Est. April 2016. III Version 2.0. III
Watch out for the Domz!
By JAY TEE
Planet Alpha is an immensely detailed but uneven experience. On the one hand, the lush environments, and complete absence of overt hand holding, makes the whole package feel premium and well constructed. However, for every moment of visual splendour, there’s a sharp difficulty spike, or weird enemy behaviour, that rips you out of the moment.
Published by industry veterans Team17, I can’t help but be impressed by Planet Alpha’s narrative ambition. This is environmental storytelling done right; there’s so much here left open to interpretation. As you perpetually wander from one hazardous locale to the next, it has a very ‘Journey’ like vibe. You’re left to figure out the ‘push / pull’ puzzle mechanics, and draw your own conclusions about the protagonist and the world.
The game is certainly memorable, and although the slightly wonky A.I and fiddly platforming might get in the way on occasion, it’s definitely worth checking out.
THE BASICS -
The Look -
The Feel -
The Sound -
The Experience -
This is a serious contender for foliage physics of the year.
STYLISH VINES -
TRIP TUCKER -
LIGHT ME UP -
Planet Alpha is a graphically sumptuous, and very original experience, held back by some inconsistent design choices and fluctuating difficulty.
*PS4 review code provided by Team17*
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SAY WHAT?! -
SUBTLETY WINS THE DAY -
AHH SEE -
LOOK AT THE LIL’ GUY -
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The BAM! DONE! badge lets you know that within minutes of picking up the controller, you can play this like a pro.
The TROLLOLOL badge is for a game with sudden spikes in difficulty.
The GRUMPY SPONGES badge is for a game where certain characters aren’t pleased to see you.
The QUARK’S EARS badge is for a game with top quality sound effects.
The FRAMERATE VIAGRA badge is for a game with mostly solid performance, but has occasional dips or stuttering.
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