What I liked:
- I loved both the music and art that was present in the game and I think they both combine together really well making the gameplay stand out more.
- The boss battles in the game are absolutely stunning because you can tell straight away that each boss has had a lot of thought and effort placed into them.
- On the whole the gameplay remains fun and challenging at all times and in my opinion they got the perfect balance when it came to the difficulty.
- There is plenty of variety present in each of the game’s stages and this does keep things fresh and interesting for longer.
What I didn’t like:
- In terms of content the game doesn’t have a huge amount for you to get to grips with and it is a little on the short side.
- Whilst the bosses have tons of variety the other enemies unfortunately don’t possess the same amount of variety and that can make things become a little tedious.
- More of a story would’ve been nice because the setting really interests me and I think a story would’ve benefited the game quite a bit.
Does Shikhondo: Soul Eater do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all as far as bullet hell game’s go Shikhondo: Soul Eater isn’t a bad addition to this fantastic genre. It does however get a couple of things wrong that stop it from getting a higher score but thankfully it gets the most important aspects spot on. Without a doubt my favourite thing about this game was the bosses. Each boss has been done to perfection and fighting them is not only exciting but once you defeat them you get a great sense of achievement as well because each boss actually felt like it mattered. The gameplay that accompanies these bosses has also been done really well and everything felt smooth and responsive at all times. This then means that Shikhondo: Soul Eater does enough to get a recommendation from me because even though there isn’t tons of content and it lacks in terms of variety in certain areas it still manages to tick a lot of boxes and remains fun and challenging for the most part.
I rate Shikhondo: Soul Eater 7/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Nephilim Game Studios/Deer Farm
Publisher: Digerati Distribution
Release Date (Xbox One): August 28, 2018