TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Dual Souls: The Last Bearer’


The thought behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that each Friday afternoon we submit the one sport that got here out this week that we expect is price giving a particular nod to. Now, earlier than anybody goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t essentially imply our Recreation of the Week decide is the very best scoring sport in a assessment, the sport with the most effective graphics, or actually every other quantifiable “finest” factor. As an alternative, it’s extra simply us selecting out the one sport out of the week’s releases that we expect is essentially the most noteworthy, shocking, attention-grabbing, or actually every other onerous to explain high quality that makes it price having if you happen to have been simply going to select up one.

These picks may be controversial, and that’s OK. In the event you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s attempt to use the feedback of those articles to have conversations about what sport is your sport of the week and why.

With out additional ado…

Twin Souls: The Final Bearer

Whereas I’m by no means a high-level participant or something, I’m an enormous fan of preventing video games and have been ever since Avenue Fighter II made its method into my life once I was about 10 years outdated again in 1991. Within the decade that adopted I turned much more obsessed each in arcades and at house, and it might be far simpler to call the preventing video games I didn’t personal relatively than those I did throughout that point. Combating video games Slot Gacor then hit a lull within the early and mid 2000s as arcades died out, however it looks like the discharge and subsequent success of Avenue Fighter four again in 2008 kicked off a resurgence within the style. These days a lot of the main gamers in preventing video games have acquired both new entries or fashionable reboots in recent times, and with sport improvement normally being extra accessible there’s additionally various indie preventing video games who’ve made their mark.

One such plucky indie fighter was known as Slashers: The Energy Battle from developer Stun Video games which launched in 2013 and was a non secular successor to a considerably obscure preventing sport known as Twin Blades that launched on the Recreation Boy Advance method again in 2001. Slashers: The Energy Battle took inspiration from a number of basic preventing sport franchises and aimed to be each deep in techniques and technique however approachable for even whole preventing sport noobs. It was iterated on and earned a devoted group of gamers over time, and even at one level adopted the Twin Blades identify from its originator. However the Slashers that we knew is now lifeless and buried to make method for its reimagined successor which matches by the identify of Twin Souls: The Final Bearer, which landed on iOS this week.

Phew, that may be a long-winded origin story however I believe it’s essential to notice that Twin Souls isn’t just a few new preventing sport popping up out of nowhere, relatively it has literal years of gameplay iteration and a group behind it and it presents maybe extra in the way in which of content material and options than I’ve ever seen provided in a cell preventing sport earlier than. Heck, it places loads of console fighters to disgrace.

I’m speaking 10 playable fighters who every really feel extremely distinctive from each other, a full Arcade mode with story endings for every character, a Combo mode that duties you with performing particular combos for every character, a SECOND Combo mode that permits you to report and share your individual combos with the world and vice versa, particular Missions to finish whereas taking part in via any of those sport modes, an unlockable Boss Battle mode, one of the vital sturdy and useful Tutorial modes I’ve ever performed, and naturally full cross-platform on-line multiplayer with the power to play ranked or pleasant matches, et up tournaments, hose non-public matches, and a lot extra. Oh yeah, and a Journey mode which helps you to mainly create your individual character and play via an enormous single-player marketing campaign and earn rewards alongside the way in which. I’m fairly certain I’m STILL leaving one thing out, however suffice to say Twin Souls has an unbelievable quantity of content material on supply.

That is all earlier than even speaking concerning the precise preventing mechanics. To attempt to be transient, they’re as marketed: Extremely deep however simple to grasp. You’ll be able to anticipate parts from video games like Avenue Fighter III, Responsible Gear, The Final Blade, and Samurai Shodown, amongst others. This can be a very tactical sport with lots of choices for play types, and the aforementioned Tutorial mode does a wonderful job getting you into the groove. Clearly these are early impressions and I nonetheless have lots to chew on by way of the gameplay, however coloration me very impressed thus far.

In fact with any touchscreen fighter controls are going to be a priority, and the digital d-pad and buttons in use right here work surprisingly properly and shouldn’t be an issue for anybody who has performed one thing just like the Avenue Fighter Champion Version or any of the outdated SNK preventing sport ports previously. A fast examine with my Xbox One controller reveals that the sport does technically help bodily controllers, however the default button arrange is WAY off and I couldn’t determine the right way to get issues arrange proper with the button customization choices. One thing I’m certain will get sorted out however personally I’m simply high quality with the digital buttons anyway.

I’m beginning to veer out of the “take a look at this Recreation of the Week” realm and extra into “that is mainly a full assessment” realm so I’ll lower myself brief right here. Let’s simply say that I really like preventing video games dearly and though I wasn’t anticipating a lot booting up Twin Souls it has sufficiently blown my thoughts to say the least. It’s additionally simply as simple for me to advocate downloading and checking it out your self as the sport is free to play with advertisements. There’s a full unlock kind deal for $10 which matches the sport’s worth on Steam, and there’s a number of ranges of in-game forex packs if you wish to quick observe your method to unlocking characters. You earn that very same forex from doing rattling close to something within the sport anyway, so it’s completely elective. Lastly there’s a personality coloration enhancing mode you possibly can unlock for $four.99 if you would like a little bit customized aptitude and wish to throw some further monies in the direction of the devs.

Rattling it. I’m nonetheless typing, aren’t I? Whether or not you’re only a passing fan of preventing video games or a hardcore high-level preventing sport participant, go take a look at Twin Souls: The Final Bearer totally free, if simply to see how rattling spectacular its quantity of content material is and the way pleasantly approachable it’s. I’m nonetheless actually fairly shocked at how this sport simply snuck up on me. If you wish to be taught extra concerning the sport or discover some opponents to sq. off in opposition to on-line, hit up the game’s official Discord channel or take a look at the thread in our forums.

Ed. Word: The screenshots above are from the Steam model of the sport.