Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is a third person action hack and slasher that is perfect for the player who wants to experience a game that brings to life the best of blockbuster films, over the top action and cinematic gameplay and comic book heroes, with its focus on relentless high-octane combat, exotic danger filled environments and epic set pieces.Read full description
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Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is a budget production and the developer Zoofly is not hiding it from us, but despite this fact, the creators have managed to create a really nice slasher with adventure elements. The game is short but very enjoyable, the six hours that are needed to finish the game will be gone in an instant, that's how fun it is I think that anyone who likes Zelda or Darksiders should be satisfied with this title.
No problem playing a clone of God of War if it is this good. Don't expect much of the game and you'll get such a great experience. Hack and slash is a genre where shining above the others is not easy. Marlow Briggs won't be the hidden gem you are looking for -or maybe yes-, but I can't think of anybody who likes the genre disliking this humble game. Gameplay is good, but it could have been better. More like a button masher that actually a good fighting system. Good news is that there are lots of enemies, and you can even ride some of them as if you were the lord of the beasts. Marlow Briggs is also a platform game, featuring some puzzles here and there. A good choice you probably would get for a good price. Don't miss the credits.
This game is surprisingly very entertaining. It's very charismatic in its presentation, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. The dialogue is funny, even if cliche, and the combat is entertaining enough to warrant a purchase. There are a few frustrating times where you need to use trial-and-error to pass an area (resulting in about 4-5 consecutive deaths). I've been playing for about 4 hours and I haven't encountered any bugs yet, just poorly placed jumps. (I run windows 7 64-bit with a GTX970 and I5 Devil's Canyon for reference) The upgrade system is very straightforward, 4 pretty varied weapon types, 4 obvious, elemental magic types. Focusing on weapon upgrades increases weapon damage and max health, magic upgrades = magic damage and max mana. You also have the ability to "convert" enemies to fight for you. I would suggest getting this game while on sale. I got it for a dollar when I bought it, and I feel like I dramatically underpaid. $5-$8 is reasonably priced for this.
I'm not saying that this game is the worst I've seen, nor it's that bad. It's just way too simple from one point. It wants to grab more than it can carry. It takes from bigger titles, and the result is mediocre. It is pretty, it is entertaining, but misses the real feeling. First off, it's buggy. It means that you may die at several points because, the character grabs onto a ledge which doesn't exist, you get stuck here and there. Luckily this kind of bug doesn't happen that often, it's just tiresome, when it does. Next, the genre. It's mainly a hack and slash video game with adventure elements, but someitmes you get a top-down shoot 'em up.The adventure part does involve puzzle elements, but they are so easy, you wouldn't miss them if they didn't even exist. Marlow Briggs has also some kind of an RPG-thing, but it plays out in collecting coins or golden points or what which can be spent on available skills, all of which will be maxed out in the end. Plus you do have 'different weapons'...uhm... different styles of slashing around during the gameplay, but when you get one, you dont really feel the need to switch to the previous one. As for the difficulty, the game can be runned through...almost. If an enemy doesn't create a barrier you can get further and it won't follow you to the next platform. Sure, you get an unfair, kinda harder, but solvable boss-fight in the end, but that looks silly too. The scenery is nice-looking and varying, so I'd say it's quite alright. Even so, as there are no cinematics, the camera just moves around 3D models, and the actual image is changed, which is...ok, so it doesn't add much and sometimes it was a bit weird for me and thought: how the hell did I get here? In addition the story is so lame it shouldn't even be mentioned... Who is this game for? For someone who wants something fast-paced, and feels the need for a mixed-up gameplay, but can get up from it any time (Because I assure you, you won't be addicted to this one). If it's on sale, I'd advise Marlow Briggs for them. (Some boring hours can be passed away...)
This is a surprisingly good game. It has a good story, great action, satisfying platforming and pretty good graphics. Being a budget title, it does have to have a flaw though. There are noticeable graphical glitches throughout the entire game. Things like characters' feet going through the ground and plants flickering into and out of existence happen a lot. I also encountered some odd glitches that made me have to reload from the last checkpoint. Fortunately, the checkpoints are aplenty. Overall this is a fun game for it's budget price that honestly gives some AAA games a run for their money.
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