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Gamevil is putting the final touches on their action fighting game Hybrid: Eternal Whisper which is scheduled to be submitted to Apple as early as next week.

We first heard about this title coming to iPhone back in June, and Gamevil has since been working hard to adapt it to the iPhone and to the U.S. market. The game is a hybrid of action, adventure and RPG genres and one that we haven't quite seen before. Hybrid is an action fighting game at its core with an extensive skills upgrade system and RPG elements. These levels are tied together with an extensive story line.

IMG_0156You play the role of Grey a young kid with a mysterious history who is looking to defend his land and avenge his brother. The story walks you through your training which teaches you how to fight. The D-Pad offers movement and an action button for attacks. Grey also has two different sword grips: standard and reverse. The two grips are more effective for different scenarios and can be combined together to form longer attacks. But this is just the beginning.

Additional special attacks and skills are introduced over time and there appear to be a massive number of possibilities. As you can see from the Skills page shown later in the video, I've only unlocked a few of the dozens of possibilities. In the video, you can see the Salamander magical attack which is invoked by a diagonal swipe of the screen.

As mentioned, the game is a series of fights strung together with a story. Surviving the fight is, of course, the ultimate goal, but you also get graded on your style and performance with each fight. As you level up and pick up items from enemies, you can upgrade your personal stats and equip stronger weapons and defensive items. The game is punctuated with boss fights and as the foes get harder, you will have to master your attacks to be able to prevail.

Like Zenonia, it appears Hybrid will offer a massive amount of gameplay time. We'll give some full impressions after we have some more practice at the game and get much deeper into it. Hybrid is scheduled to be submitted to Apple as early as next week.

  • eggzbacon

    EARLY AS NEXT WEEK??????????
    OMG I cant wait!!!!

  • eggzbacon

    EARLY AS NEXT WEEK??????????
    OMG I cant wait!!!!

  • yournothere

    Cant believe their submitting it tomorrow. But i hate that we need to wait till its approved.

  • yournothere

    Cant believe their submitting it tomorrow. But i hate that we need to wait till its approved.

  • ShadowsFall

    can't wait for Modern Combat, Hybird, Ngmoco's FPS, Touchpets, and etc. coming out in september (for ngmoco's fps and Touchpets, not shure but most likely coming out in september)

  • ShadowsFall

    can't wait for Modern Combat, Hybird, Ngmoco's FPS, Touchpets, and etc. coming out in september (for ngmoco's fps and Touchpets, not shure but most likely coming out in september)

  • JoshC.

    Looks like a lot of button mashing...

  • JoshC.

    Looks like a lot of button mashing...

  • nizy

    That looks a bit like Muramasa on the Wii, just slightly less beautiful!

  • nizy

    That looks a bit like Muramasa on the Wii, just slightly less beautiful!

  • Tim

    Hmm... looks like gameplay is similar to final fight and other 2.5D beat-em-up games. Only this is an Anime-Type version.

    I will wait for a review before I buy... As things progress with Zenonia 2 on the other hand... I am actually getting excited despite the massive drawbacks that the first one had.

    tim

  • Tim

    Hmm... looks like gameplay is similar to final fight and other 2.5D beat-em-up games. Only this is an Anime-Type version.

    I will wait for a review before I buy... As things progress with Zenonia 2 on the other hand... I am actually getting excited despite the massive drawbacks that the first one had.

    tim

  • jase23

    What we really need is a game like Shadow Complex, which was just released on as a downloadable game for the XBox360. But this game will also be a welcome addition to the App store.

  • jase23

    What we really need is a game like Shadow Complex, which was just released on as a downloadable game for the XBox360. But this game will also be a welcome addition to the App store.

  • Streets

    Guys, you have to try this, it is outstanding, it is amazing it is in my top 3 apps of all time. Period. I am forfeiting the chance of getting the PSP Go just because Gamevil is developing for the iPhone. It is imperative you buy this; or you don't like video games, period.

    • WeirdingWay

      Your last statement was idiotic. No one has to buy a specific game to prove they enjoy video games. Expect the people who enjoyed Zenonia to pick this up...but people who really weren't even remotely interested in it won't likely pick this up.

  • Streets

    Guys, you have to try this, it is outstanding, it is amazing it is in my top 3 apps of all time. Period. I am forfeiting the chance of getting the PSP Go just because Gamevil is developing for the iPhone. It is imperative you buy this; or you don't like video games, period.

    • WeirdingWay

      Your last statement was idiotic. No one has to buy a specific game to prove they enjoy video games. Expect the people who enjoyed Zenonia to pick this up...but people who really weren't even remotely interested in it won't likely pick this up.

  • Jeff

    you sure? the video looks really slow and sluggish imo. Can't imagine doing that for hours. Hopefully the story isn't rubbish like in Zenonia. And they seriously needa get rid of the stereotype of fighting random cute animals/plants in rpg's...

