Cult Of The Lamb: Heretic Edition
◉ ◉ ◉ ◉ ○(4/5: great)
Playstation 5
Devolver Digital (2022)
An excellent balance of... everything!

At its most basic, Cult Of The Lamb is a fantastic thematic successor to a game I loved in my youth: ActRaiser. You're essentially a god building a following and you intersperse the sim aspects with some action. In Cult, the action is roguelike instead of limited to a number of lives and everything is more complex than in a game from 30 years ago, but the spirit is still there. For me, it is a great mix of action and planning that both excites and relaxes the player.

The graphics are impeccable, the gameplay is smooth and fast-paced, the story is decent, and the sim parts are not too tedious. The fake-language voices of the various folks you meet are wonderful. The variation in the weapons and other attacks that you have for each run are enough to keep you coming back for more action, if you're into that. The customization of your cult (base) is enough to keep tinkerers entertained, as well. My only complaints are that the music is pretty repetitive and that it could use more levels instead of repeating the same four worlds twice. Oh, and I came across some bugs a few times (like, why does everything stop for a couple seconds at dawn?).

All in all, it is fun, pretty, and you get to be a cult leader while killing some demons and gods. Excellent.

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Last updated: 12/04/2023
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