Shadow of the Beast challenges players to master higher difficulty levels if they want to see the extended ending.
You won’t see Shadow of the Beast’s true ending in easy mode
Shadow of the Beast developer Heavy Spectrum has released a new trailer focused on gameplay, and provided more detail on the sidescroller’s systems – including its difficulty levels.
On the PlayStation Blog, CEO Matt Birch said the team decided to include a beginner difficulty option, but that you’ll need to play on higher difficulties “to see anything beyond the most basic ending”.
Although combat is simple and most enemies die in one hit, different enemy types have different abilities and timings to master. Timing attacks to meet multiple accelerating foes is where skilled players will shine, combining basic attacks, blocks, counters, stuns, throws, special attacks, evades and dodge rolls as well as the mysterious “Wrath of Aarbron” and “Rage Chains” in order to score huge combo multipliers.
To help you master the challenges ahead, there’s an upgrade system called Wisdom of Shadows. Players will need to hunt down secrets to unlock upgrades, which are then purchased with a currency called Mana. More mana can be earned by performing well in combat.
Take a look at the video below to see it all in action.
Shadow of the Beast releases in May for PS4, exclusively via the PlayStation Store.