June 15, 2024

Stellar Blade is an efficient recreation. In the event you needed Nier: Automata with out all of the heady themes, then Shift Up’s newest PS5-exclusive character motion recreation suits the invoice completely. It doesn’t inform pretty much as good a narrative as PlatinumGames’ 2017 character motion recreation, and its characterization isn’t as deep both, however there may be one quest chain so good, so transferring, that I’m nonetheless fascinated with it. Really, these missable aspect missions are the very best mini-story Stellar Blade has to supply.

To speak about these aspect quests, although, I’m going to should enterprise into spoiler territory a bit of bit. I received’t reveal every thing within the two-part mission, however some story beats will get dragged out into the open. So, that is your warning that spoilers for the “Taking a look at You” and “Conserving Secrets and techniques” missions are coming.

A Shakespearean play within the making

So. Eve, a fairly lady with a pointy sword, has descended onto Earth to assist humanity rebuild itself and put an finish to a lethal invasion by aliens known as Naytibas. To get a really feel for the vibes, she arrives in Xion, the final human metropolis. It’s right here the place you purchase issues from retailers, work together with NPCs, discover collectibles and chests, and decide up aspect quests. One of many earlier aspect targets is titled “Taking a look at You,” and it’s the one which kicks off this tear-jerking love story between two androids: an motionless singer and her bodyguard.

To start out Taking a look at You, you’ll head to The Final Gulp, an underground bar on the southwest aspect of Xion. It’s an empty bar, with a pool desk that has a pair balls on it and a few furnishings turned over, however a melody makes its approach out. The one seen particular person is a silver-haired feminine android, her legs stripped to reveal stilts, a glowing-green robotic hovering over her proper shoulder like some IV bag. That is Enya and, as her bodyguard Su explains upon rising from the shadows, she’s caught on this bar, buzzing her songs ceaselessly. She’s badly broken, and Su’s there defending Enya because the world goes to shit. Su desires to assist however has no cash to pay for the components wanted to revive Enya to a useful state. And as she is, she will be able to solely hum. In any other case, she’s…lifeless.

Stellar Blade protagonist Eve (right) talks to Su (left) and Enya (most left) in the underground bar The Last Gulp.

Screenshot: Sony / Shift Up / Kotaku

Eve gives to assist. She’s an “angel,” because the residents of Xion name her, due to her connection to the Airborne Squad regiment. Since she’s received it like that, Eve talks to her fellow Airborne Squadmate, the plucky engineer Lily, about what’s required to get Enya in working order. After a quick chat, and also you working by way of the Wasteland (one among Stellar Blade’s open zones) gathering the required parts, Lily performs a fast operation on Enya. When Lily finishes, Enya and Su share a young little second as she recounts how “it’s been so lengthy” since she’s felt the heat of his fingers.

Enya, like Su, doesn’t have something to repay Eve with—in addition to the music she’s been buzzing within the bar for years. Eve says that’s simply nice. With that, Taking a look at You is full. However that is simply Act One among this two-pronged love story.

What an android would do for love

Act Two is “Conserving Secrets and techniques,” and it begins in The Final Gulp once more, however a bit of bit later within the recreation. While you return to the bar, you’ll discover that Enya has stopped singing. It’s due to Su. He hasn’t been lurking within the pub’s shadows since they fastened Enya up, and now she’s frightened he’s seeing one other lady. Enya asks you to analyze Xion, chatting up the denizens to see if anybody’s seen Su. Apparently, he was seen speaking to a different lady, nevertheless it was simply Kaya, the younger proprietor of the miscellaneous junk store Sister’s Junk. Kaya says that Su was searching for a method to give Enya legs, so she instructed him about some components within the Wasteland that may be usual into new limbs. With this data in hand, he rushed off, however Kaya stated it had been some days since he was final seen. So, being the angel that she is, Eve books it to the Wasteland as soon as extra.

When there, you’re searching for any traces that Su would possibly nonetheless be alive. It’s been some time, so he could possibly be wherever within the Wasteland, in a single piece or in a number of. Ultimately, you begin discovering issues: a few notes he dropped, blood trails and recent corpses, his gun. This all results in a sequence of deserted and busted delivery containers stacked on prime of one another. You discover Su, in addition to the legs he was trying to find in order that Enya can stroll once more. I don’t need to spoil an excessive amount of after this level, as you should expertise the remainder of this quest’s storytelling for your self, however suffice it to say, that Enya and Su are an ideal ship. Shakespeare could be proud, perhaps even jealous, of the love these two share.

An image of chrome legs lie tied together on top of a table in Stellar Blade's underground bar, The Last Gulp.

Screenshot: Sony / Shift Up / Kotaku

He would possibly appear to be a creep at first, lurking within the shadows as Enya stays nonetheless, buzzing melodies beneath the creaking of her uncovered equipment. However he cares so deeply about her. Su’s admiration of Enya is so evident that he’d do something for her. He’d threat his life if doing so got here with the world to offer to her in alternate. Critically, this little love story is a Shakespearean tragedy within the making, and it’s utterly missable in case you don’t meet Enya in The Final Gulp.

Now that I’ve spoiled the very best mini-story in Stellar Blade involving the sport’s most romantic couple ever, it’s best to completely simply go play the sport and expertise the occasions in Eve’s heel-less heels for your self. It’s out now for PS5.

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