sắt is a painterly, much-ballyhooed exploration game set in a wondrous fantasy world. It’s clearly inspired by the ancient woodlands of developer Zoink’s native sầu Sweden, delivering a world of echoing oaks & creaking roots, swamp creatures và majestic stags.

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It’s a picturesque exploration game that feels lượt thích a poet’s idea of a 3 chiều platformer, one that’s significantly classier & more subtle than the cartoonish efforts we’ve sầu often seen in this genre.

And yet it also defies this genre categorization, incorporating elements from many different gaming cultures. Fe manages to lớn pull together influences from cartoon platformers as well as from arty narrative games. It plays with stealth and RPG-like progressions khổng lồ create an exploration inlớn a fairy tale, where the tasks are fun & engaging, but they mean less than the stirring world around them.

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Set in a dense woodl&, Fe first presents itself as a Journey-esque game. Like Journey, it centers on a mysterious, whimsical character in a strange world. Weird hieroglyphs, giants và ruins abound. I commune with other creatures using sound & symbols. A mournful cello soundtrachồng grinds its sad tuy nhiên.

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Then the game morphs inlớn a fancy 3D platformer in which I bounce over rocks and swyên ổn through rivers & climb mountain ledges, looking for gems and upgrading my powers through quests and challenges. There are even little bomblike blob thingies that I can pichồng up và throw at obstacles.

Unlượt thích most 3D platsize games, Fe refuses to grab me by the shoulders và point me in any particular direction. It doesn’t indicate what I ought to lớn actually be doing. It just lets me wander around its pretty gardens. Frankly, the first few hours of the game can feel confusing và even frustrating, as I try khổng lồ comprehkết thúc its inner workings.

But in those wanderings, I come khổng lồ a creeping understanding: that Fe actively wants me to feel lost và confused. Yes, there are a bản đồ và mechanics in place khổng lồ help me find my path, but I feel the game urging me lớn experience a sense of wonder in its pretty world — & a sense of apprehension & dread as well. I start khổng lồ feel like Little Red Riding Hood, tripping on roots & falling inlớn ditches.

Once I connect khổng lồ this spirit of exploration, of looking and experiencing rather than merely conquering, the game gifts me with a sense of liberty. I’m soon cooing with pleasure as the world peels away its secrets.

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Fe stars a creature who reminds me slightly of the scamp from the movie Lilo & Stitch. It’s a prickly little thing with no particular abilities, save for a great tolerance for falling from enormous heights. The beginning of the game suggests the critter has come here from another planet.

Our nhân vật encounters other creatures. I sing to the creatures, và they become my friends. Sometimes they offer favors that open up new ways khổng lồ overcome obstacles. Different creatures sing in different languages. I learn those symbolic languages along the way, unlocking new powers that unloông chồng new parts of the bản đồ. Language acts as a puzzle mechanic, but it’s also important to lớn the game’s unfolding story.

The forests are inhabited by fearsome robots that capture animals for dastardly ends. I vị not fight them, at least not directly, but I can confound them with the help of other animals, or by liberal use of stealth. (In this world, my porcupine-like baông chồng is similar in appearance to lớn a comtháng bush.)

Pretty soon I can soar aước ao treetops, glide from one rock face lớn another, ride the strong upward currents of strange flowers and cadge rides on the backs of eagles.

As I come across runes, gems và other fantasy paraphernalia, the world’s mysteries are uncovered. A narrative emerges. But it’s the world itself that provides the most pleasure, a constantly shifting landscape of color & shape that invites conquest of its heights và exploration of its depths. Its clever thiết kế obscures a fairly linear path by creating the illusion of freedom.

Larger missions come and go, generally involving the freeing of creatures who are at the mercy of the robots.

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Yes, there are irritations. As is often the case with highly vertical 3 chiều games, a wrong step sets me baông chồng, falling miles and miles lớn a place long since left behind. This can be frustrating, especially in later sections of the game, when multi-jump challenges spike & there’s an occasional challenge when pixel-perfect leaps are mandatory.

None of this takes away from a magical feeling, especially when I’m gliding through the world, making use of skills acquired along the war.

The world and its inhabitants come lớn feel as one. This is a fairy tale, grounded in the confidence of its own environment. I come lớn feel a bond with my surroundings, và with the beings I befriover along the way, a kind of kinship.

They are designed to be wooed & to lớn be loved, lớn be treated as individuals. I have no resistance lớn their charms. I become a part of the scenery, perhaps even part of the family — and this, perhaps, is the game’s great strength. It’s a fantasy that envelops me. Like the great trees that tower over this world, it entwines its roots and branches around me, squeezing out any thought of escape.

As the game reaches a gr& finale, I’m left with the satisfying knowledge that there is still much to explore, winkling out hidden gems và secrets. It’s one of those games that works for those who are happy sticking to lớn the main quest, as well as completionists who want to lớn see & collect everything. Some of the gem-collection challenges take practice & patience, but they are not required khổng lồ complete the game.

Fe is a magical, expansive sầu & multi-hued world that creates a sense of marvel. Like a real-life walk in the woods, it is a thing of elemental beauty that demands lớn be inhaled and admired.

Platsize Win, PS4, Xbox One, Nintenvị Switch Advertiser Electronic Arts Release Date Feb 16, 2018 Developer Zoink Games

Scores per platform:

8.5 Win 8.5 PS4 8.5 Xbox One 8.5 Nintenvày Switch About samseinfo.com nhận xét

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