Overview and Story
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Earthblood is an Action & Adventure game developed by Cyanide. The story follows Cahal, a Garou (werewolf warrior), who, after years of exile, returns to his clan once hearing that the evil corporation, Endron plans to attack his old clan.
Shredding Humans to Bits
For the majority of this game, you will be infiltrating Endron facilities to do multiple tasks. The best and most rewarding way to do this is by stealth. While sneaking around, you can either be in your human form to take down enemies and interact with items or your wolf form for bonus stealth and the ability to enter ventilation ducts.
Combat is savage, and I loved every minute of it. If discovered by enemies, you can transform into your final form, which is a full-blown werewolf. Combat in this mode is very similar to the button-mashing fighting you find in superhero games.
There are small open-world areas to explore, but for 90% of the game, you will be doing missions on linear game levels.
Character progression is unique, and I rather like it. To level up Cahal and gain new talents for your different forms, you will need to gain spirit points. The primary way to earn these points is by finding and interacting with fallen warriors, items, and plants in the world.
Storytelling is done through a basic choice dialog system and cutscenes. Outside of the main story, there are also a handful of side activities. These side missions consist mainly of going around the map and finding spirits, which is very generic.
One of the best aspects of Werewolf: The Apocalypse is the gameplay, especially the combat. However, this is not to say it is perfect. The controls definitely will take some time to learn; character movement can feel a bit clunky at times, and the pacing is a bit slow at times.
Graphically this game is a roller coaster of feelings for me. The CGI cutscenes are very nice. A lot of the in-game textures look solid, while some need more polish. Multiple character and facial animations look as if they are from an Xbox 360 title.
The overall art direction is solid as it reinforces the dark themes of dispair that coincide with the story. But overall, the actual quality of the graphics and animations is definitely below average.
Howl Worthy Music
The in-game music does its part as somber orchestral music gently plays while exploring the environments, and Japanese style heavy rock bangs out as you rip humans to shreds in combat.
In some sections, voice acting does a steady job, while in other scenes feels a tad stiff, and many pieces of dialog seem forced.
Overall I would say that this game is slightly above average. For most, I would recommend waiting on this title to hit a sale if you plan to buy it.
This game will take 15-20 hours, give or take, to complete and is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC for $49.99.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Review
Solid story with fun and unique gameplay, but slow pacing, spotty voice acting, and rough animations hinder the overall experience.