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  • Summary: The Persistence challenges you to survive aboard a doomed starship, overrun with horrific and murderous abberations. Explore, evade and fight your way through the depths to bring the craft home.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 28, 2020
    100
    Being a fan of horror and not a huge fan of rouge-like, I can attest that there’s something special about The Persistence. It’s a weird combination of genres. Sci-fi horror, virtual reality, and rogue-like. However it’s blended extremely well, even without being able to experience it in VR. It’s something you really have to play enough to enjoy. You might not like the first hour or two, but eventually it will grow on you as your character grows in power. After that it’s always “just one more try”. Overall the whole experience might take you around 15 or so hours to complete. With futuristic technology, scary mutants, and sound effects that will raise the hair on your neck, one can’t ask for much more.
  2. May 22, 2020
    80
    Here is where I’ll show my VR snobbery and say that while the graphical fidelity of this version of the game is superior to the PSVR version, the 2D version of the game cannot capture the sense of dread and isolation that the PSVR version has. Still, this version of the game does have enough depth, strategy, and replayability to make it a solid, worthwhile addition to your game library. The characters are engaging and The Persistence provides the proper mood and incentives that make you want to succeed.
  3. Jun 19, 2020
    80
    The Persistence nails the eerie tonality of a horror sci-fi set in space, but has an interesting enough narrative that stands out, even if it only comes in small chunks when you finally make progress. Mechanically it may be a little clunky with its VR roots left over, but the audio is so finely crafted that it makes for an immersive horror experience, even if it’s one that probably won’t get much replay, if at all, after you’re finished your mission.
  4. May 20, 2020
    73
    The Persistence is still a good roguelite, but it is impossible to ignore to the absence of a fundamental element such as virtual reality in the new versions of the game.
  5. Jun 8, 2020
    72
    The Persistence is a great entry into the survival horror genre, and I feel that it is best enjoyed in the original VR format. For those entering on Xbox side of this game, this is definitely one I would pick up and take in, even though you won’t get that same immersive VR experience from it. The game still offers a great story and an insane amount of difficulty, which will challenge most experienced players. While it is rather short, the addition of ever-changing maps does add to the ‘freshness’ of the short game, as no playthrough will be the same. Definitely worth a go.
  6. Sep 14, 2020
    70
    The Persistence is a good game for fans of space horror, which without PSVR lost a little effect of immersion. However, it is still interesting to play, especially if you get used to the monotonous generation of levels.
  7. May 20, 2020
    60
    The Persistence without VR is an ordinary roguelike horror game, with evident stealth features, a good atmosphere and a decent playful structure. Too bad about a very different perception on the atmosphere of an experience born and created evidently for the virtual reality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 23, 2020
    8
    The Persistence is a First-Person Rouge-Like Sci-Fi Horror Adventure. This game was originally designed for VR, but the port to console isThe Persistence is a First-Person Rouge-Like Sci-Fi Horror Adventure. This game was originally designed for VR, but the port to console is still an impressive experience. You play as Zimri, well at least a clone of him, aboard the colony ship Persistence. The ship is damaged, systems are malfunctioning, theres a Black Hole outside, and the cloning machines are filling the ship with horrible mutations. So, with the guiding help of the only other survivor Serena. The Persistence has an interesting feature, it can rearrange its deck configuration, but the malfunctions have caused it to do so everytime a teleporter or your cloning bay are used, So every time you Teleport to a deck, or die the map changes. You will be tasked with repairing the ships four levels, and escaping the Black Hole. To do this you will use a varied arsenal to dispatch of your foes, and strenghten your clones. You'll collect stimulus cells from enemies and canisters around the ship, and use these to upgrade your clones. FAB chips are used to fabricate new weapons or tools. You can even store dark matter to be used as a short range teleportation. Overall the experience is well worth taking, though I see how it would be a smash VR game. For those of you who love the edge of your seat, The Persistence is a phenomenal game, check it out! Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2020
    0
    The game has a gamebreaking issue during the mission "recharge the stardrive". After dying, I went back to finish the mission, only to findThe game has a gamebreaking issue during the mission "recharge the stardrive". After dying, I went back to finish the mission, only to find all vents closed and all terminals locked. There was no way to continue.
    Apparently this was a known issue since i found several posts about this, but no working solution. I contacted the support email but they cannot, or are not willing to help. Avoid this crap at all cost!
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