Internet heavyweights Rooster Teeth are widely known for their prolific production of digital content including Red vs Blue, AchievementHunter, and various podcasts and shorts. In the summer of 2013, animator Monty Oum developed a world of fantasy and action that became the beloved series RWBY. Fans who have adored the show for years are finally able to step into the shoes of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang in Rooster Teeth’s first full feature game, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse.
Set in the world of Remnant, gameplay is conducted as the aforementioned characters, also known as Huntresses, who must protect their world from the evil creatures known as Grimm, which plague the land they call home. Following its July 2016 release on PC, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse has already seen its fair share of downloads. Now that it will see an Xbox release, that number is sure to grow.
Visually, this game is quite stunning. Vibrant colors envelop the surrounding environment, bringing Remnant to life. The music is beautifully crafted, feeling reminiscent of older games such as Jak and Daxter and Spyro. The controls are easy to learn, welcoming any players new to the genre. X and Y are light and heavy attacks, respectively, while the right trigger uses the characters ranged attack. All attacks can be strung together in various combos, dealing more devastating damage.
The game is primarily hack-and-slash style, but there are RPG elements present. Small upgrade trees are available for each character to progress through. Points are unlocked at each level, with other upgrades available upon completion of different challenges. Four difficulty settings are available from the start, but even in single player mode, the normal difficulty can be tough. Enemies can become overwhelming if not taken care of promptly. A minor hiccup is the pause menu, which does not, in fact, pause the game. In multiplayer this makes sense, but not in single player.
Single player is enjoyable but can become repetitive. It is clear that the game’s main focus is its 4-player co-op, with combat built around team attacks. DLC packs are available that add team JNPR to the active roster, bringing the total playable characters to eight. The dialogue is fun, in keeping with the tone of the show without becoming stale. Fans of Rooster Teeth will recognize the various voices in the game, including series leads Lindsey Jones and Barbara Dunkleman, as well as other favorites like Ryan Haywood and Miles Luna. Players are treated to a stellar performance throughout, with the entire show cast reprising their respective roles.
It’s safe to say this game is a blast. It is entertaining and enjoyable from start to finish, expanding the already vast story Monty crafted all those years ago. Co-op is perfect for maintaining the challenge while allowing players to relax and enjoy the game for what it is: four girls beating monsters senseless. And who doesn’t enjoy that?
Whether you are a first member of Rooster Teeth’s website or brand-new to the series, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a perfect addition to your digital library. It’s a fun, fast-paced game from one of the forefront members of the internet. Sadly, we lost Monty in early 2015, months before the game reached early access. I must say, if he were here, I know he would be extremely proud of what his creation has become. The love and support of the fans, along with the incredible work from the team at Rooster Teeth, has kept his dream along with his spirit alive, and in doing so has kept his beloved series at the fingertips of fans across the world.