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  • Summary: Explore whimsical Snaktooth Island in search of answersand a snack, maybe.
    In this first-person adventure, you play as a journalist who receives a mysterious film from the disgraced explorer, Elizabert Megafig. She's invited you to Snaktooth Island to witness her latest and greatest
    Explore whimsical Snaktooth Island in search of answersand a snack, maybe.
    In this first-person adventure, you play as a journalist who receives a mysterious film from the disgraced explorer, Elizabert Megafig. She's invited you to Snaktooth Island to witness her latest and greatest discovery: Bugsnax! Lured by the promise of a great story, you travel to the island to interview Elizabert and her group of misfit grumpuses. In the pursuit of your big scoop, you get caught up in hunting Bugsnax, feeding grumpuses, and solving the mysteries of the island

    * What are these half-bug half-snack creatures, really?
    * How do they affect the bodies of those who eat them?
    * And most importantly, why do they taste SO GOOD!?
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Dec 14, 2020
    90
    Bugsnax leans heavily on the unique nature of its titular creatures, and it succeeds by doing so. They’re cute, they’re creepy, and their existence makes no logical sense whatsoever. Armed with a bit of design this indelible, the developers could have phoned in the rest and raked in the merchandising money. Instead, they fully committed to delivering a narrative worthy of the creatures starring in it. It was a risky choice, but it was also a daring and clever one, and that’s exactly what it wants to be.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2020
    80
    While far from pushing PS5 to its technical limits, this is definitely one of the most delightful launch titles. Dial ‘D’ for ‘different’ to learn how you can begin your own Snaktooth adventure. [Issue#182, p.134]
  3. Gamer.nl
    Dec 4, 2020
    80
    Finding and collecting the many Bugsnax is as much fun as discovering the island and immersing yourself in the lives of the Grumpuses. The result is a humorous and entertaining adventure that will keep you interested until the end.
  4. Dec 4, 2020
    75
    A surprisingly strong story carries you through this colourful adventure, that constantly manages to find new ways to keep the act of catching Bugsnax interesting. The graphics are a bit disappointing, though... but did that ever stop anyone from having a good time?
  5. Nov 16, 2020
    74
    In Bugsnax, the bugs are snacks and that's quite cool. Beyond that, its relaxing open-world objective-based gameplay is solid for winding down with after a long day but it doesn't really have much else going for it.
  6. Nov 22, 2020
    70
    Bugsnax will leave a lot of players behind because of its hunting mechanics sometimes lacking in precision, or even by its assumed childish side and its strange artistic direction.
  7. 60
    An ambitiously odd game that has an innovative take on Pokémon style gameplay and features some of the most intriguing characters of the year - but is rarely as much fun as it should be.

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  1. Negative: 17 out of 133
  1. Gaz
    Nov 20, 2020
    10
    Bugsnax is the true definition of a next-generation experience. Such a masterpiece in game design was only possible thanks to the power of theBugsnax is the true definition of a next-generation experience. Such a masterpiece in game design was only possible thanks to the power of the PS5. It's literally is incapable of existing on any other system, even NASA computers. That's how cutting edge it is. Bugsax drops you into one of the most immersive and jaw-dropping worlds I've ever seen. One where snacks are also bugs, but bugs are also snacks. It's this dichotomy which shapes the entire experience, which deals in the complexities of the endless cycle of life and death. Bugsnax clearly draws strong thematic elements from other narrative-driven games like Bioshock and Hardcore Henry to craft its many wonders.

    Graphically, the game is a powerhouse. It literally has the most graphics out of every other game out there with graphics, which is to say a lot of games. My jaw hit the floor the moment I saw this game's opening until the moment I stopped playing. It was literally on the floor for so long that a dust bunny crawled into the back of my mouth and I experienced several minutes of coughing and had to pause the game to drink water. Only Bugsnax has ever provided this level of enhanced sensation from a video game. The immersion almost killed me. Incredible.

    Bugsnax, like Skyrim and Shaq-Fu before it, sucks you into its immersive world and doesn't let go. I remember starting Skyrim during the day and exiting long after the sun goes down with me not even feeling time passing. This game goes even further. Thanks to the PS5's processing capabilities which utilize Gatorade Nitrocide liquid quantum programing, I played Bugsnax for what felt like an hour, but the experience lasted for several years. I'm actually typing this review from 2023 aboard the SONY space colony, which is powered exclusively by thousands of copies of Bugsnax running on the PS5. This technology was deemed too powerful by all Earth governments to use on the planet's surface so it needed to be brought to space in order to remain legal under international law. Incredible.

