[PlayStation 4] I am The Hero Review
I am The Hero is a new Ratalaika game which, unlike many of its previous release, is not a quick 1-2 hour Platinum trophy. Learn more about this wonderful retro pixel beat ’em up in our I Am The Hero review!
I am The Hero is a sidescroller beat ’em up. You play as a nameless hero who is on a mission to take down a bad organization, which is a pretty standard action plot in a beat ’em up. Story-wise there is nothing that really stands out or is particularly different, but usually, the story in a beat ’em Up is not all that relevant, as the gameplay tends to be the main focus. You and up to three friends can play the game together in local co-op multiplayer. This being a beat ’em up means that the game is a bit repetitive, so your fingers might hurt after playing for a bit on your own, which is why taking on this one with some friends is certainly helpful.
The goal of the game is really simple and straightforward as it asks you to take out every single enemy that foolishly dares to stand in your way until you manage to meet the boss of that level. It’s simple and very to the point gameplay loop that is exactly what you would expect from a game of this genre – can’t complain about that!
Combat is equally simple. You are taken through a tutorial that shows you the basic gameplay mechanics of the game during the first level with graphics that display which button does what, which I found were very easy to follow. There is also a picture of the controller set up on one of the billboards which I thought was a very nice touch since nowadays a ton of gamers don’t go into the options menu to check the control setup for a game, right?
I Am The Hero is big on its combo system with varied attack combinations that you are able to chain into big combos as you deal massive amounts of damage to your enemies without even breaking a sweat. The game’s combo system is probably the easiest I’ve experienced in a long time, and it’s very satisfying to chain combos and hit triple digits as you flow from one attack to another without your combo chain being reset because you didn’t manage to land a hit a second before your last attack. Also worth noting is that this game is very accessibility-friendly, so if you have mobility problems in your hands and fingers you’re sorted with regards to combo chaining as it’s practically painless to achieve!
All that said, as you progress in the game getting high numbers of combos will become harder and harder since the difficulty does ramp up, so by level four getting decent combo will be a bigger challenge. But every combo you do manage to land will feel very rewarding and will help you to overcome though fights when the odds are against you. On a plus note, the game has a reward system which allows you to unlock a new super move upon completing a level or adding a new character as well. You can’t, unfortunately, select both, so be sure to choose wisely! I went super moves all the way, but this reward system encourages replayability since on your next playthrough you could unlock extra characters, each with its own attacks and special moves – not to mention that having an extra character with you will act as an extra life since when one of your characters is defeated the other one will jump in.
The game will take a handful of hours to complete, with challenging boss fights and multiple difficulty choices. On top of that, there are also extra modes to add more flavor to the game: Challenge and Fight. Challenge mode encourages you to see how long you last fighting wave upon wave of enemies, bringing it closer to an endless mode of sorts. As for Fight mode, as the name suggests, it’s all about your fighting style. The game is a cross-buy release, and it also offers separate Platinum trophy lists so that you can unlock two Platinum trophies for your efforts if you’re willing to put the extra time into it!
This I am The Hero review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.