I am not going to lie, I disliked this game very much. I loved the first one and I think the second one was decent but what on Earth happened here?
The clunky interface was annoying but I don't think there would be a better way on a console, except when you could turn or slide something, those parts were terrible. I generally don't care about grphics and I don't mind outdated but someI am not going to lie, I disliked this game very much. I loved the first one and I think the second one was decent but what on Earth happened here?
The clunky interface was annoying but I don't think there would be a better way on a console, except when you could turn or slide something, those parts were terrible. I generally don't care about grphics and I don't mind outdated but some moments really hit the uncanny valley due to weird models and animations of faces. The few actions scenes are also rather ridiculous because the animation just doesn't work with more complex movements.
Many of the areas are GIANT but almost empty or have several points of interest far away from each other. There are many loading screens (and running from one side to the other) but I luckily switched to PS5 for the second part of the game and I think they were much shorter then.
Voiceacting was good for the main characters and absolutely aweful with some minor roles. Especially one guy has a voiceactor who sounds some 20-30 years younger and it was really weird.
Puzzles were okay and mostly fun, not terribly challenging. I usually got stuck on missing a component or an item rather than not knowing what to do. As a matter of fact, I sometimes knew exactly what i need to do and then just couldn't find that one item or character. It didn't help that camera positiong tended to be weird or not follow Kate the same way every time so it got confusing sometimes.
In any case, the worst part was the story, which was ridiculous. I never really cought why everyone is after Kate and the Yukols, except for "these guy are evil so they do evil stuff". Maybe it was said and I forgot but I don't see why the bad guys cared about Kate in the first place. The lengths they go into in order to catch them are pretty weird, especially as they get absolutely nothing from it (they really do it just for the evulz).
Yukols are extremely annoying and somewhat offensive, I don't think they are a reference to a particular culture but I felt like they are a bizarre take on the noble savage trope, only here they are not just noble but also supposedly so pure they become cute (but they actually come across as incredibly dumb and like an attempt for "natural" culture that makes any indigenous people seem kinda funny and ridiculous). There was always an underlying theme of nostalgia and modernity meeting tradition in the series but they really throw it directly in your face all the time here. You also learn significantly less about the tribe compared to previous games, even though they keep babbling to you about traditional way of life without a stop.
There were definitely some bugs on PS4 even now. Several times, the interaction prompt stopped popping up for something but it was usually fine after I interacted with something else. Still annoying though and I had to load once but didn't really lose much progress.
There is only automatic saving, when you leave the game you will go back to the last time the game saved. The game saves fairly often but I still lost some progress every time and had to redo things.
All in all, this was not a great experience. Puzzles took time not because of difficulty but clunky interface and easily overlooked components. The story is weird and most characters unlikeable (I really liked only the Watcher at the end, which is basically a one-scene wonder). The game absolutely did not bring back the atmpsphere of the previous games (although it was mostly gone by S2 I guess).… Expand