Reviewed on PC (Also available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4)
If you love when the odds are stacked against you, then look no further then Extinction on Steam. In Extinction you play as Avil, who’s part of the last soldier class known as Sentinels. Avil is tasked with keeping the ogre race known as the ravenii from wiping mankind out of existence. This includes defending a kingdom and its civilians from these massive ogre.
The initial battles in Extinction are fun and breathtaking as you take down the smaller revenii and encounter your first giant ravenii. Giant ravenii are on the scale of other giant enemies in games like Attack on Titan or Shadow of the Colossus. As you fight ravenii, your goal is to save as many civilians from the smaller ravenii while making sure the giant ravenii don’t destroy the city you’re trying to protect. Giant ravenii wear protected armor pieces. In later stages they will wear stronger armor pieces so you’ll have to take different approaches to circumvent this to sever their limbs. Their goal is to demolish everything in sight till there’s nothing left. In order to see how much damage is being done to the city, there is an Extinction meter that goes from 100 to 0 percent. Once it reaches 0, it’s game over. After you’ve experienced the satisfying feeling of beheading a giant ravenii a few times, the experience begins to fall off.
Extinction suffers from bad narrative, unnecessary missions, and lack of general variety. There a story mode but its heavily mission based which starts to become dull after awhile. It doesn’t keep the player engaged or invested in the storyline. There are cutscenes that look nice as if you were watching the Avatar The Last Airbender. The game’s voice work is subpar as Avil doesn’t sound enthusiastic enough to convince players that he’s a super skilled warrior. Other character in the story like the King do stand out and sounds like he into the role. There are seven chapters to complete in the game with four or five mission in each chapter. After the first chapters the missions start to become random missions such as “try to save this many civilians” and “take down a giant ravenii in a certain amount of time”, or do both all while having one main story objective. Extinction tries its best to switch things up but ultimately ends up doing the same thing over again.
What makes Extinction feel cool and might make the player come back for more is its fast paced arcade like gameplay. The controls feel great and is mostly a hack and slash type game that’s not mentally taxing. As for the mechanic of the game, trying to climb a giant ravenii can feel frustrating at time as you can get stuck on certain body parts on the ravenii. You are able to sever arms and legs of a ravenii to slow them down. This helps you climb up the top of the ravenii to cut their head off, which is the only way to truly defeat them.
There are other modes in Extinction, but it’s more of the same, just with a connected online leaderboard. Extinction just falls short of the mark. For a game that retails at 60 bucks, I honestly just can’t recommend this game. There are more games out there with better content for your wallet than Extinction is offering at its price point.