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Penny Arcadeís On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC) Review
Posted by Adam Larck on 07.11.2012





Title: Penny Arcadeís On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
Developer: Zeboyd Games
Genre: RPG
Players: 1
Rated: M for Mature


As a rule of thumb, Iím always leery when a game switches developers.

Sure, I know there have been good changes, but normally it ends up worse for all. However, I was a bit more optimistic than usual considering Zeboydís track record.

So, Iím happy to report that Penny Arcadeís On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 is a great game. In fact, it may be my favorite in the series.

The game picks up where the second game left off. Dr. Blood still seeks the Necrowombicon, Tycho is still on the path to kill gods and Gabe just wants to hit stuff. Anne-Claire also makes an appearance early in the game and late in the game as well.

However, created players will no longer be part of the team. Instead, you have Jim, complete with his glass jar, and Moira, which is a great addition to the team. Moira is added in as Tychoís former wife, complete with a grudge against him.

Another thing to note early on is the graphical change. The cartoonish style that Hothead Games had is gone, replaced with a pixelated style similar to Final Fantasy in its early years. In fact, thereís even a portion of the game that plays that up. The art style still looks great, though, and adds a bit of charm to the game.

Also added in is a new combat system. A bar at the top shows how quickly team members and enemies will get to attack, as well as when battle commands can be entered to prepare. Early on, itís a simplistic bar that doesnít really matter as you destroy enemies. Later on, though, it adds a huge level of depth and strategy that any RPG fan will love.

Another level gets added to the battle strategy with the addition of classes. Early on, youíll run across two sets of ďclass pinsĒ that add various classes you can equip, along with your original. You can eventually equip two class pins on top of your original class. Each class has strengths and weaknesses, such as the defense-minded Crabomancer class and speed-minded Cordwainer class. Other classes can plant gardens (Gardener), predict the future (Apocalypt) and more.

Thereís no ďabsoluteĒ mold that works for classes. While there are definitely some builds that work better than others, any character can use any class. However, for a heavy hitter like Gabe, youíll quickly see that defense and offense will really help him over magic.

Finally, a thing to note is that characters get healed after each battle, and items are restored. You donít actually find items you use in battle, you find upgrades that let you use the item more times during the fight.

Like previous titles, the humor is still abundant in the game. Banter between characters, while quiet, is great to read. In addition, the enemies will also cause you to raise some eyebrows, like mimes, hobos and even the Leviathan. The game also throws in plenty of homages to the comic series, like the Broodax, but knowledge of the series isnít needed.

Between buildings, youíll navigate the over-world on a fairly linear map. New locations will open up as plot points dictate. There are also places available to buy and sell weapons and accessories found in maps, as well as buy item upgrades.

The final thing to note about the game is something I didnít notice until almost the end. There is a coliseum in the game that lets players take on various enemies. There are two rows of enemies there originally, although a difficult enemy spawns when killing them all for you to take on again and again to level classes. Hopefully, youíll notice it quicker than I did, as I didnít find it until the final chapter.

Pros

  • Great battle system.
  • Pixel graphics look great.
  • Zeboyd did a great job bringing this back.

    Cons

  • Nothing to do after main quest is finished.
  • Could completely miss coliseum if you donít notice itís there.
  • Reviving friends can put you in loop of kill/revive.

    The 411:

    Some fans of the past games may not enjoy the new art style, but the game was really a blast to play from beginning to end. Plus, for only $5, any RPG fans or fan of Penny Arcade should pick this up without question. Now the only thing left to do is wait for the fourth title.



    Graphics9.0I loved the pixelated style that Zeboyd used with the game. 
    Gameplay8.0The battle system is great for strategy, and item system was interesting to be implemented. 
    Sound7.0Besides the soundtrack, thereís really not much to say here. However, the soundtrack is good in the game. 
    Lasting Appeal6.5 The game itself is about 8-10 hours, but thereís not much to do after beating it besides waiting for Episode 4. 
    Fun Factor 8.0Besides a bit of annoyance with a few enemies, the game was a blast to play throughout. 
    Overall7.7   [ Good ]  legend





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