Nine Sols - Buyer's Guide

Embark on a cyberpunk adventure in Nine Sols, a Taopunk world of ancient aliens, myths, and mysterious bosses. Is it worth playing? Get the pros and cons before making a purchase.
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In the forsaken realm of Nine Sols, a former hero, Yi, is reborn to wreak havoc on the nine formidable rulers, the Sols, who have brought ruin to the world. This ambitious action-platformer, crafted by Red Candle Games, the studio behind psychological horror titles Detention and Devotion, dares to blend cyberpunk and Taoist mythology in a unique ‘Taopunk’ setting. With Sekiro-inspired deflection combat, players must combine swift, brutal attacks with strategic platforming to overcome hordes of enemies and colossal bosses. As Yi navigates the vast, hand-drawn environments of New Kunlun, a mysterious world once home to an ancient alien race, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. The narrative unwinds as Yi seeks revenge against the nine Sols, exploring the mysterious tale behind his rebirth and the downfall of the world. With intricate boss battles, secrets to uncover, and intriguing NPCs to interact with, Nine Sols promises an unforgettable experience.

Should I play Nine Sols in 2024?

The good

Nine Sols has received overwhelming praise for its challenging and engaging gameplay, reminiscent of both Hollow Knight and Sekiro. Players are particularly impressed by its masterfully designed combat mechanics, heavy on parrying, which many find deeply satisfying and well-balanced. The game’s art direction is lauded as beautiful, with hand-drawn animations and exceptional world-building, creating an immersive experience. The soundtrack is another highlight, enhancing both the atmosphere and emotional weight of the game. The story, while tragic and dark, captivates many players, adding depth to the overall experience.

The bad

While the game excels in many areas, some players have pointed out minor issues such as the occasional frustrating backtracking before unlocking teleportation and some spikes in difficulty that might deter less persistent players. Additionally, the skill tree was noted as somewhat uninspiring by a few reviewers. Minor gripes also include some rough edges around gank fights and hitboxes, but these do not significantly detract from the overall positive reception.


Should you still buy or play this game in 2024? Absolutely! 🎮⭐ Nine Sols comes highly recommended by gamers who have found its combination of intense, skill-based combat, stunning visuals, and compelling story to be nothing short of extraordinary. If you are a fan of metroidvanias or tough-as-nails action games, and you’re itching for something to fill the Hollow Knight Silksong void, this game is a must-play. Don’t let the minor flaws deter you; the sheer delight and challenge it offers are well worth the plunge. 🎉

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