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Slain is one of those games that isn't afraid to wear its influences proudly on its sleeve. It's got a healthy dose of Castlevania coursing through its veins, which is certainly a good thing in our book. Also, it'll hit Steam by the end of the month.

Originally known as The 7 Towers, the team at Wolf Brew Games and Digerati Distribution have decided to change the name of their upcoming action romp to something a bit more metal. The game is now known as Slain, and it looks a lot like what you would get if the beloved Symphony of the Night was run through a blender with a Metallica album cover. Along with a growling guitar-heavy soundtrack, the game boasts boatloads of blood, a hero with long silver hair and a massive sword, as well as oodles of giant wolf statues. Nothing says “metal” quite like giant wolf statues. Here's a look at the game in action.

See what I'm saying about that whole Castlevania vibe? The game is an action-heavy platformer at heart but, as you see several times in the above trailer, you'll be doing some backtracking, flipping some switches, and figuring out some environmental puzzles in order to progress.

Along the way, you'll have plenty of baddies to pulverize, including all manner of things that go bump in the night. We're talking walking bat monsters, zombies, skeletons, werewolves, the works. And while your sword will be your primary means of making those things die quite violently, it looks like you'll have a few spells up your sleeve as well, including beams that can be shot out in front of you or a wave of energy that appears to clear all small baddies from the screen in one go. You can also douse your sword in flames, which probably comes in handy when battling giant Groot-like tree demons.

According to Slain's Steam description, the game is going to be pretty violent. Yeah...We kinda got that from the rad trailer.
A heavy metal inspired combat-puzzle with gore galore. Stunning visuals and true old school gameplay accompanied by the most metal soundtrack you've ever heard. Prepare to be Slain!

Slain will arrive on Steam in just a couple of short weeks on Jan. 27. If you're a fan of the Metroid games, or perhaps the sadly overlooked BloodRayne: Betrayal, this might be something worth checking out. And in case you're not gaming on PC, the trailer promises that Slain will be heading to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One sometime “early” this year. Hopefully the console crowd won't have to wait much longer than the Steam folks. These types of games aren't nearly as common as they used to be, so Slain should come as a breath of fresh air amidst all of the hyper realistic adventure games and military first-person shooters.