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The Nintendo Switch is giving so many classic titles a second chance to be in the spotlight, with developers literally flooding the console with ports.
It’s great to see really niche titles that I didn’t get the chance to play the first time around make a comeback. One of the titles is RWBY: Grimm Eclipse which returns in a definitive edition on the Nintendo Switch.
RWBY Grimm Eclipse was originally a fanmade project by indie developer Jordan Scott based on the RWBY animated web series. It was picked up by the original creators of the series Rooster Teeth, who worked with Jordan Scott to finish the game.
Team up with your friends in either two-player couch co-op or four-player online co-op
The final game was released in 2015 for PC and has appeared on various consoles throughout the years finally finding its way to the Nintendo Switch. The plot of RWBY Grimm Eclipse is actually canon to the original series taking place between volumes 2 and 3.
The story centers around Ruby Rose and the rest of team RWBY as they take on various missions. This time around the team find themselves in the Emerald Forest where they have to investigate the Security Network.
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They end up fighting hordes of creatures called Grimm, which in turn leads them on an adventure to take down the main antagonist Doctor Merlot and Merlot Industries.
The story isn't as in-depth as the animated series, and unless you're a fan of the series there isn’t really much here to keep players gripped. However, the characters are great and capture the essence of the series which will delight fans.
Experience an exclusive and fully canon storyline with full voiceover from the cast of the show
Visually RWBY Grimm Eclipse is a mixed bag with character models capturing the aesthetics of their animated counterparts.
However other than that RWBY Grimm Eclipse looks pretty much the same as it did in 2015, locations feel flat and bland with the enemies looking and feeling super repetitive. I have played other ports on the PS4 and Xbox and they look superior to this Switch port even though they were released in 2017.
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The soundtrack was created by the original composer Jeff Williams and staying true to the series, the game has a nice mix of genres that fit well with most scenarios.
Even though the soundtrack was originally composed for the game, fans may wish it featured more tracks from the series to accompany the key moments in the adventure.
But overall the soundtrack is one of the better features of RWBY Grimm Eclipse Definitive Edition. Voice acting is top-notch with original voice actors for the series reprising their roles helping to bring the characters to life.
The campaign is very short and can get repetitive fast
RWBY Grimm Eclipse is a hack and slash adventure where players will literally battle hordes of the Grimm. There are a few modes for players to take on.
Players can tackle the main Campaign mode which is a mix of combat and a few puzzles. Grimm Gauntlet mode will see players fight wave after wave of enemies in a survival battle.
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Playing online basically offers the same mode with the inclusion of Horde mode where players will have to fight waves of enemies while defending control centers.
The main issue here is that all the modes are pretty similar with a few subtle differences but not noteworthy enough to offer a unique experience. RWBY Grimm Eclipse’s gameplay is very accessible and what players would want from a hack and slash game.
Grimm Eclipse doesn't work well as a single-player game
Players will be able to mix close-range light and heavy melee attacks to create combos. Each character also has a long-range attack that helps to add more variation to the gameplay.
Players will also have access to a collection of special abilities called Ultimate attacks which can be upgraded. A nice little feature is the ability to pull off team attacks that require certain conditions to be activated.
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The gaming mechanics are easy to master due to their lack of depth, however, this lack of complexity makes it easy to pick up and play for anyone.
One of the big selling points of this Definitive Edition is the two-player couch co-op, which sounded great on paper however there's a massive issue here.
When playing two players the camera is locked on the first player and there isn’t any split-screen, so if the second player somehow gets lost, there isn’t an easy way to switch cameras to them.
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RWBY Grimm Eclipse Definitive Edition was definitely a great experience when it was first released, but I feel even with all the DLC packed into one it still hasn’t aged well.
The Co-op couch play needs so much tweaking to actually be playable. Fans of the series and original game will relish taking this on the go on the Nintendo Switch, but I’m afraid that it's biggest selling point.
RWBY Grimm Eclipse Definitive Edition is out now on Nintendo Switch for £22.69