I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this but every so often I like to browse the free to play selection on the PlayStation store to see what’s all around. The typical ones are usually things like Smite, Treasure Trove, a couple of RPGs like Neverwinter and CERN. One stuck out to me though the icon was a grim reaper on a skateboard with the words Let It Die bolded on a white background. I watched the preview and decided to give it a try, and for a free to play it’s pretty good.
Let It Die was developed by Grasshopper studios and published by GungHo Online Studios. The concept of the game is for the player to ascend a large tower known as The Tower of Barbs but climbing it is only a part of the task. Within the tower are degenerates, haters, mechanical defense units called Tubers, and a roguelike group known as the Jackals all hellbent on killing you. Throughout the way your buddy and pal, Uncle Death will assist with tips and moral support.
While you climb you will have to fight your way through hordes of enemies using a multitude of weapons. You start with only your bare fists but as you fight, enemies will drop their weapon for you to use. Durability plays a role so typically they won’t last very long so stock as you can. Armor is another thing that can drop or be looted from crates not only as a means to protect yourself but to increase certain stats to your benefit while dropping other stats to keep it balanced.
As for the characters themselves you control a husk of a human brought in by the Tokyo Death Metro (I’ll explain that a little more in a bit) where Uncle Death picks you up in a body bag and transports you into the waiting room, your central hub. Players start with an all-rounded character that has balanced stats but as you progress more types of fighters will unlock that gear towards combat, collections, and relying on luck. If you want to become more powerful you will have to make sacrifices by killing off your grade 1 fighters to make room for higher grade fighters. This will, in turn, give you more powerful units and greater potential for higher end weapons and armor.
What about upgrades you ask? In your central hub, you have several kiosks. You have a weapon/armor depot to make new equipment via blueprints found in the tower. A mushroom lady that creates decals that buff your stats and abilities. The Tokyo Death Metro kiosk allows you to raid other players bases for additional rewards (be cautious they can invade you too!) The bathroom lets you store captured fighters from other players to collect an essence called SPLithium which is used to upgrade your base. The freezer lets you store your fighters to defend your base or go on expeditions while you are offline. Lastly, you have the central pad which fully heals your unit and takes you to the Hatred Arcade where you get tips, quests. and learn more on the story lore as you collect them.
With any typical free to play game there are usually costs if you want to progress with minimal difficulty. As you start you are given a small bag size of 17 spaces and a bank of 10 slots. Everything you pick up takes a slot so managing it can be difficult, and that was one of the reasons people didn’t enjoy the game. To be fair you could earn the special currency called Death Medal (gotta love those music jokes) by completing quests or as a daily sign in bonus and it only takes 2 to upgrade to 10 additional slots each time.
The one item that is pushed to purchase is the Direct Hell Express pass. It is a 30-day pass that gives you access to many benefits including:
- The direct elevator that doesn’t require a fee.
- 10 extra slots in your bag
- A special decal once a day when you log in
- The fast train in Tokyo Death Metro allowing you to flee without waiting for the 90-second cooldown
- Attacker Insurance allowing you to retrieve coins and SPLithium that was stolen in a raid
- Salvage costs decrease when retrieving a fighter lost in the tower.
I would be lying if I wasn’t saying that I enjoy this game because this has been a really fun experience without having to drop a single dime. But I might in the near future. If Mortal Kombat style gore and explosions are your kinds of thing then I highly recommend you give Let It Die a try. With its killer soundtrack and thirst to achieve a higher level, this game will be a good time. Just don’t get discouraged when you get constantly attacked by other players it happens. Let It Die is accessible on PS4 and Steam. Come and join us, Senpai!