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  • Summary: Returnal transforms roguelike gameplay into a third-person shooter where players fight to survive a hostile planet that changes with every death. Players can switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger and can get right back into the action after dying. PS5’sReturnal transforms roguelike gameplay into a third-person shooter where players fight to survive a hostile planet that changes with every death. Players can switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger and can get right back into the action after dying. PS5’s immersive 3D audio brings the alien world to life around the player, helping players navigate the intense positional combat. Expand
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  1. May 12, 2021
    100
    To enjoy Returnal you have to abandon the idea of accomplishment, and stop looking for the breadcrumb trail of pleasing achievements that typically pulls you through a game. Forget about making progress. Forget about seeing the end. Once you do that, you can lose yourself in the near-infinite pleasure of the movement and combat, and the near-infinite mystery and creeping horror of Atropos. Every try is different, and yet also the same. But, with the right mindset, you can find meaning and pleasure in that instead of despair.
  2. Apr 29, 2021
    95
    Returnal is a challenging, atmospheric and creative experience that boasts amazingly smooth and satisfying gameplay. Add in an intriguing narrative, graphical excellence and some impressive utilisation of the DualSense controller and Returnal might just be an instant PlayStation classic.
  3. May 4, 2021
    90
    Housemarque reminds audiences that it’s got the chops to be one of the premier-tier game developers with Returnal. The game is wholly difficult with a roster of powerful enemies and bosses to overcome, but also gives the player everything they need in order to succeed. The game just gets better and better as you go on, as recognizing patterns and learning to adapt is endlessly rewarding. Despite some issues with RNG, it’s hard to knock this creepy sci-fi adventure. Returnal is a must-play PS5 exclusive for any roguelike fan itching for their latest challenge.
  4. Apr 29, 2021
    88
    Housemarque did a great job creating a bigger, more ambitious game than before. A fun experience that PS5 players will love.
  5. Apr 29, 2021
    84
    Returnal is one of the surprises of this 2021. Housemarque creates a strong shooter that demonstrates the capabilities of PS5.
  6. Apr 29, 2021
    80
    Though the ending doesn’t fully deliver on the hours of build-up, it’s still a worthwhile tale to explore. The combination of roguelike design with third-person bullet-hell gameplay mechanics is a true treat, keeping players on their toes and continuously challenging them to get better. Returnal can get repetitive, particularly in the second half due to the repetition of layouts and long bouts between the biomes. Still, the addictive, fast-paced nature of the gameplay helps keep players engaged. Holding it all together is a beautiful presentation filled with next-gen flair and spectacular audio design. Housemarque has done a wonderful job with Returnal and it’s well worth living, dying and repeating to get to the final credits.
  7. Apr 29, 2021
    60
    This lack of variety in the style of play makes every run feel samey, and they begin to blur together. That leads to a roteness that made me want to put down the game when I was struggling with the difficulty. I like challenging games, but roguelites need to walk a fine line between familiarity and routine. Familiarity is the warm embrace of something that feels like home. Routine is boredom, and it is poison for a game like this.

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  1. May 2, 2021
    10
    Excelente jogo! Gostei da dinamica roogue like. Poderia ter pwlo menos um checkpoint para desligar o ps5 e voltar de onde paramos mas não atrapalha.
  2. May 1, 2021
    10
    Dualsense features are nuts! this game can be really challenging, you may or may not like it.
  3. May 1, 2021
    10
    A brilliant game. I was sceptical because this is my first roguelike game I have ever played and yes, it is hard af. All souls games seemed toA brilliant game. I was sceptical because this is my first roguelike game I have ever played and yes, it is hard af. All souls games seemed to be hard at the beginning but "practice makes you perfect definitely" so I beated all souls-like game on the market with big smile on my face.
    Atmosphere, sound and graphics are just amazing, gameplay is so addictive. I love this game.
    Well done Housemarque!
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  4. May 3, 2021
    9
    Excellent game! Difficult fast paced hell shooter that will keep you on your toes. This game has no difficulty setting for a reason. You areExcellent game! Difficult fast paced hell shooter that will keep you on your toes. This game has no difficulty setting for a reason. You are going to die and that is part of the game. The only down side is if I play this game I can't play it for just a couple minutes. You need to invest some time if you want to proceed as you can only keep important items each start. Niche game that is not going to please everyone but still very solid. If you are a casual gamer please beware. Expand
  5. May 1, 2021
    8
    It was a great game but i don't recommend this for all the people because it was a challenge.
  6. May 2, 2021
    4
    Boring, repetitive SLOG of a game. I like roguelikes, but this game lacks variety and fun. And for SEVENTY DOLLARS?!! That's absurd. Too badBoring, repetitive SLOG of a game. I like roguelikes, but this game lacks variety and fun. And for SEVENTY DOLLARS?!! That's absurd. Too bad Sony is so dirty and greedy they won't allow a refund. Game is trash. Stay away. Expand
  7. May 25, 2021
    0
    Game is good and well thought out enough and designed, and simply made for PS5's and Dualsense's bells and whistles. Graphics are great andGame is good and well thought out enough and designed, and simply made for PS5's and Dualsense's bells and whistles. Graphics are great and plays mostly at constant smooth 60fps for me and unlike many others I haven't experienced any crashes so far. But it's still a solid ZERO from me because of the downright unfair difficulty of it's gameplay and utter lack of any save function whatsoever. It's as if it's consciously designed to waste your as much of your time as possible. You put blood and sweat and time into your character and gear buildup during your play session, or "cycle" as they call it, and if you die owing to the unfairly difficult bosses and even the elite enemies, you lose ALL of it and get chucked back to beginning of the cycle where you start fresh, save for some meta progression that is saved (thank effing god!). I'm so done. Hours wasted!
    Buy this game if you plan to waste your life away trying to progress though this game with barely anything to show for it and have no problem hurling your controller at the TV and shouting expletives every time you unfairly die because some super overpowered enemy. Absolute **** game. I'm so done with this crap.
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