Unbound Saga Review
Unbound Saga Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: Vogster Entertainment
Pub: Vogster Entertainment
Release: December 1, 2010
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 720p-1080p
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by James Trujillo

Being a comic book tough guy can be hard work. Fighting evil on an issue-to-issue basis and being controlled like a puppet can drive any hero crazy. Especially when those strings are being dangled by the mind of a writer. The lonely comic book hero has no free will; at least, not until now. In the case of Unbound Saga, Rick Ajax has dreams of a better life. However, his aspirations to become a veterinarian have all been taken away by The Maker. Rick has been forced into The Maker's twisted games once again, but this time he won't stand for it.

The story behind Unbound Saga is just as crazy as one could get. Rick is completely cognizant that he exists within the world of a comic book. He speaks freely about his unwavering disdain for The Maker, along with many references to past crossovers, and is on a mission to be free from oppression. Rick reluctantly teams up with a strange woman named Lori Machete, whom he's apparently met before. She claims to know Rick, but he's forgotten her due to a horrible case of "amnesia". They've been trying to find a way out of their world for some time, but she's only recently acquired a map that will help them to achieve their goal.

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The story behind Unbound Saga is just as crazy as one could get. Rick is completely cognizant that he exists within the world of a comic book. He speaks freely about his unwavering disdain for The Maker, along with many references to past crossovers, and is on a mission to be free from oppression. Rick reluctantly teams up with a strange woman named Lori Machete, whom he's apparently met before. She claims to know Rick, but he's forgotten her due to a horrible case of "amnesia". They've been trying to find a way out of their world for some time, but she's only recently acquired a map that will help them to achieve their goal.

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Unbound Saga is an arcade-style brawler through and through. You can swap between using Rick or Lori at the push of a button, and they both have their own unique fighting styles. Rick fights like a slow, but heavy, swinging bruiser while Lori is based around speed and finesse. There are also a couple puzzles thrown in, but they mainly consist of hitting switches in a certain order.

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The combat can be as simple as you want it to be. Button-mashing works as a fine tactic for the most part, but those looking for more depth have a combo system to play with. Rick has a series of body slam maneuvers in addition to various punches and kick combos. Lori, on the other hand, has some strange magical abilities that allow her to teleport, summon clones, and stay hidden in shadows. All of these talents can be upgraded, along with many other abilities, once you have collected enough skill tokens from defeating enemies.

By far, the biggest drawback about the combat is the lack of space. The game is presented in a comic book panel format, and some areas feel claustrophobic with the amount of enemies thrown at you. Attack animations and recovery time for Rick can be very frustratingly slow when being bombarded with a group of surrounding enemies. These scenarios make the fighting feel unbalanced. Enemies, for the most part, move swiftly with their attacks but can be countered if you catch them just right. The same recovery time applies for bosses during the end level fight, so spamming attacks will usually net the same results, leaving hardly any challenge at all.

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