First of all, I am a big fan of Crytek. They have proven that they can take the hardware they handle, tinker with the software, and provide an efficient piece of gameplay which runs smoothly and looks absolutely stunning. They have brought it down to an art, and whether its because they have one of the most talented people working in the industry, or they have an infinite stream of coffee in the offices, one can wonder. Crytek is the masters of video game development. 

I also understand how smartly they work with the methods of control. Having a controller which looks and feels likes whats on screen works wonders with intuition, and it feels great to use.

But I could not tolerate all elements. The first was motion sickness. I felt that the movement and environments were at times hard to handle, and I needed to take the headset off to breathe – not because of dinosaurs, but because of gameplay. I also could not tolerate the hexagonal method of walking. It was just annoying – I immediately switched to the much smoother walking style, and I could not understand why the hexagonal method was used. it was an unusual constraint for a gem reliant on free roaming.

It was also a very slow start – perhaps its because I came from another fast-paced video game, or it was all part of the tutorial – but I felt I was at home for far too long at the beginning, and the slow walk speed did not help.

But you know what? I recommend it.

You know when you are a little kid, and you go into a museum – and you see a massive T-Rex looming above you? You know its fake, you know it has some flaws, you know it just doesn’t feel or look right – but goddamn what a feeling you get. You feel impressed. You imagine it in your head, stomping and chomping.

That’s Robinson: The Journey in a nutshell. It’s not perfect, but its enough.

I wont go into the story – there be spoilers ahead. But what I will say is that its one case where “good enough” is just right. The impressive visuals, the chases, the gameplay, the searches for lore on the planet – it all comes together into a jigsaw puzzle which doesn’t jut quite right, but you see enough of the picture to be impressed by its content.

Robinson: The Journey is now available on PS4.

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