Nocturnal Review (PlayStation 5)

For this Nocturnal Review, where After years of traveling, Ardeshir finds his native island covered in a mysterious fog. Carve your way with fire and steel to find out what happened to your people in this action-platformer game. We are the only ones who can discover the secrets that lie beyond the Mist.

Nocturnal Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.05GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Graphics settings – brightness slider, and v – sync.
  • Action-platformer gameplay.
  • Tutorial text as you play.
  • Three save slots.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Accessibility settings – subtitles size slider, subtitles font, and speaker color on/off.
  • Beautiful yet grim locations.
  • Collect pages for lore.
  • Button prompt icons.
  • Many Breakable objects.
  • Brazers act as a checkpoint.
  • The flame gimmick in that you can charge your sword up with flames and then burn flowers/weeds, light torches and light up specific lever torches.
  • Collectible hidden scrolls.
  • The flame sword does more damage than regular.
  • Torches can be used to maintain or ignite your sword.
  • Subtle puzzle elements.
  • Wave-based set pieces.
  • A lot of platforming.
  • 2D side scroller.
  • Simple hack-and-slash combat.
  • Phoenix Gifts is a statue where you trade your collected “souls” from enemies for new skills and upgrades from the skill tree.
  • Unlock the ability to use flame charge to heal yourself.
  • There is this Darkness that lingers and can block or chase you, with a flame sword you can cut through the darkness unharmed.
  • Big boss battles.

Nocturnal Review Cons:

  • You have no camera control which can make it hard to know when a platform is below or above you.
  • Slow starter.
  • The tutorial is so basic that doesn’t even tell you all about the combat or even about the flame sword stuff.
  • Very dark game even with the brightness slider maxed out.
  • The combat gets very reflex-heavy where you need to dodge and attack which is fine but they up the enemy count a lot.
  • You land up staying in an area longer as you need to clear out the enemies then go back and re-light torches so you can proceed.
  • The combat mixed with the light/dark mechanic makes simple sections very tedious.

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Developer: Sunnyside Games

Publisher: Dear Villagers

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10

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!