PowerSlave: Exhumed

released on Feb 10, 2022

A remaster of PowerSlave

PowerSlave: Exhumed is a KEX Engine port of the classic console game perfectly blending both the PlayStation & Saturn versions

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A new game for a new year... whose completion ended up being a late birthday gift for myself. GO ME!

This game is an oldie but a goodie.
It was a pretty good DOOM clone with really interesting pacing of levels and secrets. It's not going to blow your mind, but it will impress you with the thought put into the design of the levels.
It's not that long of an FPS, even for it's time. It is however really cool and still worth the try if you like boomshoot.

>Looking for a new Doom-like
>Ask in forums if PowerSlave is any good
>Users don't understand
>I pull out illustrated diagram explaining what good progression, enemy and level design is
>User laughs and says "it's a good game sir"
>Buy game
>Its a metroidvania

A fast paced FPS that could theoretically be an early Metroidvania as well, considering System Shock was a couple years prior, and Symphony of the Night came out the same year as PowerSlave, and it wouldn't be another couple years till Metroid Prime. In my opinion, I'm not a fan of it. Could be due to some jank or design, but honestly it's just because Metroidvanias aren't my thing, with the whole concept of a super non-linear world with tons of backtracking. Maybe it's just better executed in something like Metroid Prime than here. It's meh.

Fantastic remaster by Kaiser & Crew
Weaves in aspects from the DOS version, and each of the different console ports. The definitive way to play Powerslave now, and Im ultimately glad Powerslave EX morphed into this

Very unique and fun first person metroidvania. The setting really sold it for me. Although it gets a bit tedious in the final few levels, I highly recommend this to anyone who likes old school shooters with a nice dose of exploration and environmental puzzles.