Since “Dark Souls”, the temptation to explore the hostile and destructive ruins of the once great land has become a regular pilgrimage for players. The soul-like type attracts those who seek challenges, the consequences of death, bosses with full-screen health bars, and the incredible sense of reward when you overthrow them.
Some Souls-likes use this formula in a sci-fi environment, others translate it into Metroidvania. Sands of Aura, from the publisher Free play, Do something different, stick to the lonely fantasy world, while pulling things out of the old-fashioned isometric RPG perspective.
In short, Halo Sand is a bit like the evil child of Diablo, Dark Souls and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (just replace all the seas with sand and you will understand us the meaning of).
In this game, you will fall into the buried kingdom of Talamhel, a once prosperous land that now exists in the eternal night, buried under the sea of sand overflowing from the broken hourglass of time. As a new member of the Remnant Knights, you are sent to Talamhel to fight against the corrupting forces raging under the sand dunes.
Talamhel is a desolate and beautiful open world, dotted with islands where you sail in the sandboat Grainwake. Without being guided by map markers or directions, you can open your own path in the world and explore the mysterious land in any order guided by your intuition. Every time you set foot on a new island, there will be new dangers and adventures waiting for you.
Sands of Aura is highly combat driven. You will experience seven different fighting styles, depending on the weapons you make and the spells equipped. The unique crafting system of the game allows you to piece together different handles and different blades. When you find an arm that suits your game style, please experiment.
When you defeat the fallen inhabitants of Talamhel, you will level up and choose perks to give your attack extra charm-whether it’s throwing blades in a circle around you or dual wielding a boomerang-like attack. This is a popular ARPG game that can illuminate a difficult and ominous world that often threatens to swallow your whole person.
Like many outstanding ARPGs, the real ending is this fashion. The amazing armor you find in the world will help you see this part as you go through cultists, insect creatures, fallen kings, fuzzy knights and more.
Please note: The Sands of Halo is a high-pressure game that forces you to rely on timely block and dodge, and learn the enemy’s mode before countering yourself. Every blow is important, and the number of you and the enemy dissipated when you were hit. The role that fulfills the bonfire of the Dark Souls will be bells, and when you ring them, it will act as a checkpoint and at the same time regenerate all monsters on a given island. If you fall (you will fall), the enemy will respawn and you will return to the last bell you pressed.
After completing an island expedition, you can return to the refuge of Starspire, where more and more merchants and friendly faces you find in the world will be inhabited. Using the currency called “Glint”, you can make weapons and armors, trade goods, get blessings, and even hire NPCs to join your battles.
Starspire will evoke the Firelink Shrine’s longing echoes of Dark Souls veterans, albeit with a greater focus on customization. You will build a community, shaped by the people you save and the way you interact with them in town (but beware: if you kill a friendly NPC, they will disappear forever!).
Sands of Aura spans the action of Souls-likes and the exploration of classic dungeon crawlers, as well as some choice-driven RPG games.The game is now live Steam Early Access. Its bleak and beautiful world beckons.