Wulverblade is a great illustration of the idea that it’s not always necessary to reinvent the wheel to deliver a fun, quality experience. It takes the time-tested formula of side-scrolling, beat-em-up mayhem and refines and polishes it to a high gleam, producing one of the best examples of the genre in recent memory.
But it’s not all bloody hacking and slashing (something that Wulverblade, with its visceral, bloody combat delivers in spades). A huge part of Wulverblade’s charm is how it pairs gorgeous cell-shaded art with a backstory drawn from history, the tale of the Roman Empire’s violent invasion of southern England. The interaction of the narrative with real-world locations, British myth, and historical figures yields a game world rich in atmosphere that few side-scrollers have ever matched.