PAX EAST 2018 | "Dragon: Marked For Death"
It would take one epic adventure to reunite some of the main honchos from the Mega Man Zero franchise. Inti Creates' Dragon: Marked For Death aims to be that co-op journey that will herald the return of the classic RPG titles of yore, as you embark on a journey to bring down the biggest of bosses.
At PAX East 2018, I was given the opportunity to test out Dragon: Marked For Death at Inti Creates' booth. In my demo, I played as the Warrior, whose tank-like stats make him a strong combatant against the toughest of baddies. With the aid of producer Matt Papa, I was shown the ropes as to how to control this hero during my demonstration. As I progressed through the level, I began to discover some of the power my character could unleash one just about any foe in my path. Slashing, stabbing, and even switching between taking covering and going in for the attack made me feel unstoppable as I laid waste too many of the monsters that roamed the screen.
These beasts will range from your giant spider people that can show its infants your way, floating eyes of death, and even giant crustaceans that will pinch you towards your demise if you're not careful. The trick to beating these foes lies in your skills as both a player and a strategist. Some enemies you can just go straight for the jugular, whereas others require hitting that right sweet spot at the precise moment. It can get challenging, especially when you're dealing with more than one of these enemies at once, but with a good smash of the buttons, those villains will weep long into their afterlives.
What's nice about Dragon: Marked For Death is that up to four players -- either in-room or online -- can join in on the mayhem, but more players won't mean this adventure will become a cakewalk. Instead, the levels of the enemies and bosses will double, triple, or even quadruple depending on how many of your pals are joining you on your quest. And with its retro visuals (which call back to the days of the Golden Axe franchise), it'll be easy to get yourself lost in its nostalgic vibe and classic appearance. Needless to say, this is one journey I am looking forward to embarking on in the future!
Dragon: Marked For Death is due for release later in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch.