2021 has been filled with a lot of amazing gaming experiences, but the Metroidvania crowd has especially seen a bounty of riches. Games like Axiom Verge 2, Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights, and Grime have been plentiful, and F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch also hopes to follow in the footsteps of gaming greatness. But is developer TiGames’ newest indie title a worthy entry into the storied Metroidvania genre or something you can pass on to replay Ori and the Will of the Wisps again?
Join Marcus Stewart, Dan Tack, and Alex Stadnik as they answer that question and give you a tour of F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch on this fresh episode of New Gameplay Today. Our panel pours over the game’s satisfying combat, solid story, and interesting world that players should look forward to fighting through. We also discuss root beer at the end (we’re on one today).
F.I.S.T. follows Rayton, an anthropomorphic bunny brawler who is tasked with rescuing his friend while fighting his way through the “diesel-punk” world of Torch City. While there’s plenty to enjoy from the game’s story, the real meat of the experience is in the combat. According to our own Mr. Stewart, the moment-to-moment fights feel satisfying with a bounty of upgrades and new moves to collect as you work your way through the city. While there’s not really any revolutionary new mechanics in F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch, the game succeeds in what it sets out to do and provides players with a punchy and engaging Metroidvania experience.
F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch is set for release on September 7 exclusively for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, but if you’re needing more of a fix before launch, be sure to check out the official Game Informer review and last year’s trailer from The Game Awards. For more scorching hot gameplay videos, be sure to head on over to our YouTube page for looks at Far Cry 6, Life is Strange: True Colors, and Marvel’s Midnight Suns.