I’ve been playing an absolute tonne of The Last Oricru recently. The game won’t be out until 2022, but at the time of writing there’s a demo available as part of the ID @ Xbox event. It gives you a really decent chunk of the game to play, though it is very much an early build of what’s to come. While there’s text out of place, item descriptions missing, and all sorts of other issues, if you look past them, there’s a really promising game staring back at you here. I honestly can’t wait to play this title when it finally launches, and that wouldn’t have been the case otherwise.
The Last Oricru is a lot of things. First and foremost, it’s an ARPG. This means that gameplay resembles that of the Dark Souls franchise, it even has a bonfire mechanic, but it’s also much more than that. The game has a story, and a deep story at that, for you to follow. Along the way, you’ll make decisions that have a meaningful impact on gameplay, meaning you’ll see a totally different situation depending on what you do or say. It’s a fascinating game that really does push the boundaries of the genre, and I’m really here for it.
The last thing that I should mention is the faction system. There are factions in the game that are fleshed out enough that they feel like part of the world, and you’re always wanting to learn more about them. The game has a lot that intrigues you and makes you want to dive in deeper, and that’s what’s pushed me to keep playing far past the point when I got stuck or found the gameplay too challenging. There’s honestly so much to love here, and I can’t wait to see what the final game ends up looking like.
Finally, I just want to put it out there that there are a lot of glitches in this demo. You can break it in all sorts of ways, but the world is worth investing in and getting past all that for. It’s a sci-fi inspired medieval planet where aliens are vying for supremacy, and it’s amazing.