Halen: Ballad of the Blade Thief is a 3rd person adventure action game that tells a tale of betrayal and hardship that befalls the heroine. Traveling to the distant, abandoned planet of Teltona, Halen soon discovers that she’s not alone on this supposedly “deserted” rock. She originally went there on an assignment to retrieve an artifact from the ruins of an old temple, but she didn’t count on finding an army of marooned mining robots being there. Hope she’s getting hazard pay for this, because the descent into the temple isn’t going to be a simple walk down a set of stone stairs. This is more of an “Ethan Hunt on a string stealing the NOC list” kind of errand. With her acrobatic skills and weaponry at her disposal, it is possible to make it through the temple alive. She may not have counted on this unexpected residency, but it’s a good thing Halen came prepared.
Halen has a few different skills and tools that will help her navigate the temple and fight off this robotic nemesis. First order of business is reaching higher platforms of rock to hit all the waypoints scattered throughout the area. A double jump and dash skill will allow Halen to get a great deal of height between her and the surface she leapt from. This is an invaluable ability because a majority of your problems here are solved by reaching new heights. There are tons of robots trying to mame you by means of melee attack or laser blast. These are typically cannon fodder for her primary firearm, but those snipers are a serious problem. Nowhere is safe, and only by using her six-shooter can you retaliate and delete those punks blasting you at long range. It’s best to take care of them as soon as possible to ease your climb significantly. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of level streaming, so this massive temple is loaded at once, allowing snipers from a million miles above you to hit you even if you’re at the bottom. This also contributes to a lowered frame rate, and we’re not even talking about when you step on a minefield that sets off somewhere between 100-1000 bombs consecutively. It gets a little tough, but Halen: Ballad of the Blade Thief is an interesting and artistic title totally worth the play if you can run it without issue.
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