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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 relentless nightmare that’s a dream to play. The journey is full of horror and terrible discoveries, but also unbridled curiosity and wonder. If you have the taste for it, this is an adventure that begs to be experienced.
  3. Apr 29, 2021
    90
    Returnal is a captivating PS5 exclusive which blends a third person shooter with several cornerstones of the roguelike/roguelite genre in an astounding result. Housemarque creates a challenging and rewarding gameplay delivering in every other aspect of the experience: graphics, sound and DualSense features above all. Then the plot...a complex and convoluted mystery that will definitely capture you.
  4. Apr 29, 2021
    90
    If you have a PS5 then you need Returnal. The game will absolutely trounce you with everything it’s got, but once the mechanics start to resonate and the overarching narrative gradually falls into place then it becomes near-impossible to put down. Returnal sets a new standard in the roguelike genre.
  5. Apr 29, 2021
    85
    Returnal is a shining technical achievement, possibly the best looking game on PlayStation 5. With addictive gunplay, a brutal learning curve, and a focus on exploration and temporary buffs, roguelike fans will be in heaven. Be warned though, the difficulty level is not for everyone. Though I learned to love Returnal with time, many players may walk away frustrated.
  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 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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  2. May 3, 2021
    10
    Gráfico foda, gráfico de nova geração. Até agora é o ÚNICO game com gráfico de nova geração. História a gameplay boas, nível de desafioGráfico foda, gráfico de nova geração. Até agora é o ÚNICO game com gráfico de nova geração. História a gameplay boas, nível de desafio interessante. Forte candidato ao GOTY caso não saia nada melhor por parte da Sony, pq do Xbox não vem mais nada que preste KKK Expand
  3. May 1, 2021
    10
    What a amazing game it was, I have never played a rogue like before and it was my first experience which was beautiful. HMQ really made a TrueWhat a amazing game it was, I have never played a rogue like before and it was my first experience which was beautiful. HMQ really made a True ps5 exclusive. Expand
  4. May 1, 2021
    10
    Asombroso juego, es sin duda un juegazo!!! la jugabilidad,lo frenetico que es, es algo nuevo es un reto para los que les gustan los juegosAsombroso juego, es sin duda un juegazo!!! la jugabilidad,lo frenetico que es, es algo nuevo es un reto para los que les gustan los juegos dificil y desafiante. la verdad que es un JUEGAZO!!! Expand
  5. May 4, 2021
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I just beat RETURNAL last night and I loved it! I'm going on another go around because there are more unlockables that I need to get and I need to unlock more of the story. This game isn't for everyone, its very difficult, but if you like a challenge, this game is AWESOME. Keep in mind there are no saves, but after you beat the 3rd boss you start at a different checkpoint when you die that starts you in the 4th biome. Expand
  6. May 2, 2021
    5
    It’s so hard that it’s not fun. The lack of any kind of progression or skill system kills this game for me. I played for like 5 hours and IIt’s so hard that it’s not fun. The lack of any kind of progression or skill system kills this game for me. I played for like 5 hours and I feel like I’m running in circles. Every playthrough is a lost playthrough unless you kill a boss. Yes, you acquire some real life skills, but they doesn’t matter that much, as the game is heavy in the RNG aspect. Oh, and I don’t care about the main character as it doesn’t have any kind of character progression.

    I wish they released a demo, as now I can’t refund it. I lost $70. DU Housemarque.
    Don’t buy it unless you’re the kind of gamer who like to play games in the hardest difficulty.
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  7. May 10, 2021
    0
    Meh no es como lo pintan inflan demasiado a este juego, eso de cada 3 horas guardar es una mierda es demasiado tiempo,

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