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. You can also equip tattoos that work as a means of status-boosting certain quirks your character has; such as strength, health or their weapon proficiency.
While working your way up the tower you can gain extra items by completing side-quests which are unlocked as you progress up the tower with multiple difficulty options unlocking the higher up you go. Early quests will have you collecting mushrooms and hunting for frogs, the higher you climb the tower you’ll get quests that take lots of patience and preparation.
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.
After working your way up the tower you’ll unlock new options in the Waiting Room; which acts as the main hub for you to purchase new weapons and craft materials. Durability plays a big role in your survival while traversing the tower, which is why it’s important to save as many blueprints as you can in your inventory since crafted weapons gain full durability. Weapons you find while climbing Let it Die’s tower are usually low on durability and prone to breaking mid-fight when you’ll need them most. On top of crafting weapons you can also power-up armor and weapon’s you’ve already found the blueprints for by using upgrade materials scattered throughout the tower or by completing side-quests.
While you can’t go head to head online with an opponent like the invasion system in Dark Souls, Let it Die introduces a mechanic where you can be invaded and send your characters to invade other player’s worlds. The system is automated as you won’t be controlling the character you send off, but rewards and experience gained by your invader is sent back to you via the reward box in the Waiting Room.
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!