Rated 3 out of
Retro Action RPG
From the Abyss doesn't do anything to revolution the genre of action RPGs. In fact, From the Abyss is more of a tribute to games like Shining Souls on the GBA or the old Gauntlet games. It's a simple little action RPG where you largely kill everything that comes into sight by pressing on the attack button. The only thing to really change things up in this game is the ability to capture a monster's soul to gain new abilities.
On the downside, the game does suffer from some balance issues. The game is way to generous with SP gain allowing you to spam special attacks with almost no risk. This is especially true in later levels where many enemy will give you full sp recovery items. The game also suffers a bit in terms of stat placement since the game doesn't make the purpose of your various stats very clear. And, on top of that the final boss battle is disappointingly easy.
Graphically the game goes with an old-school look. The dungeons are comprised of rather simple tile structures with your character and the enemies being comprised of 2D sprites. The animations on the sprites are decent, but the game suffers from a lack of enemy variety. The game is probably comprised of about 10 enemies if you don't include palette swaps and bosses.
Outside of the dungeons the game is comprised of a few areas you can visit on the world map, but those places are comprised of character portraits and painted backgrounds. They look decent enough, but they don't convey emotions all that well.
The sound track while fitting isn't anything amazing. The game also lacks any voice work with a few monsters making a grunt here and there if you hit them correctly.
From the Abyss doesn't have much to offer in this area. After you beat the game you can continue to enter the various dungeons to grind out levels and earn items, but the only major difference is that the enemies have increased stats and a few drop new items.
Lasting Appeal: 2
Date published: 2012-11-27