From Jutsu Games comes Rustler, an action-adventure title set in the medieval era but borrowing from one of the most iconic series out there. Yes, it's like Grand Theft Auto 2 meets Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and the game is all kinds of bizarre and brilliant.
Rustler follows Guy, a nondescript young man with an untapped talent for destruction, as he attempts to compete in The Grand Tournament. Unfortunately, our Guy is not on the A-list of lords and ladies, and the papers to "prove" he's got blue blood won't be handed to him on a platter.
"It's a light story in which the 'what' is less important than 'how'," said the developer, and explained that our plucky protagonist will test his courage in a number of challenges. "Help convince the Round-Earthers that Earth is flat (and fire one of them from a trebuchet), go on a warpath with a medieval superhero named Iron-Maiden or help Knights of the Holy Grail in their noble quest of making the very best moonshine," continued Jutsu Games.
So, if you've been playing Mordhau, Mount & Blade, or Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and you've been wishing for these heroes in their cumbersome chainmail to let their hair down for once and do away with the antiquities of "honour," then look no further. Rustler is simultaneously an homage to "the good old GTA style and gameplay" and a well-intentioned poke at the possibilities of an "historically inaccurate" world.
Guy will cause chaos with a range of weapons, from longswords, crossbows, scythes, spears, holy hand grenades, lutes... and poo. Perhaps the most inspired part of the game is that the player will be accompanied by their own bard. He'll provide the soundtrack to Guy's anarchy, from grand theft horse to witch hunts, to duels with incredibly skilled and incredibly stupid knights. Had enough of the racket? Sock him in the face, and he'll change his tune.
The game is getting rave reviews for its humour and its unpredictable narrative, all the while offering a learning curve for those who want to get good. At the moment, Rustler is in early access on Steam. Over the next six months, the developer is aiming to integrate additional quests and minigames, increase the variety of weapons, horses, and carts, tweak difficulty settings for the best player experience, improve environments, add several performance optimisations, plus an extra couple of surprises that are in the works. There's a free demo available, and if you like what you see, Rustler is 15% off until February 25th.
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