Ten times as good as the cover would lead you to believe.
Josh used to work for Wisdom, a shady organization that wanted to mix souls with a metal called Orichalcum in order to produce Legacy, incredibly powerful weapons, he used to work for them until they bound Eliel, his girlfriend, into Oricalchum, Bionic Commando anyone? The story is just a means to an end, characters are pretty much as shallow as they get, the writing is cheesy and straight to the point, and the plot never pulls twists or turns, and that's alright. The game doesn't aim to create an "emotional experience", this isn't a modern game after all, so if you want a deep narrative, avoid it at all costs.
The game also places a couple of puzzles per stage, usually you have to use one of the few weapons that have an Action that isn't a dodge. The Rod, for example, can be used to perform a high jump, and then in mid-air, you have to switch to Unarmed in order to be able to hang from a ledge. Or maybe, switch to the Chain Sword in order to hook to the wall on the other end and cross the gap. They are not very complicated, and they are a nice change of pace. There's another feature which I loathed, QTEs, at any time a cut-scene may start that requires you to press a button in order to avoid taking damage. These are far more frequent than what I would've liked, to be fair the way they are presented make it feel as if you were playing an arcade game, pretty cool, but I'm not a fan of QTEs...
Confusingly enough, some levels are very wide and open, with plenty of places to jump on to, but there's nothing to find. Actually, there are three minigames(Survival, Boss Rush, 3 Minute Battle), but there's nothing else, no health packs nor energy recharges(These two are enemy drops, actually), there's nothing for you to find. The game has 7 stages in all, of varying length, and the game can be completed in about 4 hours. Clearing the game unlocks a new, overpowered, weapon and not much more, but it's a very replayable game, so it's no biggie.
Eve of Extinction is a very ambitious game thanks to it's large amount of weapons, it's a shame the combat wasn't as deep as it could've. It's also pretty repetitive, but it's so short that it ends before you get bored. I had fun with E.O.E., it's pretty decent at what it does, it just needed a bit more ironing.
6.5 out of 10.