PlayStation has just released a new video looking at some of Shadow of the Beast’s gameplay mechanics. The video is just under six minutes long and shows off a small amount of exploration, puzzle solving, environment and platforming, but the main emphasis here is on combat. You’ll be able to use standard attacks to take care of most enemies, but when things get a little more hectic (and they will) you may need to draw on some other elements of your arsenal. You’ll be able to master multiple different attacks, which when combined will have devastating (and most importantly: fatal) results on your enemies. However, the main point the developers try to drive home throughout the video is the importance of blocking. Not only will blocking save your life and multiplier, but it will also open up a whole new array of attack options, such as counters and parries.
There’s also a huge emphasis on your score multiplier, which you increase by stringing together attacks. If you manage to fill your ‘blood bar’, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll be able to unleash a special ability which will allow you to one hit kill your enemies. However, special abilities should be used sparingly because you won’t be able to build up your score as quickly while they’re triggered. You might be wondering why the score is important, well you’ll be able to spend your points in the game’s store to purchase new and more powerful attacks. This means you’ll only want to use your special abilities when your life absolutely depends on it, or if you’re trying to impress your friends.
As for the game itself, it will hit the PS Store on May 17th. The video is down below and as always: enjoy.