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Mini Review: F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch (PS5) – Awesome Metroidvania Punches Above Its Weight

Show me the bunny.

The absurdly titled F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch begins in Torch City; a dirty, dieselpunk dystopia, inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, and a few years prior to the beginning of the game invaded by the robotic Legion and their ‘Iron Dog’ army. Our hero is a gruff rabbit named Rayton – a former ace pilot in a slump, struggling to deal with defeat in the war.

When his only friend is taken prisoner by the Iron Dogs, Ray has to come out of retirement for one last job to infiltrate the enemy stronghold, armed only with his wits and his massive, mechanical fist. Rayton sets off on this 2D Metroidvania adventure, punching his way through the Iron Dogs forces in battles that are easy to deal with at first but quickly escalate, and soon it becomes apparent that even standard encounters pose a significant risk if you’re ill-prepared or careless.

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