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Thanks to Marvel, Norse mythology has probably never been more popular than since back when people actually though Odin and co. were real. The myths and characters have always been fertile ground for video games, but few have ever felt as authentic as this new indie download. Even though the developers of Jotun are Canadian. Which just goes to prove that everyone thinks Vikings are canada goose outlet online store review cool.

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canada goose In gameplay terms it’s tempting to compare the game to Zelda: A Link To The Past, because that’s what it often looks like in screenshots. But it’s a much simpler action adventure than that. Although there are more minor enemies here and there, and one level is filled with them, Jotun is very much focused on its boss battles. This alone is reminiscent of Shadow Of The Colossus, but the desolate atmosphere and often empty landscapes only reinforce the impression. canada goose

And visually at least the bosses are just as impressive as you’d hope, from giant tree creatures, to ice and fire giants that transform the world around you to their elemental preferences, and an oxymoronic giant dwarf that can summon a horde of his smaller counterparts. They’re imaginative and varied, although they’re all beaten by the more familiar method of learning their attack patterns and taking advantage of whatever suspiciously helpful resources are in the room with you.

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Canada Goose Coats On Sale Jotun was originally released on PC last year, and the Valhalla Edition for consoles refers to a boss rush mode with tougher versions of all the enemies. Although really, a few more new ones would’ve been preferable. And although the visuals look great there are some performance issues on the Wii U version, particularly the jerky scrolling. Although from our briefer glimpse of the PlayStation 4 version that only seems to be for the Nintendo version, which was released slightly earlier than the others. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

Its scope is limited, no doubt in part by its budget with the game starting off as a Kickstarter project but Jotun is an enjoyable and often gorgeous looking game that suggests great things of the developer in the future. And it proves that no matter how realistic modern graphics get, nothing beats a good bit of hand drawn animation.

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