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Zeno Clash (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
75
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3.9
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Description

Zeno Clash is a first-person fighting game set in the surreal Zenozoik fantasy world. The player controls Ghat, a Corwin of the Free. He is chased away from the city Hastledom, and is hunted by his many brothers and sisters who are all children of Father-Mother, a hermaphrodite creature who is the head of the clan. He escapes with the female character Deadra, who assists him as an AI-controlled character during the course of the game.

The story is told in two storylines, alternately chronological sequences of his journey, as well as through flashbacks leading up to how Ghat killed Father-Mother. Fighting is largely focused on brawling, with Ghat's fists as the primary weapons. He is able to deliver single blows, combine them into combos and charge for large ones. Similar to 2D beat-em-ups, hurt characters can be held and kicked or punched for additional damage, and kicked when they are on the ground. Ghat is also able to block most attacks, and dodge to attack from the sides. Blocking and running around however drains a stamina bar, and it needs some time to fill up again. Many opponents carry around melee and long-distance weapons Ghat can also wield. Health is restored by picking up berries.

Most of the fighting sequences take placed in enclosed areas, with a limited amount of enemies. There are also boss sequences where different tactics need to be used. Certain enemies can only be damaged through large weapons. The game uses a targeting system where it is possible to lock on to a certain character to keep it into view. Next to the main game, there is also a Challenge mode set in a tower with different consecutive arena levels with all the enemies you can encounter.

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Zeno Clash Windows Challenge Tower: choosing a challenge
Zeno Clash Windows There are some destructible objects in the arenas
Zeno Clash Windows Bugs!
Zeno Clash Windows When enemies are knocked back, it's time to move in with a finisher.

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The Press Says

FiringSquad May 04, 2009 89 out of 100 89
Cheat Code Central Apr, 2009 4.4 out of 5 88
The Games Machine (Italy) Jun, 2009 86 out of 100 86
Indius Jun 08, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 22, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Apr 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Game Over Online May 12, 2009 70 out of 100 70
GameStar (Germany) May 20, 2009 66 out of 100 66
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jul 28, 2009 55 out of 100 55
4Players.de May 07, 2009 45 out of 100 45

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Zeno Clash appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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Sciere (281323) added Zeno Clash (Windows) on Apr 22, 2009