Let it Die by developers Grasshopper Manufacture and publisher Gung Ho Entertainment is the duo’s first foray into the free-to-play market on the Playstation 4. Inspired by Dark Souls’ combat and 80’s arcade culture, the game has you climbing a gigantic tower on a quest to reach the top.
You start off choosing a male or female character aboard a train to the main hub station. Naked and bare-handed you’ll work your way up the tower using whatever armor and weapons you find on your way. Eventually you’ll gain the ability to craft your own weapons and armor with blueprints you get from defeating enemies or finding in loot cases during your escapades.
There is quite a bit of customization available in Let it Die in the way of choosing how your fighter spends their level upgrade points.
NPC’s in Let it Die are quite refreshing and bring a certain personality and charm you won’t find in a lot of other games. You have a skateboarding skeleton as your guide through the tower. Did I mention he calls you Senpai in a Spanish accent? While you’re back in the arcade you’ll also meet Detox, a young girl who’ll remind you of those 80’s bubblegum popping cheerleaders you never got to date. Acting as your living tutorial you’ll meet Meijin, a pro-gamer who decides to mentor you in the art of playing Let it Die.
While I haven’t finished climbing the tower and beating the game I can safely say that Let it Die is worthy of a download and is a fantastic free-to-play title that doesn’t tread on the “pay-to-win” aspect that most gamers are familiar with. While you can optionally pay to get coins or death tokens (continues) they don’t shove it down your throat and in the 15 hours I’ve poured into the game I haven’t had a need to pay a dime to continue playing. Let it Die feels like a full-priced title and actually has more content than some AAA games. Overall if you own a Playstation 4 and haven’t downloaded Let it Die you’re honestly doing yourself a disservice. Head to the Playstation Store right now and download it Senpai!