Ever since it was revealed as part of the China Hero Project I’ve been excited to learn more about F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch. The games unique diesel-punk aesthetic and mech-animal character designs grabbed my attention from the moment I watched the original trailer. The game has a demo available as part of Steam Autumn Game Festival right now, and it was the first thing I downloaded bright and early Thursday morning.
F.I.S.T is a Metroidvania where you play as a rabbit named Rayton. On his home planet, a hostile robotic has taken siege and although Rayton was apart of a civilian force attempting to fight back initially, he’s since gone into retirement. That is— until his friend is kidnapped. Rayton now picks up his mechanical arsenal that includes a fist and drill to begin a rescue mission and to fight back against the Machine Legion.
The demo itself isn’t too long. It took me sixteen-minutes to complete with two deaths along the way. But it is a showcase of an easy to play, hard to master combat system that feels great with a variety of combos. There’s even a helpful combo list in the pause menu. The game also seems to incorporate a risk-reward system, for being aggressive and there looks to be plenty of secrets to find for avid explorers.