Chinese developer Ti Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment Shanghai announced a brand new side-scrolling, 3D beat-’em-up platformer for the PlayStation 4 called F.I.S.T. The game is very similar to classic games like Tomba, Wild 9 or Viewtiful Joe but designed on the Unreal Engine 4 for today’s generation of gaming.
Players take on the role of a feisty rabbit with a mechanized backpack that has a giant fist attached. Players can utilize the fist to unleash devastating combos against enemies, smashing, slamming, throwing, and juggling foes with the fist. You can check out the announcement trailer below from Gematsu.
I have to say, I’m no fan of what Sony is doing with their PS4 censorship policies, but I do like what Ti Games is doing with F.I.S.T.
The game isn’t terribly original, given that it borrows concepts from games like Mega Man, Steel Rats and Shadow Complex, but the dieselpunk environments look pretty cool nonetheless. The art design seems to share a similar motif to Midgar from Final Fantasy, which helps make the game stand out from most other titles currently available on the market.
The music in the trailer is also pretty cool and hopefully it maintains that kind of audio theme when the game launches on the PS4. However the sound mixing in the trailer seems to be kind of messed up. It’s hard to tell if that’s just the trailer or if something happened during the capture process.
In addition to the side-scrolling beat-’em-up antics, there is also some platforming to be done and some bosses to fight. The trailer also seems to indicate that the game will allow you to upgrade the fist with new abilities.
Visually the game has a pretty neat look. I am a little disturbed at the fact that the rabbit dude has human hands but a furry rabbit head. It’s almost like a guy in a rabbit outfit, and if that’s true then it means that the protagonist is… oh no… a furry?!?!
Hopefully Ti Games isn’t trying to spread degeneracy.
No release date has been set for the game yet but it’s likely coming soon given that rumor has it that Sony will introduce the PS5 next year. So I’m guessing F.I.S.T. will likely release in late 2019.