Deep Down Looks Really Cool, But It Reminds Me Of Another Game...

Deep Down Looks Really Cool, But it Reminds Me of Another Game...

A playable demo of Capcom's upcoming enigmatic online multiplayer game Deep Down was available at this year's Tokyo Game Show, but unless you're in Japan and manage to get there early or have a play reservation, good luck with the 4+ hour wait.

Fortunately, I was able to get through the doors relatively quickly and after only a brief 15 minute wait, got to have a little hands-on time with the demo.

The demo itself was very simple, with only the very basics of gameplay involved. You enter a cave with a teleportation circle that takes you to a dungeon where you encounter some club-wielding orc-like creatures to fight. After about five minutes of exploring and killing, the screen fades and a cinematic cuts in where the screen goes to white and a young voice says "welcome back".

Deep Down Looks Really Cool, But it Reminds Me of Another Game...

Movement and camera controls are your standard L and R sticks. Holding the L1 button while you move lets you run, and holding the L2 button makes you raise your weapon for attacks. Attacks are executed with the R1 and R2 buttons with the R1 used for weak attacks and the R2 for strong attacks. Pressing these buttons without holding the L2 button makes you execute much weaker attacks that make you either jump back while attacking or give anything in front of you a sturdy shove.

Deep Down Looks Really Cool, But it Reminds Me of Another Game...

The directional pad and triangle and square buttons are used for skills and magic items. Press up and down to cycle through your skills and execute them with the triangle button. Press left and right to cycle through your items, press square to prepare the selected item and R1 and R2 to use it.

Deep Down Looks Really Cool, But it Reminds Me of Another Game...

The touch pad can be used to display the map, although I am not used to its existence and completely forgot to press it to see how it looks.

The dungeon structure itself in the demo was very simple. Connected squarish rooms forming corridors and branching here and there, with varying structures.

Control responsiveness had a realistic weight to it and combat was engaging and gritty. I hate to make the comparison, but it reminded me very much of my brief time with the Dark Souls 2 demo -- but without all the dying.

One neat element in combat I discovered was that you can destroy enemy weapons. I managed to hit one of the orc-like creatures while it was taking a swing at me and its club splintered in a satisfying crack which was very cool.

Deep Down Looks Really Cool, But it Reminds Me of Another Game...

Overall, the demo was very straightforward and seemed to mostly showcase the graphics and atmosphere, both of which were superb. However, there were some hints of some deeper game elements. In the beginning of the demo, you got to choose from different skills: 3 "white" skills, 2 "red" skills, and 2 "blue" skills. There was also some terminology in the skill explanations that indicated an element of alignment or karma.

Your character has a glowing meter behind him that seems to swing between blue, white, and red. I was not given enough time to investigate what this was, but I can only theorise that this has something to do with character alignment and it would mean that the game will have some sort of good/neutral/evil element.

Story and multi-player were completely non-existent, so there's no telling how those will pan out, but as is, I'm very excited to see how the game will turn out. Deep Down looks and feels pretty cool, if not somewhat reminiscent of Dark Souls.

Deep Down is scheduled for release on the PS4.


    The combat probably reminds you of dark souls because dark souls stole the combat system from monster hunter (which is a capcom game).

      Monster hunter has great combat but it isn't like dark souls, at least not enough to say they "stole" it.

        The combat system is exactly the same though. Exactly. It isn't per chance. Monster hunter is one of the highest selling games in Japan and was long before demon/dark souls came into existance.

        Demon souls as a game had a lot of similarities with Monster Hunter, Dark souls attemps to change it a bit with the open world, but the combat is still the same, dark/demon souls just have a much higher learning curve and less focus on multiplayer.

        If you shoved medevil art on top of monster hunter, took out the multiplayer and took out the first (easier) portion of the game, I'd have trouble telling the difference between it and demon souls.

        Anyway, to say that capcom are trying to steal things from dark souls is a laugh, but likely something someone in the west is going to assume, due to their lack of knowledge on the topic.

        Last edited 21/09/13 9:28 pm

          Demon Souls was a spiritual successor to the King's Field series made by From Software which has very similar gameplay to Demon Souls. (except for the first person camera) It also pre-dates Monster Hunter so if anything Capcom took inspiration from King's Field.

            I don't get where the point is in white knighting your game illogically, were you hoping I hadn't heard of kings field or knew anything about it? King's field plays nothing like demon souls, besides, you know, being a dark medevil type game. Kings field 1,2,3,4 play like an FPS game, nothing like monster hunter, more akin to a dungeon crawling elder scrolls games.

            Where as demon souls/dark souls combat system? The same as monster hunter, exactly, the same. BECAUSE monster hunter is/was a huge seller in japan, why wouldn't you take the gameplay of an exceedingly popular game? This is how game genres are born. I'm not saying demon/dark souls is bad, I'm just saying, it has the same combat system as monster hunter (and a heck of a lot of other similarities).

            Maybe monster hunter wasn't the first game to use this combat system? I'm not aware of others, but it is possible. I'm just saying don't act like capcom stole from 'From Software' due to ignorance, just because monster hunter isnt popular in the west and dark/demon souls is.

            Last edited 22/09/13 10:51 pm

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