Conclusion: A combination of exciting, refreshing gameplay and the incredibly outlandish setting and characters really make Zeno Clash a standout game. It has all the style and pizzazz of a big budget production, but it's far more disturbing and creative than you're average release. Even with a story that never fully blossoms into something great and a few other limitations that arise, there's a lot to love about this unsettling adventure.
Conclusion: As good as most of Zeno Clash is, ACE slips in a few new developer quirks. The voice acting is, for the most part, terrible. I realize that paying for big name voice actors is probably not in the budget for an indie title like this, but some of it is embarrassingly bad. Ranged weapons are also handled poorly. They are required for several engagements, and useful for most, but it is more difficult than it should be to switch from ranged to melee combat.
Excerpt: Surrealistische Landschaften, bizarre Kreaturen und eine reichlich verworrene Story - mit diesem abenteuerlichen Stilmix wollen die Entwickler des chilenischen Studios ACE Team in "Zeno Clash" die Begeisterung der Spieler wecken. Und der Erfolg gibt ihnen recht: "Zeno Clash" ist erfrischend anders im Vergleich zum Gros der Titel, die sie sich gegenwärtig im Action-Bereich tummeln.