Chernobylite Review (Xbox Series S)

Chernobylite is a science-fiction survival horror RPG. Set in the hyper-realistic, 3D-scanned wasteland of Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, explore a non-linear storyline in your search to uncover the truth of your tortured past. Welcome to our Chernobylite Review.

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Chernobylite Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 11.4GB Download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Graphics – gamma slider and lens flare – on/off.
  • Controller settings – aim assist and aim assist strength slider.
  • Can Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Five difficulties – very easy/easy/medium/hard and insane.
  • Russian voicework. (can be changed but it’s Russian by default)
  • Difficulty options are set for the three individual settings – survival, combat, and management.
  • Gore can be turned off or on.
  • Save when you want.
  • First-person shooter gameplay.
  • Horror is the sub-genre here and features heavily.
  • Has a lot of clever scene cuts/changes.
  • Multiple choice interactions.
  • An environmental analyzer is a handheld tool you have that can scan the area and highlight resources for you.
  • Uses a robust crafting structure. You collect resources and then use stoves and workshops to build anything you have a recipe for.
  • Base – you have an area where you can go into build mode and create/scrap new pieces of furniture and equipment. You need to balance it out with power generators.
  • Mission – every day you go into a planning phase where you pick a mission but also one for any group members. They and you can only do one mission a day.
  • Radiation is accrued and needs to be managed with meds.
  • Beautifully grim locations.
  • The portal generator will allow you to make a portal back to your base.
  • Areas can be big areas and vary wildly.
  • Compass to show objectives and places of interest.
  • Stealth mechanic at play.
  • Can loot the enemy.
  • Areas are fully open and you can stay and explore to your heart’s content.
  • Photo mode.
  • Play how you want.
  • The missions are randomized every run and have their own difficulties and rewards.
  • Meet and recruit new members.
  • Multiple choice interactions with characters.
  • Earn EXP and level up with a full stats tree.
  • Nighttime is when you do a lot of team bonding, leveling up, and base building.
  • A lot of loot lust going on.
  • It is a good story and does hold your attention.
  • Does a cool thing of how it integrates flashbacks into normal play.
  • Excellent lighting.

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Chernobylite Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Slow pace.
  • Had a couple of hard crashes back to the dashboard.
  • Slight slowdown and hitches.
  • Very linear.
  • Deleted my save after five hours.
  • Small text.
  • Doesn’t have any HDR settings.
  • A lot of small cramped places like corridors and small rooms.
  • Slow burner.
  • Menus don’t always show the crafting ingredients or info.
  • Hard to see items/resources naturally.

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Chernobylite:

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Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: All in! Games

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Chernobylite is a game that I thought would be yet another horror shooter game with survival aspects chucked in. I mean it is a survival game, it has aspects of horror but I never really felt it that much (I am pretty hardcore though, I’ve watched Scream like 5 times!) the game is a solid first-person shooter with an expansive base-building loop on top. What I like is how well this performs over my GTX 970 pc! Chernobylite takes the standard genres and then adds in the mission structure, you choose where to go and where your comrades go each day, they get randomized and are located everywhere. It’s a great way to add replayability and I love the fact that taking a mission on isn’t the end of the story, for you go into the area and can do whatever you want, you could do the mission but not portal back and just stay there exploring and grabbing resources. This is all presented with some of the best lighting and graphics I have seen in quite a while. Chernobylite is dropping in the atmosphere and is just a great game. Now I should bomb the score right down as it royally pissed me off. I mean it hard crashed to the dashboard and deleted my save after five odd hours of play, no way I was gonna go back through it, I had multiple saves I think but there was nothing at all. Now this could have been a one off thing but I can’t destroy the game score because I had one bad episode with it. I booted it back up eventually and managed a few more hours without a wipe so we shall see. Still no doubting the fact it is a great game and for me was better on the console than my PC version!

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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