One of April's PS Plus Essential offerings, Tails of Iron is a tough-as-nails 2D RPG that you might have missed. Fret not, we're here to tell you why you should check it out outside of the fact that, you know, you'll have access to it with an active PS Plus membership from 4th April.
Tails of Iron tells the tale of Redgi, a rat prince seeking to reclaim his lost kingdom from the imperial ambitions of reptilian toads. The animated trailer below perfectly sets the scene and is narrated by the excellent Doug Cockle, perhaps best known for his role as Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Gameplay is a weighty affair, requiring nerves of steel as you will need to commit to each action in the style of 2D Soulslikes such as Salt & Sanctuary and Hollow Knight. Redgi is able to equip different armour sets and weapon types in order to even the odds, taking a strategic, methodical approach to combat.
Don't let the woodland aesthetic fool you, Tails of Iron has a reputation as a challenging game with plenty of tough bosses to overcome. If and when you are victorious in your quest (which will take between 8-10 hours), you can then dive into meaty post-game expansion, Bloody Whiskers
Tails of Iron sits as a nice accompaniment to both the more relaxing 3D Sackboy: A Big Adventure and the genre-blending Meet Your Maker, with the former especially being something worth exploring.
Will you be checking out Tails of Iron in April, or have you played it previously? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Anything starring rats is well worth your attention ☺️ beautiful little cherubs they are - the bestest of friends one could ask for 💕
Tails of Iron is a great game though. I have it on Switch and it's a beauty played on that OLED screen.
Definitely tempted. I've run through half a dozen of these metroidvania/souls/rogue like clones in the last year though. I may be a bit burnt out on them. They are all very similar and don't differentiate themselves from one another enough. You really see the limitations in design and gameplay loop in the 2d Side scrollers space.
Definitely makes you appreciate how far we come. The art style on this one does look awesome though.
If anything they do serve as surprises and great palate cleansers from an open world jaunt, despite paralelles in repetitive design they may have.
Had my eye on this one since it released. Looking forward to playing it.
I sank dozens of hours into Hollow Knight and loved it. Been waiting on Silk Song for ages it seems. This may scratch that itch.
„Fret not, we're here to tell you why you should check it out“: So why not with a full review?
“Souls like” - and it’s a no from me. I don’t like games that make me cry from the difficulty!
I was already tempted. Then I read tough as nails. Hard pass for me. My hardcore instinct is long gone with too many games too little time. Hope plenty of others pick it up as it looked great.
Definitely going to play it, I wish frogs were the good guys though 🐸
Like the look of it but sadly another game developer trying to cash in on the souls like boom. This generation is becoming a bit dull with remakes remasters and souls like making up most of the game these days. Hopefully the souls like era will die soon so we can get a bit of variety back.
Yea its the best game in the lineup.
Great game though I don’t feel it was very difficult or “souls like” at all. Far easier than a from game or even hollow knight.
Quick 8 hour platinum that feels like a fleshed out Newgrounds RPG from way back
@Colour You had me at 8 hour plat 😉
@Voltan it's the toads that are bad, not sure if frogs are involved . Reminds me of 2 restaurants down the road from each other.
The Horny Toad and The Satisfied Frog. Both had good ribs. Frogs would be fun to play as. Last frog I played was a frog shaman in Everquest. I just liked that he flipped everytime he cast a spell.
Tails of iron is one game im definitely downloading.i been willing to try this game out.it looks good.and im a huge fan of souls like game.doug cocle did a good job narrated tails of iron trailer.i enjoy hard games.so its all good.word up son
This was a nice little gem, bought this once it released and beat it, was thoroughly entertained weighty 2d souls lite
This game gives of Pantheon vibes, which is a fantastic game, I'll be sure to check this out.
Have the limited physical Edition. Very hard game after multiple shots of vodka.
I might give it a try but I'm not really into the artificial difficulty that most of the souls-like games go for these days.
A little PSA for anyone worried about difficulty. Worry not! There is an easy mode that makes it totally manageable.
I ended up throwing it on part way through, as to me, the combat just wasn't precise enough to try and master (and also fairly limited). Had a much better time just crunching through enemies and enjoying the art/atmosphere/narration, which are all fantastic.
@FinneasGH Tails is not an easy game, but I don’t think it is on a souls tier of difficulty. I was worried about the difficulty after reading reviews, but it really isn’t that punishing. You can’t just button mash, but if you pay attention at all you won’t be tearing your hair out or anything.
If a gamer of limited ability (and declining reflexes) like myself can finish and plat the game, anyone can!
I’ve been eyeing this game for so long, I’m pretty stoked that it’s on here.
When people say something is a "souls like" it turns me off trying the game. I'll still give it a shot but that wasn't the best sales pitch for me.
the narration is dead serious but the art direction is childish and clumsy looking. we are talking about RATS and TOADS here yet the tone is trying to convey something genuinely serious and it is not working. very poor animation and vibes with this one.
@Porco 😯 and here I thought there was no such thing as a wrong opinion. Booooo! Lol
@Loamy who knows, the game might play well, but you know i'm right about the tonal issues. come on now
@Porco Hmm 🤔 I have a think on it lol
The second that buzzword "soulslike" appeared, I was out. That's all I needed to know.
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