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COGEN: Sword of Rewind Review

One tough time-manipulating adventure

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 on

COGEN: Sword of Rewind is also available for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

COGEN: Sword of Rewind is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

As if we didn't have enough great 2D action games recently, here's the exceptionally clever and challenging COGEN: Sword of Rewind.

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Don't you hate when things leap up from pits?

COGEN: Sword of Rewind has you play as Kohaku Otori who discovers a magic sword known as ExeBreaker that has the ability to rewind time with its Ouroboros System. Although she has no memory of why she's in a strange compound, Kohaku soon finds out that her city of COGEN is in ruins so she ventures forth on a mission to discover just what the heck is going on. Kohaku is a delightful character with a bubbly personality and her living sword ExeBreaker is more straightforward albeit with some sense of humour that shines through on occasion. I loved watching the dialogue scenes complete with Japanese voice acting and expressive character artwork, especially whenever Kohaku pulls a goofy face to punctuate a silly comment. I love it when games are this charming and the music is great, too. v1d30chumz 3-237-29-69

At its core, COGEN: Sword of Rewind is a simple game to control as all you do is run, jump, dash, and attack with a sword; kind of like Zero. You can also dodge via a backward roll and another button is used to interact with things. What makes the gameplay interesting is that you can rewind up to 3 seconds whenever your gauge is filled. Meanwhile, you have no health meter because one simple hit will end Kohaku's life but whenever that happens, you can simply rewind time. The only way you will have to restart at the previous checkpoint is if you take damage after your gauge is depleted. This mechanic is handled impressively well and it makes an already difficult game even more challenging, especially considering the fact that you constantly have to deal with tricky scenarios in rapid succession. 😅

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Hey, look; I found a hidden thingy!

That's right; COGEN: Sword of Rewind is a super-tough game so if you're not a hardcore 2D action game fan then you'll likely get too frustrated to progress past a few stages. On the flipside, if you relish this sort of challenge like I do then you're in for a real treat as you skillfully tear through levels and practice perfecting your timing. In fact, there is a substantial amount of replay value within the campaign as you can aim to improve your score on each stage, discover shortcuts, and try to unlock some exceptionally challenging trophies that as of right now, I can't comprehend achieving. On the downside, the campaign is quite short as it only consists of 5 stages but once you complete it, you're tasked with playing them again and without spoiling anything; it's much, much more difficult.

One aspect of COGEN: Sword of Rewind that really stands out is its stage designs which are often jaw-dropping as you conquer oodles of super-clever scenarios throughout. For example, some parts have patrolling guards that make things a lot tougher for you if you get spotted, there are occasional platforming segments that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and you can hit projectiles and bombs back at foes to watch them explode which is always satisfying. Oh, and the boss fights are some of the best in the genre as you slowly learn tactics at each attempt for efficiently taking them down. The last couple of bosses took me a great deal of effort to topple and it felt excellent to finally watch them bite the dust. Just thinking about it makes me want to play through it all again. 😄

On the downside, there is no character growth at all in COGEN: Sword of Rewind as you don't level-up or acquire any sort of equipment or additional abilities. This makes its gameplay not as fully-featured or as customizable as I would have liked it to be. However, one cool extra is that the super-tough second campaign features collectibles that add some replay value in addition to aiming for better ranks. There's also DLC with the crossover character of Copen from Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2 being available now which is cool. Now that I think about it, it's interesting how both of these games feature crossover DLC and a character named Kohaku yet Luminous Avenger iX 2 is rather easy while COGEN: Sword of Rewind is one of the hardest games that I've ever played in my life.

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Looks like Kohaku is getting a hole burned into her sock

If you really want to flex your gaming skills then COGEN: Sword of Rewind will completely blow you away with its super-tough challenges and clever gameplay that'll keep you coming back for more. It may be short but it's jam-packed with greatness.

  • + Intense 2D action with clever scenarios and relentless combat
  • + Charming characters and solid story
  • + Mastering levels provides a hearty challenge
  • - Will only appeal to hardcore 2D action fans
  • - Exceptionally short 5 stage campaign
  • - Could use some sort of character growth
8.3 out of 10
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