Defensive brawler Way of the Passive Fist is out now

Way of the Passive Fist is a different breed of beat 'em up. Most single-player brawlers are all about rolling through levels like a wrecking ball and chaining together flashy attacks, but Household Games' indie fighter is all about defence. You parry and dodge your opponents' blows, tiring them out until you can simply nudge them over nonchalantly. It's out today, and might be worth checking out.

You'll be fighting large groups of enemies, but they'll face you one at a time, giving you plenty of opportunity to patiently block their combos as you watch their stamina bar deplete. If you time your parries and dodges just right you'll build up your own combo meter, which you can spend to fight back. Your rebuttals range from punches to a 'Super Attack' that kills any enemies in sight.

You play as The Wanderer, setting out to save Zircon V, an old mining colony. The game has both story and arcade modes as well as deep difficult customisation, so you can play with lots of sliders until it's as easy, or as hard, as you want it to be.

It's certainly different, and could be one for players that like fighting games but not the button mashing that comes with them. The aesthetic is straight out of the 90s, which will instantly appeal to some.

It's $15/£11.39 on Steam (opens in new tab) and the Humble Store (opens in new tab), if you're interested.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.