    • http://www.rpg-fanatics.de crishnak

      "And they seriously needa get rid of the stereotype of fighting random cute animals/plants in rpg's…"

      You´re damn right. I wouldn´t even know why I should chop flowers for experience, when there are evil mages, skeletons and hellspawns to kill.

      Would love to play some medieval RPG, besides Underworlds, which wasn´t that good. Maybe if Blizzard ever recognizes mobile platforms. ;)

      • WeirdingWay

        They do. It's called the Armory and the Authenticator. They'll bother with games likely AFTER they've finished SCII, Diablo III, Cataclysm, and their new MMO. Thank god they aren't wasting a moment developing games for the iPhone because millions have been waiting a very long time for these AAA titles to come out (excluding the MMO which no one knows anything about yet...but it will likely be a winner, too).

  • Jeff

    you sure? the video looks really slow and sluggish imo. Can't imagine doing that for hours. Hopefully the story isn't rubbish like in Zenonia. And they seriously needa get rid of the stereotype of fighting random cute animals/plants in rpg's...

    • http://www.rpg-fanatics.de crishnak

      "And they seriously needa get rid of the stereotype of fighting random cute animals/plants in rpg's…"

      You´re damn right. I wouldn´t even know why I should chop flowers for experience, when there are evil mages, skeletons and hellspawns to kill.

      Would love to play some medieval RPG, besides Underworlds, which wasn´t that good. Maybe if Blizzard ever recognizes mobile platforms. ;)

      • WeirdingWay

        They do. It's called the Armory and the Authenticator. They'll bother with games likely AFTER they've finished SCII, Diablo III, Cataclysm, and their new MMO. Thank god they aren't wasting a moment developing games for the iPhone because millions have been waiting a very long time for these AAA titles to come out (excluding the MMO which no one knows anything about yet...but it will likely be a winner, too).

  • Rita

    I will get this, no doubt

  • Rita

    I will get this, no doubt

  • Altrez

    That looks SLOOOOOOW Why would anyone want to play a game that looks like it is very poorly coded? I love games like this don't get me wrong. However the character looks like he is moving in slow mo.

    • WeirdingWay

      It's no faster than Zenonia. Watch it again...he does plenty of speedy dashes. I think what bothers you is the framerate. This isn't a PS2.

  • Altrez

    That looks SLOOOOOOW Why would anyone want to play a game that looks like it is very poorly coded? I love games like this don't get me wrong. However the character looks like he is moving in slow mo.

    • WeirdingWay

      It's no faster than Zenonia. Watch it again...he does plenty of speedy dashes. I think what bothers you is the framerate. This isn't a PS2.

  • arta

    There's nothing wrong with the speed of the game. I just wish the characters were bigger (aka zoomed in a bit) and the animation more fluid.

  • arta

    There's nothing wrong with the speed of the game. I just wish the characters were bigger (aka zoomed in a bit) and the animation more fluid.

  • Moroboshi

    Standards are higher for iPhone games now, and this just doesn't cut it. It looks too slow, and shows it origins from small screen cell phones too much.

  • Moroboshi

    Standards are higher for iPhone games now, and this just doesn't cut it. It looks too slow, and shows it origins from small screen cell phones too much.

  • cookiemonster

    looks like a solid side scroller hearkening back to the days of golden axe or altered beast :)

  • cookiemonster

    looks like a solid side scroller hearkening back to the days of golden axe or altered beast :)

  • http://blog.masslive.com/comicbookzeitgeist/ Cay

    Sweet, it's like Legend of Mana for the iPhone. Can't wait to see if they can pull it off!

  • http://blog.masslive.com/comicbookzeitgeist/ Cay

    Sweet, it's like Legend of Mana for the iPhone. Can't wait to see if they can pull it off!

  • Ryan

    Hey i just beat the game...and ts amazing...i couldnt put it down for the longets time! I had to charge my Itouch 3 times day!...Its actually a pretty good game! i highly recomend this game to anybody who like a good game!...And if you happened to like Zenonia, this game is WAY better...not even close...

  • Ryan

    Hey i just beat the game...and ts amazing...i couldnt put it down for the longets time! I had to charge my Itouch 3 times day!...Its actually a pretty good game! i highly recomend this game to anybody who like a good game!...And if you happened to like Zenonia, this game is WAY better...not even close...

  • Ivysaurus

    I love this Game. I got 2 days ago and just finished it :] its hard to find the hidden stages : Im a little confused on where fairy and grey come from though because of the whole space dimention thing it confuses me lol. but anywhoo... I love this game :DD

  • Ivysaurus

    I love this Game. I got 2 days ago and just finished it :] its hard to find the hidden stages :\ Im a little confused on where fairy and grey come from though because of the whole space dimention thing it confuses me lol. but anywhoo... I love this game :DD