Five: Guardians of David Review
Five: Guardians of David Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Kingdom Games
Pub: Kingdom Games
Release: November 24, 2015
Players: 1 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Mild Blood and Violence

Especially since Five: Guardians of David has a very clever way of handling all those extra items you'll inevitably collect. The Five can build bonds with the Market's spy networks and agencies. This can be accomplished by giving them money or dumping the equipment you're not using on them. With the number of items you get, it ends up being a better investment to donate the extras than sell them, sometimes. It's even a great idea to revisit past areas, once you have access to the world map after the third act, as the equipment you get from fighting bosses again might be different than the types earned the first time.

The only thing that really bugged me about Five: Guardians of David is the save system. It seems as though you can save anywhere and there are checkpoints that allow you to preserve progress, but these don't let you pick up exactly where you left off. If you're halfway through a map, save, leave, then reload, you'll be at the very beginning of the map. All of the progress will be gone. You're returned to the beginning of that area, with all caches undiscovered and objectives left to do. It's frustrating.

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Overall, Five: Guardians of David is an entertaining Diablo-like. It's a loot-heavy adventure with unique characters that each have their own specialties and skills. It isn't perfect, as the save system could have used a little work and there are some minor battle issues, but it's enjoyable enough and constantly rewards you for playing. Plus, it never feels like the items you're getting are going to waste, since you can donate them for additional perks. It's an interesting and substantial action RPG for people who want a religion-based historical experience that isn't too preachy.

By
Jenni Lada
Site Liaison
Date: April 19, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Five: Guardians of David looks a little dated, but the comic story segments look great.
4.0
Control
It’s a typical action RPG control scheme, where players click on locations and enemies to move or attack and special skills are tied to hotkeys. There are some minor targeting issues, but it works.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is average, but established voice actors like David Fennoy, Adam Harrington, and Gavin Hammon help conversations shine.
4.0
Play Value
There’s tons of loot to collect, and the game really opens up once you can access the world map and start revisiting past areas to grind for gear.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Heroic Gameplay: Fight a multitude of soldiers and Goliath-sized bosses.
  • Fluid Character Swaps: Swap between any of the Five and their unique fighting style on the fly.
  • Miracle System: Smite your foes with the blinding light of angels, hailstones of destruction, fires of the Earth, and many other miracles.
  • Equip your Gear: Gear up your Five with the extensive variety of ancient treasures, artifacts, and relics.
  • Spy Network: Stop hoarding your items! Donate valuables to develop crucial ties with different spy networks, and reap the rewards.
  • Epic 11-act Story: Experience the epic 11-act story of the Five featuring comic cut scenes from Sergio Cariello.

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