Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slicked Precipice of Darkness 4 Review
Xbox 360 | PC
Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slicked Precipice of Darkness 4 Box Art
System: PC*, Xbox 360
Dev: Zeboyd Games
Pub: Penny Arcade Inc.
Release: June 7, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

And to change things up even more, many of the battles have special conditions that force you to change your strategies: You might have to get all the enemies down to 1 HP before any of them will die, or your monsters' max HP might decline with each turn, and so on.

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Basically, while the gameplay here will be very familiar to an RPG veteran, virtually every aspect of it is twisted in some way. This keeps you on your toes. Also, the ability to regenerate after every battle and the ability to save anywhere ensures that these constant changes to the rules are exciting and challenging rather than cheap and frustrating.

The graphics and sound are a nice touch as well. When Zeboyd Games took over the series for Episode 3, it went with a classic 16-bit graphical and musical style, and this returns for Episode 4. The music in particular can be cheesy at times, but it definitely reminds you of older video games.

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It’s amazing to me that all of this costs a mere $5--this is not the longest game ever, by any stretch, but the sheer quality of the campaign makes it a steal at this price point. On the Rain-Slicked Precipice of Darkness 4 manages to be a trip down memory lane, a hilarious collection of Penny Arcade humor, and a worthy RPG all at once.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: June 7, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The classic art style is sure to push your nostalgia buttons.
4.0
Control
The battles are turn based, so it’s mostly just menu navigation.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music can be a little annoying at times, but it captures the classic RPG feel.
4.5
Play Value
This is a steal for $5.
4.3
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:

  • Penny Arcade’s “On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness” series concludes the saga of Tycho Brahe, Scion of The Long Project, and his almost certainly human partner Jonathan Gabriel
  • The world has been destroyed, but existence extends beyond this mortal plane in the gruesome Underhell!
  • The new game expands considerably on its predecessor in size, scope, and gameplay.
  • Create the ultimate fighting force by recruiting bizarre monsters and teaming them up with the best trainer for the job!
  • The title features a completely new score from HyperDuck Soundworks (Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mojang’s Scroll.


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