Zeno Clash is a fighting game mixed with first person shooter elements.
The gameplay has a strong focus on melee fighting that blends with
ranged combat using unconventional weapons. In an interview the
developers have said the game is "like Dark Messiah meets Double
Dragon", citing that they have drawn a lot of inspiration from fighting
games including versus screens sliding in before combat is initiated.
game is set in the world of Zenozoik, where the player visits extreme
and exotic places. In addition to the single-player story, Challenge
Mode allows the player to defeat enemies while climbing a tower. The
results are ranked through Steam Friends every time the player beats a
tower floor's final boss.
The story takes place in a fictional
world called Zenozoik, and begins in a large town called Halstedom. The
game commences with Ghat (the game's protagonist) regaining
consciousness after setting off an explosion which kills Father-Mother,
a hermaphrodite creature which has raised a large and influential
family. Ghat is one of Father-Mother's children, who has turned on her
for unknown reasons. He is run out of town by his brothers and sisters
seeking to kill him, and is banished from his family. He is accompanied
by a female companion named Deadra.
During their travels away
from Halstedom, Ghat explains through partially interactive flashbacks
the events that led up to his attempt on Father-Mother's life. One of
the first things that is mentioned is that he lived for a time with the
Corwid of the Free, the insane residents of the forests of Zenozoïk.
While he has turned away from his past life as a Corwid, his brothers
and sisters still consider him as one. Ghat still harbours a sense of
admiration for the single-mindedness of Corwids. Regardless, when he
encounters them a fight ensues.
Later on Deadra and Ghat reach a
large desert area. When Ghat returns from hunting rabbit-like
creatures, he discovers a blind mercenary known only as Hunter,
pointing a rifle at Deadra's head while she sleeps. The Hunter reveals
that he was sent after them by Ghat's family, and was instructed to
kill both him and Deadra. Ghat pleads for her life, and the Hunter
agrees to let her live if Ghat will come to a secluded area with him to
fight. After a lengthy struggle Ghat manages to defeat the Hunter and
then leaves with Deadra.
Ghat and Deadra eventually reach the
end of the world. It is there that they meet Golem, an ancient being
sent by an unknown group of people to wait there until he was needed.
Golem appears to be omniscient, and has a complete knowledge of Ghat
and Father-Mother's conflict, which he says he will end, along with all
Upon Ghat's return to the city, he is
confronted by his angry brothers and sisters once more. After this
confrontation, a heavily wounded Father-Mother reveals herself, showing
that she is still alive. She declares another fight with Ghat to end
the strife once and for all. A ferocious battle ensues, in which Ghat
defeats Father-Mother once more. With Father-Mother at his mercy, he
decides neither to kill her, nor reveal his secret. However, Golem does
not share that merciful perspective. Golem reveals Father-Mother's
secret to all of those who believe to be her children. He states that
Father-Mother is a male creature, which steals children and raises them
as his own. After Golem reveals the secret, he gives some closing
words, and the game ends.