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Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn preview – A Soulslike for all

Set for release this July on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC, Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn proves that Soulslikes can indeed have difficulty levels and still remain fun, engaging and rewarding. And so, if you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a game like Dark Souls but have found the difficulty off-putting, you should perhaps add Flintlock to your wishlist.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is quite far removed from the likes of Dark Souls in terms of setting, however. Cast as Nor Vanek, an elite member of the Coalition army, the world you inhabit here seems to be much more colourful and full of human life. Though it is still full of danger – one that threatens humanity, in fact. You see, Nor has accidentally released a God, Uru, and with it an army of the undead. Now she must fight to contain Uru again.

Thankfully she’s not alone. While the world is now changed, she still has old allies to fall back on. And after falling into a river after doing battle with Uru in the game’s opening, she’s made a new companion – a God by the name of Enki. With her and Enki’s goals seemingly aligned, they embark on this journey together, with Enki assisting Nor in numerous ways to help her.

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When it comes to traversal, for example, while Nor is already fairly nimble on her feet, Enki grants her the ability to effectively double jump and dash in mid-air. These can help when jumping or falling from a great height, with a well-timed jump or dash stopping Nor from falling to her death. By touching mysterious skulls sometimes found in locations, Nor can warp across large gaps, too, making exploration very enjoyable indeed.

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Enki even proves to be useful in combat, though Nor already has a formidable moveset at her disposal. Her weapon of choice is an axe, which can be used to chop at enemies when in close range. She also has a flintlock pistol at her disposal, however, which comes in particularly useful when used to interrupt certain attacks. Throw in a rifle that can also be used to attack enemies at range, and Nor is understandably quite dangerous.

But as effective as they are, you can’t rely on firearms as ammo is limited. Most enemies you’ll need to deal with toe-to-toe, and in addition to blocking and parrying attacks to negate damage and gain the upper hand, you can command Enki to attack and ‘curse’ them, enabling you to perform critical attacks. These will kill unarmoured enemies outright, while opening up armoured enemies for attack.

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With numerous skill trees available, you’ll open up more abilities as you progress through Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, further enhancing both combat and traversal, but even from the outset these both seem to offer a great deal of depth. You’ll need to be careful, however, as the currency used to buy things here, Reputation, can be lost if you die. Like in most Soulslikes, you can retrieve it by returning to the location of your death, but that might not always be as easy as it sounds.

The saving grace is, and what really makes Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn stand out from the crowd, is that there are numerous difficulty levels to choose from. So, if you want a tense and challenging Soulslike experience you can opt for the standard difficulty or even take it up a notch. Meanwhile, those who just want to enjoy the journey of Nor and Enki without much frustration can opt for Story difficulty. It’s a nice addition that should give the game more broad appeal.

After spending some time with Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, we’re very keen to jump into the full game. Its story has grabbed our attention, and we’ve very much enjoyed exploring its reasonably open environments and getting into combat with a varied range of enemies. We’re glad that it’s accessible, too – it doesn’t need to be an uncompromising experience if you don’t want it to be. Overall, we reckon it could win over a legion of fans when it launches next month.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn launches 18th July on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

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