If you love stylish, '90s-style 2D side-scrolling brawlers like Golden Axe orAztez, you'll dig the debut release from Household Games, a new studio made up of DrinkBox Studios, Queasy Games and Silicon Knights members. Way of the Passive Fist is available now on PlayStation 4 and Mac/PC/Linux via Steam for $15. It will also go live on Xbox One at midnight, March 7th.
The single-player beat 'em up focuses on a pretty unique fighting style. Instead of spamming the attack buttons, you need to time your parries, deflections, dashes and dodges to pile up a combo meter, which will let you unleash massive offensive melee attacks when you face the huge bosses at the end of each level. There's also a ton of accessibility features for those who need to customize their gameplay style due to preference or a disability. You can fully remap the controls to play with one hand, for example, and modify the visuals for specific visual impairments or flashing light sensitivity.
"We genuinely aimed to give players a different arcade brawler experience and the team has delivered on that promise," said Household Games founder Jason Canam in a statement. "Players will quickly learn that timing is everything in Way of the Passive Fist and how satisfying the perfectly timed defensive fighting gameplay can be. It's been a long time coming, it's well worth the wait."