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  • Summary: The Signal From Tölva is an open-world first-person shooter set on a distant, haunted, future world. Unlock savage weapons and recruit robots to fight alongside you as rival factions struggle to discover the source of the mysterious signal. What you discover will decide the fate of a world.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 10, 2017
    80
    The Signal From Tölva is easily Big Robot's best game yet: a lean, intelligent sci-fi shooter with a watchmaker’s eye for detail that knows its strengths and plays to them beautifully.
  2. Apr 28, 2017
    72
    It falls a bit flat on some of the more traditional fronts for an open-world shooter, but The Signal From Tölva still makes for an atmospheric, absorbing trek across a strange and ancient landscape. Impressive effort.
  3. Apr 19, 2017
    70
    The Signal from Tölva will appeal science fiction and robots lovers. Although they don't explain the plot well enough, you'll enjoy the gameplay engaging in battle robotic factions and exploring the planet. In addition, the graphic art of the title and sound effects will make us feel in Tölva, wanting to discover the origin of the mysterious sign that took us there in the first place.
  4. Games Master UK
    Jun 20, 2017
    68
    A small game in a big universe. Tolva is a slow burner more about exploration than combat. [June 2017, p.70]
  5. CD-Action
    Jun 7, 2017
    65
    A light, short and pretty Far Cry clone with robots. It seems to me the developers implemented all their basic ideas and then ran out of money, willingness or skills to push the game a bit more, towards true uniqueness. [06/2017, p.68]
  6. Apr 10, 2017
    65
    The Signal From Tölva serves up a promising sci-fi concept, one that is made more intriguing by the ability to manipulate robot factions and some occasional awe-inspiring sights and sounds. But sometimes a slow burn can be a bit too slow thanks to its plodding movement speed, and that’s the case here. If you’re willing to wade through some deliberate pacing and lots of walking between repetitious shootouts with similar robot enemies, there are some intriguing bursts of action and sci-fi lore waiting for you on the hills of Tölva.
  7. Apr 13, 2017
    64
    Instead of an open world Big Robot should have worked on variety. But even with the predominantly simple run-and-gun-mechanics it is quite fascinating to unravel Tölva's mysteries.

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  1. Apr 10, 2017
    10
    The Signal from Tölva, a mysterious name inspired by the icelandic word for 'number prophet', which transcribes to 'computer.
    The game starts
    The Signal from Tölva, a mysterious name inspired by the icelandic word for 'number prophet', which transcribes to 'computer.
    The game starts by a cinematic intro of your faction 'Broker' uploading you into one of the planets faction 'The Surveyors' Robot, blending you in with them as they are friendly/neutral with you.
    You get three guns, a powerful pistol, a mid-long range assault rifle and a strong sniper rifle.
    You are introduced to a small tutorial that gives you all the information you need to get going with your journey.
    Once you get the hang of the controls and the abilities of your robot (you have an activable plasma shield and various spells/abilities at your disposal) you are sent to explore the area and investigate about the signal on this planet called Tölva.
    The graphics are astounding, the atmosphere is STALKER-ish and the music has an eerie feeling of deja-heard from Silent Hill.
    You will be fighting against two factions, the Zealots and the Bandits.
    The Bandits fight for territory and will constantly assault your bunkers while the Zealots are more interested in the ancient relics and ruins which they will protect tooth and bone.
    The Surveyors, your faction, will help you out by capturing, assaulting or exploring with you.

    It is appreciable that the ressource system is unlike the other modern AAA games, you collect orbs/cubes that give you a currency called 'Ressources' which you will use to upgrade your characters weapons, abilities, armors and hazard shields.

    There is a day and night cycle and each has an unique and aesthetic look to it, nights are dark and gritty, reminding you a lot of Kholat, while days are shiny and blinding akin to Far Cry.

    There are many subtleties to the gameplay elements presented to you but i will leave the mystery for you to solve, for a low price tag of 19.99$ the game is very well worth a buy.
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