During Pax South 2019 I came across a tiny booth that made my eyes become very big. The beautiful art style and fantastic music of Greak: Memories of Azur had me hooked in almost an instant. After getting my hands on the demo I was left wanting more and needing to know more about the main character Greak and the world of Azur. After much anticipation, here is our Greak: Memories of Azur Review
Greak: Memories of Azur is a beautifully crafted side-scrolling single-player game. Throughout, you will take the role of three siblings. The family of character consists of Greak, the main protagonist, Adara the sister, and the biggest and oldest brother Raydel. Players will use all three siblings as they make their way through the lands of Azur. The story of Greak pulls you in from the very beginning. There quickly became an emotional tie between the main protagonist and yourself as you seek out the siblings you have been separated from.
While making your way & searching for your family you quickly come across the Urlag. On the first few encounters after the prologue, you get a false sense that the Urlag invasion will be a simple roadblock to navigate through. If you are like me, you find out soon after you locate Adara that the Urlag become a formidable opponent and become increasingly more difficult as you advance throughout the story.
The main component of Greak’s gameplay is alternating control between the characters and using their unique abilities to escape from the invasion. It’s important to note the siblings do not just move on their own. You must control their every move. On the surface this sounds like an easy task however, it can take a bit to get used to.
On Xbox, if you hold the Right Trigger you can pull the sibling towards you if you are separated. You can also use the Left Trigger while the siblings are next to each other to control them all at one time. This brings on a very unique style to the combat. One that took me a bit to really enjoy. Once I got the hang of it I soon realized how awesome & unique this aspect of the game really is.
Combat is fairly straightforward between the siblings. There are times when you definitely should use a particular character. For the more up close and personal fights, the brothers are the way to go. And although Greak does have ranged attacks, Adara is the way to go if you want a bit more distance between you and the enemies.
I will admit my bias here, hand-drawn 2D art is one of the wonders of the world. Navegante Studios really did an incredible job here. Every detail is exquisitely crafted and the world is beautiful. As you make your way through Azur you can see silhouettes of creatures that are stalking you on your journey. Seeing them in the forefront brings another fantastic element to the environment.
Each of the three siblings are also visually unique. Although they are family, each has its own individual look and style that is easily distinguishable. Additionally, all the small details I could ask for are there in the game. This hand-drawn art style took a long time to complete and this developer in my opinion did not cut any corners. This art is seemingly lost in the massive world of gaming so it was great to be able to experience it in this game.
The music from this game is the star of the show in my opinion. From the opening cinematic, you fall in love with each and every tone. It’s easily comparable to other indie titles with great much such as Ori and the Blind Forest. From sounds of victory to tones of imminent death, this title has a wide range of music that is continuously always spot on. The combat audio however does not leave the same effect. It’s by no means “bad”, it’s just not something that will be memorable as the music. There is not any voice acting in this title, but that’s okay as it’s almost to be expected from these types of games.
Overall Greak Memories of Azur is a title that will be beloved by many. Navegante Studios really poured a lot of love into this world and into the characters. Greak Memories of Azur is a rock-solid 8.8 and the Lv1 stamp of approval as a must-play indie title.
Want to know more about Greak Memories of Azur & Navagante Studios? Check out our interview with them below.
Greak: Memories of Azur Review was made possible by Team 17 & Navegante who provided the Xbox Review Key.
Reviewed on Xbox Series X.
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