Review: Shape Of The World (PlayStation 4)

A serene first person exploration game in a surreal, organic world that reacts to your presence. Journey through a psychedelically colorful ecosystem of flourishing flora, rambling waterfalls, burgeoning mountains, glowing monoliths and graceful creatures.

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 996.8MB Download size.
  • Options- Invert axis and sensitivity slider.
  • Chapter Select.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • First person exploration game.
  • The world builds around you as you move.
  • Go through gates to change the colors/appearance of the land.
  • Can interact with objects to make a stairway and help you go forward.
  • Seeds- Collectibles with 28 types of them. Collecting them allows you to fire them and plant trees.
  • Discover the creatures of the land.
  • Play and go where you want.
  • Soothing soundtrack.
  • Gorgeous views/vistas/landscapes.
  • Can break down trees.
  • No fall damage.
  • Simple controls. Mover, Jump and shoot seeds.
  • Multiple ways to get to a destination.
  • Has A Proteus feel to it all.
  • Very relaxing.
  • Almost hypnotic.
  • Little tutorial pop up showing the controls.
  • Calming.
  • Excellent escapism.

Cons:

  • Fell off the world with no way to respawn.
  • Walking sim.
  • Can feel lost as if you don’t hit certain markers you will stay in this one part.
  • No explanation on expectations.
  • See the same creatures over and over.
  • A lot of empty ground.
  • Little replayability.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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