07th Aug2019

‘Redeemer: Enhanced Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts


Play as Vasily, an elite operative who once worked for one of the biggest arms industry corporations in the world. Officially working in security, you were tasked with infiltration, assassination, extortion and even torture. When eventually the corporation decided to get rid of you, you manage to narrowly escape to a secluded monastery deep in the snowy mountains. For 20 years you tried to find peace and harmony amongst your fellow monks, but you are still too haunted by your murderous past to find either. Now after all of these years the corporation is finally closing-in on your location, and in so doing they have given you one last shot at redemption.

A game that I played mostly in 2-player local co-op, Redeemer turned out to be a bit of an undiscovered gem for me with its combination of rock solid gameplay and over-the-top 1980’s action film style.


Playing a soldier that has dedicated himself to meditation and peace in a monastery far from human contact for almost forty years (he has a SERIOUS beard), things naturally kick off big-style when a death squad turn up and mercilessly slaughter the monks, forcing you into action. What follows are over a dozen stages of a thrilling mix between melee and firearm-based action.

Presented in a top-down perspective, the initial moments of Redeemer initially strike the player as a purely limb-based brawler, there are a mixture of punches and kicks as well as environmental-based attacks not to mention a skill-tree that unlocks moves whenever certain scrolls and secrets are found, split into ‘Monk’ and ‘Soldier’ types. After a few minutes of this, you come across a gun and the twin-stick shooter mechanic comes into play, albeit with an 80’s action star mindset of throwing the gun aside to grab a new one as opposed to ‘keeping bullets’. This works in the game’s favour however as it adds to the speedy, punch pace of the gameplay.


Beginning in the temple and eventually working through subterranean tunnels and laboratories, the levels in Redeemer aren’t particularly memorable (and do get a bit generic later on with a few too many overly linear sections) but this is offset by the ‘did you see that?’ factor from the gory kills, satisfying combat and boss battles. This is a game that once again I enjoyed in single player but was a completely different and awesome experience in multiplayer. There are some slowdown issues on the switch as the action gets frantic, but int he words of my second player when I brought this up to him as we slaughtered our way through yet another a corridor full of mutants:

“Who cares? This game is amazing!”

Redeemer: Enhanced Edition is available, physically and digitally, on the Nintendo Switch now.


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