With much anticipation by horror video game fans, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood was released on February 4, 2021.
Based on a role-playing game by White Wolf Publishing, Werewolf: The Apocalypse takes place in a Gothic-Punk style world where werewolves, vampires and other creatures live secretly side by side with humans. Taking the role of a werewolf, or as they are called in the game, Garou, the players objective is to protect the earth by any means possible, including killing humans if needed.
In the game, players control the hero, Cahal, a werewolf who has three forms, human, wolf and a giant pissed off werewolf. Each form has its own specific time it can be used. Playing as a human allows Cahal to interact and speak with other characters. As a wolf, Cahal has the ability to sneak around areas and move quickly in and out of dark corners. And finally, in werewolf form, Cahal is the ultimate killing machine and it able to tear enemies apart in mere seconds.
Each level sees Cahal faced with a task where he must face off against the evil corporation, and main antagonist of the game, Endron. In most cases, Cahal’s primary objective is to infiltrate the base, do a varying task and then unleash holy hell. A decent storyline holds the game together and even introduces new players to the compelling politics of the Werewolf franchise.
Proficient gamers will quickly notice the out-of-date graphics and sometimes wonky character designs. Even more bizarre, when clearing a room of dozens of humans and mech robots, and by clearing we mean painting the walls red with blood and tearing pieces of metal apart, soldiers and scientists in the very next room will not be aware of the carnage that just ensued literally feet away. Each room is definitely a rinse and repeat of what just occurred in the previous room. With all that aside, nothing is quite as exhilarating as turning into the giant werewolf form, hearing metal overtake your speakers and leaving bloodshed all over the zone.
While the graphics and gameplay may not be of the latest standards that most are used to, Cyanide Studio and Nacon have released a pure love letter to the Werewolf franchise within the World of Darkness. Are there issues with the game? Plenty, but that doesn’t stop it from being a fun button-mashing playthrough with many of the cut scenes providing quality graphic which definitely help the game a bit.
If you are a fan of werewolves or World of Darkness, this is one that will have to be added to your list.