The combat in Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn feels a bit floaty, but at least its café staff have ten hands

How do you like your coffee? For those who answer: “served by a barista with ten arms wearing a mask adorned with intense scarlet lipstick”, you are in luck. The multi-limbed coffee shop owner of Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is, indeed, a reassuring sight, since they are the ones who sell the player fashionable jackets and trousers to wear while you axe enemy heads to bloody fragments. In this soon-to-sally-forth soulslike from the makers of Ashen, the creature design is a highlight. Whether it’s a good souls ’em up remains to be seen. I’ve only played a couple of hours in the Steam Next Fest demo. But I want to make clear that, among the reservations I’ve collected on my murder jaunt, nothing will diminish the espresso-pumping hand-haver of the game’s first café.

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