Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood Review – Not Exactly Next Gen

Developer Cyanide Studios has finally released their beast. Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood is now available worldwide. Is the game worth of your time, or should you leave this game lost in the woods?

Read our review to find out

 

Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Earthblood is an action role-playing video game developed by Cyanide and published by Nacon. It is based on White Wolf Publishing’s tabletop role-playing game Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and is part of the larger World of Darkness series.

Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood Review – Off to a Good Start

The story follows Cahal, an eco-terrorist werewolf who has been banished from his werewolf tribe, and who fights against the Pentex corporation and the pollution it causes. Cahal becomes estranged from his daughter, and returns to his tribe when they need him most. The player, as Cahal, traverses areas in the American Northwest, and can shapeshift into a wolf, human or werewolf form to perform various tasks, such as exploration, conversation and combat.

Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood Review – Not a True Next Gen Title

The game starts out impressively with an intro video that was clearly NOT using in-game footage. Once you actually start playing the game, you may think you’ve went back in time to the days of the PS3 as the graphics, animations, textures, and character models are very dated. The game uses the Unreal Engine 4, but we’re not sure it needed anything that advanced. The game is clearly not a next generation title, and we played it on our mighty PS5. Load times were non existent, but that doesn’t make the game look any better.

Even with the dated graphics, the gameplay was a bit of a saving grace for the title. You can play as a human, a wolf, or when a battle ensues, the mighty werewolf. There are times when stealth is a great option, and playing as a wolf allows you to move quickly and quietly, and thanks to some RPG elements, you can become harder to see. There are times when playing as a human will allow you to interact with NPCs and progress the story, and other times where being a wolf will work to your advantage. This trifecta of player types is utilized pretty well.

Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood Review – Action RPG

As you progress through the story, you’ll unlock Spirit Points, which can then be used to upgrade Cahal’s abilities. As with most RPGs, your gameplay style should dictate which areas you’ll start upgrading first, and each element has its pros and cons. It’s not the deepest RPG around, but it does add an extra layer of depth to an OK game.

Combat as a werewolf isn’t too complicated, and can look downright brutal. Had this game taken a true next gen path, these animations could have really been stepped up and made to look absolutely horrifying. This is another missed opportunity with the title, as the combat and gameplay as a werewolf is just OK, while it could have been game changing with better graphics and animations. We were left wanting more brutality like ripping limbs off.

 

Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood has a decent storyline and a message about big corporations destroying the planet, but that’s really all we took away from our time with the game. The game ran fine on our PS5, with no bugs, glitches, or crashes, it just left us wanting more.

5


Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood review code provided by publisher and reviewed on a PS5. For more information on scoring, please read What our review scores really mean.