Way Of The Passive Fist

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Released: April 2019. Added to this library 8 weeks ago.

Overview

Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.

On a desolate planet ruled by raiders, mutants and fanatical sun worshipers, a mysterious figure travels across the distant planet of Zircon V. By using the Passive Fist technique, you can outlast any foe by deflecting their attacks and draining their stamina.

It's a game that turns the usual power-fantasy of brawling action on its head. You have to study each enemies' patterns and nullify their attacks with perfectly timed parries and dodges. You are basically letting them defeat themselves.

As you do this you are filling your super meter with consecutive parries and dodges and spend it to destroy all who stand in your way. Adjust gameplay settings to customize your own challenge level with its own unique name.

Commitment

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence in an arcade setting. Violence is typical of side scrolling arcade fighting games with foes punching, kicking and slashing at each other. Blood and injuries are not shown as characters flicker on impact and disappear upon defeat.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

Accessibility

This game supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: Extensive difficulty settings. Can adjust enemy strength, how many enemies attack at the same time, how easy it is to trigger combo attacks, how frequent checkpoints are.
  • Reading: There is a lot of reading, with scrolling purple text on black background.
  • Controls: Keyboard or gamepad controls. Buttons and sticks can be remapped.
  • Image calibration: Adjust the brightness. Turn off screen shake. Turn off and scale on-screen information. Select high-contrast. Turn off flashing. Most attacks have visual tells to help with timing.
  • Audio calibration: Adjust music, voice and effect volumes separately. Most attacks have audio cues to help with timing.

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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