Katana Zero cuts deep with a brutal Hard Mode replace

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Katana Zero was a stunning game — a side-scrolling samurai Hotline Miami — however maybe a little bit on the quick aspect. Ending on a maddening cliffhanger, developer Askiisoft says there’s extra ranges and story within the works as free DLC. Until then, they’re placing gamers via the wringer. Two new modes had been added in a big patch yesterday, Speedrun mode and Hard Mode. The former gives a cutscene-lite deterministic enjoying area. Hard Mode, unlocked after beating the principle story, is designed to homicide you in a thousand enjoyable new methods. Oh, and you’ll pet a cat now.

I’ve at all times appreciated a developer going the additional mile in including new issue ranges. So many simply lower the participant’s well being – not so right here. Hard Mode in Katana Zero is a remixed model of the marketing campaign, that includes some all-new enemy sorts, a lot more durable enemy placement basically, overhauled boss fights and even upgrades to the traps. You can see simply how intense it will get within the SPOILERIFFIC video beneath. Not even participant “Haku – The White Void” on YouTube can imagine they pulled off this deathless, high-speed run via an enemy-packed chapter eight.

It doesn’t take an eagle eye to see the massive variations between Normal and Hard right here. There’s many extra enemies in awkward-to-attack positions, extra turrets on the finish of hallways, and extra enemy sorts. I spot beefy guys with machine-guns that I dub The Strongest Terries and martial artist variations of the Skinny Rickies. It’s a a lot meaner assortment of threats. While you might typically get by with out leaning too laborious on bullet time throughout the principle game, you’ll be desirous to take this new mode as fastidiously as potential, and perhaps use a few of these unlockable swords.

I shudder to suppose what the game’s secret, brutally robust non-obligatory boss struggle is like on Hard mode. I suppose that’s one thing to chew on whereas I look forward to that free story DLC.

You can see the official patch notes for this replace here, though a lot of the Hard Mode adjustments are unlisted for gamers to find. The game can be 20% discounted on Steam and GOG, bringing it right down to £9.11/€9.99/$11.99. It’s revealed bv Devolver Digital.