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Tales of Kenzera: ZAU Brings A Metroidvania Rich With Culture | CGM

With just over 10 days left until the debutante title from Surgent Studios, Tales of Kenzera: ZAU launches, the team at Surgent has lifted the veil on culture.

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Tales of Kenzera: ZAU (XS) Review | VGChartz

VGChartz's Lee Mehr: "Reminiscent of The Last Case of Benedict Fox, Tales of Kenzera: ZAU feels like 2024's definitive example of mismanaging Metroidvania 101 tenets. And it's a shame to be that harsh when its inspiration feels like a wonderful antidote to the soulless company (EA) backing it and the commercialized entity (TGA) which first advertised it. Through an impassioned sense of grief, Abubakar Salim wanted to craft a story that authentically tries to wrestle with those same feelings. That's a great achievement of the medium as a potential creative outlet. Unfortunately, though, it's saddled to a haphazardly-designed game that falls short of sustaining that enthusiasm and squaring up against its contemporaries."

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Examining Tales of Kenzera: ZAU's soundscape of grief with composer Nainita Desai

Antony writes: "We talk with composer Nainita Desai on how she poured grief and acceptance into Tales of Kenzera: ZAU's stirring soundtrack."

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Tales of Kenzera: Zau review - Crown Not Lost | TechStomper

"Tales of Kenzera: Zau is a light Metroidvania that would bring a tear to a glass eye - a personal and moving tale in a stunning game world."

- Stuart Cullen, TechStomper

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