A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Although the game offers players branching choices at times, usually framed as a sort of "good" and "evil", the outcomes aren't always as expected. Also, despite these choices, the bulk of the game never strays far from a basic "kill the monsters" formula.
Positive Role Models
Characters tend to run the moral spectrum, and in some cases, they're misrepresenting their true intentions. And even though Alcedor begins by trying to drive out the evil in his home, he can wind up doing a number of questionable acts in the process, falling to the corruption and darkness he's initially fighting against.
Alcedor is the main character and the central focus of the plot. While there are different characters presented, male and female, as side characters, they usually have no real development and are often just presented as medieval European stereotypes.
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Ease of Play
The core gameplay is simple to pick up and play, simply consisting of jumps, attacks, and magic spells. There's some basic character management, such as choosing spells, power-ups, and the like.
Violence & Scariness
Despite its retro, 8-bit look, the game's surprisingly gory and violent. People and monsters are regularly slaughtered in big, bloody chunks. There are even times where Alcedor gets coated in blood and viscera from defeated enemies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some creatures appear partially nude, though in monstrous form. One example of with is a bulky nude humanoid boss creature with no apparent genitalia that shoots eyeballs out of a hole in its belly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Infernax is a downloadable retro-styled horror fantasy game available on the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. Players take on the role of a soldier returning from the Crusades who finds himself fighting evil forces and the demonic invasion of his homeland. The game combines classic gameplay and graphics with over-the-top violence. Often, enemies explode into pixelated chucks of gore and large splashes of blood, even to the point of covering the player character long after an enemy's defeat. Some creatures appear partially nude, but in monstrous form.
Is It Any Good?
There are some games that, when you start them up, instantly transport you to a different era of video game history. The minute you fire up Infernax, it's hard not to feel like you've uncovered a classic from the heyday of the 8-bit era of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The gameplay mechanics are pretty basic. Jump, attack, magic, and items are all controlled with a single button each. You'll fight your way through a variety of gruesome monsters, making short pit stops in small villages along the way. Here is where you'll pick up side quests, restock items, and build an arsenal of options to take on wave of evil infecting the land.
While you might be forgiven for thinking the game is a long lost chapter in a certain whip-cracking vampire hunting franchise, Infernax does just enough different to stand its own ground. For starters, the game takes the pixelated violence and cranks it up to an eleven. Enemies explode into meaty and bloody chunks, oftentimes coating the player in a crimson veil. There are also moments where players are forced to make a choice that not only affect the immediate event, but can alter the entire course of the story through to one of its multiple endings. While these choices do add a bit of replayability to the otherwise short game, the darker story and oddly paced plot development make it difficult to ever figure out just how any of those choices will ultimately play out.
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