Games based biblical stories haven’t always had the greatest track record, and in fact have produced some of the worst games ever created. (The name Catechumen will still cause shudders for early 2000s PC gamers.) Kingdom Games is looking to change that. Their release last year of FIVE: Guardians of David brought the tales of the Israeli king to a Diablo-style action-RPG, and now they’re building a sequel.
FIVE: Champions of Canaan once again takes players to the bloody world of Old Testament warfare, taking multiple characters into battle, gathering loot from the fallen, and taking that gear to defeat more powerful foes. It’s a formula that’s worked well in defeating the demonic hordes of Diablo and its ilk, and settles in well to a slightly less supernatural setting.
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It looks like the focus is on gladiatorial arenas this time around, but there’s still an overarching story and conflict to be dealt with. I, and while it wasn’t great, it was a solid foundation that could easily be built into a more compelling game--one hopefully less trapped between the needs of gameplay and the needs of retelling a bible story.
FIVE: Champions of Canaan will hit Steam on August 23. I hope it can make good on the first game’s potential while alleviating some of its more notable flaws.