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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. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 15, 2022
    100
    A perfect example of the performance of the PS5 and all its functions. Great gameplay and the music catches and won't let go until you get to the bottom of it all. But in the end, the final may surprise you unpleasantly.
  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. May 7, 2021
    90
    The more you learn about Selene across the game’s gripping campaign, the easier it is to relate to or agree with her observation that “I deserve to be here.”
  4. Apr 29, 2021
    88
    If there's a sticking point to Returnal, it's that it's a big PS5 exclusive that is most definitely not for everyone. It's next-gen beautiful all the way, but if you've never played a game like this before, even all that beauty and amazing design might not be worth the sense of dejection you might feel as the body count starts mounting. Returnal and other games like it will force newer players to ask questions about what kind of games they want to experience. It takes a little bit of weird thinking to relish the prospect of repeated punishment. I recommend it, just for the experience of it. If you're part of that wider audience who wants to give a next-gen roguelike a shot, then be prepared for an awakening. And another one. And … another one.
  5. Apr 29, 2021
    85
    Returnal is a great debut for Housmarque on the PS5. The $70 price tag may be off-putting for some, but it makes a great case for itself thanks to excellent gameplay, an intriguing narrative, and replayability. It would be nice if some of the areas felt more distinct from one another and there are a few tech issues left to iron out. Regardless, Returnal is a blast to play and worth going down the rabbit hole in search of its secrets.
  6. Apr 29, 2021
    80
    Returnal mixes the peculiarities of roguelike with continuous progress that rewards the efforts and dedication of the player, with an enigmatic story that will keep us prisoners of that house that we will visit (or not) in each new attempt. Perhaps it fails in trying to offer an experience like infinite roguelike.
  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
    Awesome Game. A brilliant game. I was skeptical because this is my first roguelike game I have ever played and yes, it is hard af.
  2. Feb 23, 2022
    10
    This game is basically perfect. Never before have I ever gone into a game with such expectations and had them not only met but surpassed! EverThis game is basically perfect. Never before have I ever gone into a game with such expectations and had them not only met but surpassed! Ever since the first couple of trailers, I went total media silence on this game - I wanted to avoid everything that could even be close to a spoiler. It led to an amazing experience and I wish I could replay it all again from that perspective.
    The game has amazing balance, everything is perfectly fair. The game is so well balanced and crafted, it could be seen as a disadvantage since I didn't lose to a boss beyond my first encounter with the first biome's one.
    Selene is such an incredible character that has such a mind blowing evolution as the story continues. The first major revelation in the story literally left my mouth agape. It's going to be hard to compete with how good Returnal is for future games I play.
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  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
    El gameplay es interesante, los mapas son algo oscuros, pero están bien una vez que el mapa se llena de ataques , no es un juego paraEl gameplay es interesante, los mapas son algo oscuros, pero están bien una vez que el mapa se llena de ataques , no es un juego para cualquiera pues la dificultad tal vez sea difícil para los casuales Expand
  5. May 1, 2021
    8
    Una grata sorpresa , un juego que tiene un maravilloso gameplay , bastante desafiante , una buena historia ! Recomendando ..
  6. May 2, 2021
    5
    Buen juego lo malo que debes echarte una buena cantidad de horas para poder grabar El Progreso deberían arreglar eso, ya no me dan ganas de jugar
  7. May 26, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Malisimo, muchos bug y un juego reiterativo con poco criterio de desarrollo. Debería ser clasificado como un indie y no triple A. Expand

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