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"Zeno Clash sticks with you long after you play it, and that's a compliment many games aspire to have associated with them." - IGN.com
"most battles give you a bit of a rush and are enjoyable to play, particularly the unique boss battles" - Destructoid.com
Zeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game is played from a first person perspective and the combat is generally up close and brutal.
Experience a deep storyline set in a fantastic world. Play the role of Ghat, a man banished by his own brothers and forced to begin a desperate journey past the forbidden desert and to the end of the world.
Nominated in 'Excellence in Visual Art' at the Independent Games Festival, the original visuals, which make full use of the Source engine features, breathe new air in the fantasy game genre. The new close combat mechanics are also a deviation from traditional action in the first-person genre that will feel fresh for new and veteran players.
Engaging melee combat in first person
The new melee combat system allows players to perform a variety of movements like deflect & elude combos, knockback finisher punches and punishing grab attacks. Learn new attacks as the game progresses and confronts you with more formidable foes.
Fantastic visuals powered by the Source engine
Players will be immersed in a fantastic world, beautiful and disturbing at the same time. The unprecedented art style brings a fresh new approach to the first person genre. The surreal environments and characters will keep players wanting to discover more.
Survival mode challenges
Jump right into the action in engaging unlockable "tower challenges". The player must overcome enemy waves to progress through the tower levels. The game will rate the player in different categories like speed and performance. A leaderboards system will rank you against your friends, so the challenge never ends.
Players will play the role of Ghat; the son of a impressive hermaphrodite creature called Father-Mother, whose children form the most powerful clan in the city of Halstedom. Ghat must escape from his family and start an incredible journey with his female companion Deadra, who will aid him in the dangerous lands of Zenozoik.
The game features an unusual arsenal of eccentric weapons that are built from scraps and junk. Hammers and clubs will be the most effective when fighting heavy characters that can only be brought down with extreme force.
The Zeno Clash Model Pack for Garry's Mod
The pack includes 70 models with the characters and creatures to be used with the popular Source engine mod Garry's Mod. "This is a great addition to the existing library of assets and we really hope the fans will enjoy the content and start developing their own Zeno Clash inspired videos, screens or machinima." says Andres Bordeu from ACE Team. Zeno Clash owners can download the free DLC from the Tools tab in their Steam client.
Zeno Clash - reviewcarlyle | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »
Zeno Clash is a real simulator of unarmed combat in which you have a whole series of moves to beat the opponent's turn, you can bring rapid but weak punches, punches stronger but slower, you can dodge, parry , giving his shoulder on the run, grab an enemy stunned, run it against his buddies, kicking him while he is still on the ground, grab a big bat and hitting, dropping bombs explosive skull-shaped and so on. More than levels by real, Zeno Clash is formed from arenas. The rooms are indeed very small and little explored in the sense that there is not much to be found apart from some flower power. Graphically, we are faced with a title fine, considering the price range and the level of production. Zeno Clash takes advantage of the engine Half-Life 2 and offers good dimensional models well characterized. The different maps are quite small, though some are filled with details that shape a world original and pleasant to watch. No shortage of spectacular moments as a battle at the foot of a whale stranded on a beach or a long trip on a river on which drink from the huge beasts.
Short but challengingLekes | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »
The hand to hand combat is excellent, and works flawlessly, or it would do if it weren't hampered by needless and clumsy lock-on system. Fighting over a weapon on the ground becomes a fight with the controls as the button that cycles your targets is the same button that picks up weapons when you're looking at them - making it near impossible to pick up a weapon when an enemy is near it. The shooting, while nothing special, initially detracts from the game, but becomes more fluid as it continues. It still amounts to nothing beyond average in this aspect, though. The game is short but challenging, and left me with an overall sense of enjoyment. I couldn't help but think that the surreal storyline and characters were often weird purely for the sake of weirdness itself. As a first person brawler, it is quietly revolutionary, but this shining aspect is muffled by the storyline, unecessary lock-on system, and mediocre shooting. I suspect that the developers lacked confidence in the brawling aspect, and felt some people may become disoriented by the pace of such close-up action, that would explain why they added so much needless fluff onto anotherwise great game.
If You're Looking For Weird, Look No FurtherAkaRai | Jan. 4, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »
Independent Chilean developer ACE set out to make a game that combined elements of first-person shooters, RPGs, sandbox games, and melee beat 'em ups. Soon into development they realized this was too ambitious, and scaled back dropping the RPG and sandbox elements. What remained was a tight and -if you're looking for something different- compelling adventure.
Set in the world of Zenozoik, the main character Ghat is on the run from his family, after falling out of favor with his mysterious parental figure "Father-Mother" along the way encountering numerous bizarre characters, and a forest full of insane people. The narrative may not be quite as clever as it seems to think it is, but it is nonetheless compelling.
Combat is fun, fast and fairly intuitive. The game does have some problems with auto-lock ons, and it unfortunately becomes near unplayable with a 360 controller (at least on steam) as you're no longer able to effectively move the camera.
This game is not for everyone, but if you like weird, alien worlds, Zeno Clash is worth a look. My one complaint is that the game is somewhat short, and can easily be completed in around 4 hours. The inclusion of an arena dungeon mode lengthens this out somewhat, but it will probably only appeal to trophy hunters.
Weird and beautiful at the same timeMarkDeejay | Nov. 5, 2012 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »
It's a weird game, that's for sure. But the combat (in first person) feels SOOOO good. I like how the punches feel, there's a certain weight to them. Add to that the fabulous (but weird) graphics and you have one heck of a game. Unfortunately, it's short (about 4 hours). But that's about the only negative thing I can say about it. It's so unique that I suggest you get this while you have the chance. Can't wait for the sequel (will it ever come ?).
Unique action gamepanz3r88 | Sept. 14, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
Zeno Clash is really an original game. It's a first person action game where the main weapons are your fist and kicks. The combat system is well done and you can try many different combos. There are also weapons, but they don't have many bullets and so they are not so important. The game is not so long and after some time it becomes repetitive, but you wil surely enjoy the original combat system