In today’s world of gaming, there’s a deluge of titles to choose from that spans across a wide breadth of genres. Where however, should one turn to if they are feeling nostalgic and wanting to scratch their platforming itch? I would say they should look no further than Katana Zero.
Taking place in the dystopian city of New Mecca and following the story of “The Dragon”, Katana Zero is a 2D action platformer that has a lot of things going for it.
For one, the music selection is great. It’s a blend of Synthwave and Chiptune that really serves to accent each stage and give them their own unique flair. From there, the combat is engaging. Rather than utilizing a health bar or a traditional set of heart icons, you’re given a single life per stage. This can prove to be challenging and at times frustrating but in the end, is ultimately rewarding when you manage to complete the stage in one go.
Beyond that, the story alone is a compelling enough reason to give it a shot. What’s not to love about a Neo-noir dystopian society, a war story, unraveling the past’s mysteries and taking down difficult foes? Your mileage may vary, but I found that the main story line took about 4-5 hours for a full play-through. Once that’s been completed, you can also replay in the form of speed run mode, which offers a customizable range of challenges to ramp things up even further.
At 341MB this one’s also easy on the hard drive and won’t take all night to download for those of us who await the widespread reach of broadband. It’s also available on game pass currently, and nothing beats the low price of zero dollars and zero cents. With DLC planned to be released this year, now is the perfect time to jump in and be ready for whatever comes next in the world of Katana Zero.