After crash-landing on a shape-shifting alien planet, Selene finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Again and again she’s defeated, forced to restart her journey every time she dies. In this roguelike shooter, both the planet and your equipment change with every cycle, forcing you to adapt your play style and take on evolving challenges.
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I put this down at biome 3 at launch and desperately want to pick this back up now that it's all updated etc. but - this game is legitimately frightening if you're trying to pick the story apart.
How do you pick the story apart? 1:1 greek mythology references! I plan on doing a write up of all of it once I clear the "story" because it's absolutely amazing.
I really did not find this game difficult at all which was disappointing. I beat this game with 10 hours of playtime dying only 5 times. The gameplay is good but nothing out of this world. Boss fights were probably the best part of the game but didn't always feel that polished or refined. Specifically the one boss with the floating platforms, if you don't have the assault rifle for that fight it seems like no other gun can reach him or if it does reach him it does very little damage. I am also not a fan of the haptic feedback constant vibration. It just annoys me and bothers my hands because of how constant it is. Returnal is also a very poor roguelike. After beating the game I was expecting some secrets to find or new guns or abilities to unlock to give me some replayability but there really is just nothing. It's crazy how indie roguelikes on steam do this so much better. There is also little variation in the "builds" that you can do or get on a run. They all end up feeling samey further contributing to it being a poor roguelike. The story is way too vague and ambiguous for me to care about. I had no idea what was going on but to be fair I did skip all of the first person house segments. Also the game not being able to maintain constant 60fps is pretty embarrassing. The atmosphere and music are good I guess. I honestly can't remember any of the music though.
Decent third person shooter, but bad roguelike. I can't imagine having paid $70 for this at launch.