enemies. It’s also frustratingly difficult -- in a good way -- and may remind gamers of a little gem called Dark Souls. While just about every enemy encounter is another challenging battle, the game is never unfair, which eases the burden of the inevitable trial-and-error and gives off a large sense of accomplishment once the seemingly insurmountable battle is won.

“It’s kind of purposefully hard,” said Community Manager at Bandai Namco Games America Joseph Kartje. “You can’t just walk through and swing everything around, you have to kinda know the enemies. When are they going to attack? How are they going to attack? You’ve got to know your weapons. If you use the big hammer you’ve got to be careful, if you’re using quick daggers you’ve got to move around really quick."

Players assume the role of Harkyn, an outcast with way too many face tattoos. In this world, people receive a tattoo on their face if they’ve committed a deadly sin... so let’s just say Harkyn isn’t exactly the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. However, the world is in peril, it’s being taken over by evil lords, and Harkyn is the only one who can stop them.

The game takes full advantage of the power of next-generation hardware when it comes to visuals. Lords of the Fallen’s dark, tight corridors and gruesome enemies are just as beautiful as they are terrifying.

Leveling and customization are a huge part of the experience. “You’ll be able to level up and get new stats and spells throughout the game,” said Kartje. “And you’ll be able to pick up new weapons, new armor, and kind of customize your guy and decide how you want to play, whether you want to be quick, whether you want to be magic focused, or whether you want heavy armor and a big two-handed weapon, that’s completely up to the player."

In the beginning of the game, users will need to choose one of three classes: Cleric, Rogue or Warrior -- all of which come with exclusive special moves that can be used if the player has sufficient action points. If you choose a class and later decide that you want to change it, no worries, you won’t need to restart the game. Classes can be switched once the player obtains new class-specific armor.

As mentioned earlier, combat is difficult, but fair. Once encountered, enemies attack patterns should, for the most part, be predictable, and it’s up to the player to figure out how they're going to use that to their advantage. Even after discovering their next moves, there are still several ways to go about slaying your foes. Also, being aware of your surroundings could prove extremely helpful, because environmental kills exist.

Lords of the Fallen is slated for an October 28 release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.