When it comes to fighting games such as Absolver, it can be quite hard to master the combat system, especially under pressure. After getting some hands on time with the game and learning the ropes a bit, we thought it would be a good idea to come up with a breakdown of how to master combat in Absolver. Check out our handy guide below.
Note: We suggest using a controller to play Absolver in order to get the best out of the complex combat system.
Here is a breakdown of the three main classes you get to choose from at the start of the game.
- Windfall – The Windfall class is fairly easy to use as these fighters are pretty nimble. Players who are skilled in Windfall are adept in avoidance and sidestepping which comes in useful when you are trying to find the perfect opening for attack.
- Forsaken – The Forsaken class uses more reactionary based moves as these fighters are able to parry attacks. The class is great for players with lightening fast reactions.
- Kahlt – The Kahlt can absorb some damage from attacks. Their fighting style is more straightforward, meaning this is a good entry level class if you are new to this type of game.
Not Your Typical Fighting Game
When it comes to fighting opponents, one of the first things you will probably try and do is button bash your way through combat. Fight this urge, as opponents will be able to counter you pretty easily. Think about your moves, and be sure to block and avoid where possible, look for opening and attack with precision.
Managing Stamina Levels
At the bottom of the screen, you will see a white bar which represents your stamina. It is important that you manage your stamina effectively. Depleting your stamina will leave you open to attack. Blocking uses stamina as well as attacking, so make sure you are avoiding moves in order to conserve your stamina and strike when the time is right.
Feint attacks are the perfect strategy should you want to bait your opponent, these are executed with a simple button press (left trigger on the controller). Executing feint attacks in this way can be super effective when used correctly. You will only have split second to take advantage of your opponent’s opening once a faint attack is successful. Remember, practice will make perfect, so don’t be afraid to pick yourself back up again in you fail.
Stances in Absolver allow players to attack and defend from different angles. Stance switching maybe a bit fiddly to start off with but once you get into the rhythm of it then it will become a staple for battle. The best way to think about stances is to compare them to a game of rock, paper, scissors. You will soon realise that some angles work against others and so on. Take the time to practise and analyse your stances accordingly.
Fight In Order To Learn New Skills
The only way you will be able to build up your arsenal of attacks is by fighting. Moves are learnt by defending against them in battle and if you defend against a move enough times you will learn it. This is the same for stances as well so the more you fight the better you will become.
The combat deck is the perfect place to practise moves and customise your move set. Take full advantage of this when you can as you are able to customise your moves to fit your own personal play style.
These tips should get you well on your way to mastering Absolvers complex and satisfying combat. Do you have any tips of your own? Then let us know in the comments below.
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