RWBY: The Game is an open world video game that features the cast of characters from the popular web series RWBY. The game is developed and published by Square Enix. The game was first released in North America, but afterwards also was available in other regions short after. The game is made in the same way as the series.
The game mainly follows the plot of the series, but also has some side-missions, and sometimes even normal missions, that don't appear in the series. The game has several game modes, which will be explained below. However the Story Mode has a story for each of the main characters, and each character fights in a way borrowed from other games.
The gameplay of RWBY is very complicated to explain. Every story in the Story Mode has a different type of gameplay. What they all have in common though is that the game is an open world game. Each of the character's fighting styles borrow elements from various other, well-known, video games.
Ruby and Nora have a similar way of fighting. They are slap-stick fighters, button smashers. You mostly just fight your way through the enemies, without having a real tactic. You can defeat the enemies with their fighting style, but you can learn to understand the combo's in fighting to be a professional in their fighting style. Their style is based on games like; DmC: Devil May Cry, God of War and Dante's Inferno. The difference between Ruby and Nora is that Ruby is much faster but Nora is much stronger.
Weiss makes use of Dust in her fighting style. Unlike Ruby and Nora's fighting style, the one of Weiss is more structured. It is mainly based off the gameplay of the Kingdom Hearts series. There is a little menu in the bottom left corner that displays all the Dust she can use during combat. She also knows standard melee attacks that are also displayed there. She can also combine Dust with her Melee attacks to give it more effect.
Blake has two fighting styles mixed into one. She has a stealth mode and a freerun mode. In her stealth mode Blake can sneak around in the open world and can kill her opponents without being noticed. This also applies to her shooting. This style is based off Metal Gear Solid. In freerun mode Blake is able to climb on buildings and use her quick combat style to quickly eliminate big shrowds of enemies. This is mostly based on the Assassin's Creed series.
Yang and Ren share a similar fighting style. They both mainly use close combat, with some few long range attacks shot from their guns. They have a fighting style similar to the Batman: Arkham City series. Is is mostly close combat and ramming into the foes. Ren is somewhat more structured than Yang and also can use his blades during fighting. However Ren's gunshots do less damage than Yang's but he can sleep more rapidly.
Jaune's fighting style is very basic. He simply swings with his sword and deflects with his shield. You could compare his fighting style with the one of The Legend of Zelda series. He has to rely on his tactics or else he won't be able to survive in combat. Defeating enemies takes longer with him than others, but he gain much more experience.
Pyrrha makes use of a special system which is similar to the one of Final Fantasy XIII. She can switch between three forms; her sniper, her spear and her shield. She mostly is long range but can fight on close range too. She is very fast, but more aimed to big shrowds of enemies, instead of large and strong enemies. When faced a strong enemy she has to apply more tactic to her fighting style.
Glynda and Crimson both have a similar fighting style. They both make great use of the Dust avaible for them, however they greatly different. Glynda is more structured in using her Dust, has a greater defense and good Dust. Crimson is more destructive, thus has more power and uses dark Dust. They could be compared with the good and bad version of Cole in InFAMOUS only with more special abilities.
Adam is a quick and strong character at the same time. You could compate him with Ruby, but he is more structured in fighting. I think he is good compared to the gameplay in Ninja Gaiden 3. He mostly uses his 'katana' for his attack and occasionally uses his gun in battle, that's why. He is more the classic type of samurai.
We only know from Roman that he can shoot with his cane, so nothing much to compare him with. Miltia and Melanie both are quick fighters. While Miltia fights with her claws and Melanie with her heels, I don't know what to compare them with. Junior can be seen as a brute fighter who also can shoot his rockets, you could compare him to Lagune from Final Fantasy VIII.
In Story Mode you are able to play as the four girls from team RWBY. When you start the game you can choose to play the story of Ruby, Weiss, Blake or Yang. The story of each girl will go similar to how the plot in the show goes. However in the open spots (for example Blake's absence in 2 episodes) other missions will fill those spots that don't appear in the show.
The game also has throphy support so you will get achievements when accomplished certain things. The objectives to achieve the achievements also can be viewed in the trophy menu. On certain points in the story you can also unlock the stories of other major character like team JNPR.
In battle mode you can play as a wide variety of character who appeared in the RWBY universe. The battle mode has two sub-modes within it too.
In Versus Mode you can play as one of the character avaible for this mode. Versus Mode can be played in two forms. The first form is the same as Dissidia Final Fantasy in which you can customize the character's moves and level them up. You can also play in the 2D fighting style of Dead or Alive where all the characters have a list of combo's based on the the same moves they can equip in the other version. The versus mode is a refrence to Dead Fantasy an earlier series created by Monty Oum. It is up to two players.
In Team mode you can form a team of max four persons online and battle against other teams online. This also can be played in the Dissidia Final Fantasy and the Dead or Alive style.
In Survival Mode you have to fight hordes of Grimm with a single character. Unlike Versus Mode each character has its own battle style like in the Story Mode. You just have to survive as long as you can. There three environments you can play in; Emerald Forest and two unknown ones. This is up to two players too.
Dance Mode is a special version in the game in which you select a character, from RWBY, and then dance to a song by hitting the buttons displayed on the screen. It is similar to how the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva game series work. You can let the girls dance in their own clothing, but also other customes that appeared in the show, and even ones that are special made for the game. Songs to dance on can be downloaded online for free.
|Name||Story Mode||Versus Mode||Dance Mode|
|Yang Xiao Long||Default||Yes||Yes|