    Bugsnax rewards the player by really making them FEEL like Batman. The bond you share with your Bugsnax friends in the game is akin to the Persona and Telltale franchises and mixes it with the creativity of Minecraft. You are free to bind with your Bugsnax compatriots as much as you like and I actually got emotional during a few of the sequences. The power of the PS5 trains your brain to view the Bugsnax with the same neurons that you view your own children with. I suffered horrible post-partum depression after shutting the game off due to the realization that my Bugsnax children would never be real. And I'm a man, so I shouldn't even know what that feels like. I may require serious therapy because of the immersion Bugsnax provides. Incredible.

    In conclusion, Bugsnax isn't so much of a game as it is a way of life. Sony have outdone themselves with both the PS5 and Bugsnax in a way that unfortunately spells the doom of the video game industry. Since there's never been a game as good at Bugsnax, nor will another game ever top it in the future, there will be literally no reason for anyone to not buy a PS5 and simply play Bugsnax until the day they die, which is, in a word, incredible.
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  2. Nov 16, 2020
    10
    Amazing game, shows off the power of next-gen. Deep and complex story about bugs that are snacks
  3. Nov 13, 2020
    10
    Miyazaki's most ambitious title ever released, a completely new level in the souls-series which is a gaming marvel. Fans have waited so longMiyazaki's most ambitious title ever released, a completely new level in the souls-series which is a gaming marvel. Fans have waited so long on Bugsnax after a year and a half of no news nearly at all since the trailer in 2019. Hollowing fully, and questioning if the game even exists. It is a surreal experience for the community. But the surreality is in the game itself and with how incredible it is with the collaboration of legendary author George RR Martin. The voice acting, theme and script is incredible and on-par with any massive, legendary title. Fromsoft have taken a whole new initiative in an open-world with wandering bosses, politics, economy and covenant controlled regions or areas. In the verticality, brutality and atmospherics of the souls identity still masterfully in place. 330 hours in, and still feel like so much to do. They have absolutely won GOTY. Combat has sword play like Ghost of Tsushima but with heavier oof similarly to Dark Souls 1, but with Bloodborne's ferocity, axe-play like God of War and some of Sekiro's deflecting mechanics! Ooooh some of the best movement mechanics I have ever seen too. All the souls titles have seemed to come together and create the most in-depth game From has put out. Boss design is phenomenal and have carried on this the innovative, bizzare/horrifying and monstrous concepts. Some bosses wander well outside their 'scripted' locations and have very intelligent AI which is often terrifying. Such as rare behaviours where a boss climbs away and ambushes you later in an inconspicuous place. Most compelling is the illusive Glaive Master Hodir, the fights, mostly this one. Reduced me to tears, no film, nor game has ever done this to me. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2021
    9
    Man, what an amazing game. Going in, I expected this to be a great game unironically unlike some of the others who turned it into a meme,Man, what an amazing game. Going in, I expected this to be a great game unironically unlike some of the others who turned it into a meme, mostly since I loved Octodad, a thoroughly underrated indie gem. Not only does Bugsnax not disappoint, it blew my expectations out of the water. This is an amazing game everyone should pick up. Wacky yet engaging puzzle style gameplay that is deeply rewarding meets a (literally) colourful cast of characters, each of which are given care and attention by the devs as you see them develop as people and become better over the course of the game. While not a full 10/10 I still think this game deserved to be nominated for a Game of the Year award; it's something special and yet another hit from the Octodad devs, and was an absolute joy to platinum. I wish I could wipe my memories of this and just replay it; something I haven't felt since I watched Gravity Falls. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2021
    8
    A unique and fun experiences perfect when you just want a relaxing experience. Every character feels wholesome and like there is a bit of deptA unique and fun experiences perfect when you just want a relaxing experience. Every character feels wholesome and like there is a bit of dept to everyone I'm sure you're going to find one you feel attached to and understand. and the feeling of catching every single thing in this game is good it always feels like a puzzle to get dem is good. If you have a ps5 this is the best way to play it because the loading times on the PS4 version doesn't look that good Expand
  6. Jan 10, 2021
    8
    I did not have high expectations for Bugsnax but ended up liking it very much. It is a silly story-driven creature-collector with greatI did not have high expectations for Bugsnax but ended up liking it very much. It is a silly story-driven creature-collector with great characters and voice acting. The story is good in my opinion, manages to keep most of its mystery until the very end.
    The game's whole concept is somewhat silly and a bit weird but also entertaining at the same time. The art style might look childish but there are lots of mature references in the game.
    Bugsnax was perfect as the first ps5 ps+ game.
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  7. Nov 21, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. De lo peor que he visto en cuanto a juegos para niños, ni siquiera se le acerca al slime rancher que lo hace mínimamente bien Expand

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