So apparently I had a bit of a brain fart when I was doing my Top 10 Games of 2014, because I neglected to even mention one of my absolute favorite games of last year that should have been on the list, no questions asked. That game is One Finger Death Punch. I would like to thank Quentin Tarantino and Kill Bill Vol. 2, because as I was watching that movie again recently, the mention of the Five-Point-Palm Exploding Heart Technique made me remember One Finger Death Punch exists and is actually pretty awesome.
So, what is One Finger Death Punch? It’s a two-button stick figure brawler, with a really cheesy Hollywood kung-fu aesthetic – and it is glorious. The two-button combat system is incredibly tight and responsive and the audio and visual feedback for each successful hit dealt to an enemy is absurdly gratifying. Enemy speed and difficulty adjusts to your play, making sure that you are constantly challenging yourself. Special moves, weapon pick-ups and champion enemies that require a complex series of clicks to be taken down also keep things nice and interesting. Throw in a soundtrack that really knows how to pump you up for some ridiculous over-the-top action, and you’ve got a guaranteed winner!
I highly recommend One Finger Death Punch. It’s easy to pick up and really fun to play. Where would it be on my list, if I hadn’t forgotten about it? It would probably replace Hearthstone at Number 5. As I said in the original Top 10, the great thing about Hearthsone is that it is a game with a very long shelf life, which kind of puts it above GOTY lists in a way. I put it in the same category as something like Team Fortress 2 – a game that I very much love and still play to this day, even though it’s been out for seven years. In that sense, I don’t feel bad for bumping Hearthsone off the list in favor of One Finger Death Punch.
The screenshots may not convince you, which is to be expected – the game does not have a particularly appealing visual style. However, I implore you to suppress your scepticism and give OFDP a shot – you won’t regret it.