Review: Enlightenment (Steam)

In Enlightenment, you play in a roguelike action-shooter with a fast-paced challenging journey deep into an underground complex called “the Ark”. Here is our Enlightenment review:

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 4484MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Roguelike shooter gameplay.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics options- Resolution, Quality preset, Brightness and fullscreen.
  • Three save slots.
  • Can use keyboard and mouse.
  • Tutorial pop-ups with an opening area.
  • Camp- Your main hub where you can unlock and meet new people for buying and selling goods.
  • Earn EXP, Level up and earn points to buy upgrades.
  • Slot machines in the game for a chance at random loot.
  • Isometric view.
  • Procedurally generated levels.
  • Random guns at the start.
  • List of guns and traps can be found in the pause menu.
  • Your level stays with you.
  • Decent soundtrack.
  • Some great level design.
  • Very atmospheric, Dark and full of surprises.
  • Many enemy types.
  • Damage counters.
  • Ammo is plentiful.
  • Online Leaderboards.

Cons:

  • Minimal graphics options.
  • The controller has loads of issues from the buttons not working as shown and instead you have to set them up every time. Icons for the controller can stay on screen or be used when using a keyboard.
  • If you boot the game with a controller then that’s it, You cannot hotswap to the keyboard or turn off the controller and go keyboard.
  • Hard to do targetting with the controller.
  • Mouse cursor stays on screen when using a controller.
  • No camera controls.
  • Can be really dark in places with no chance at seeing things.
  • Clunky controls Always feel like you either have a delay or it takes a few presses to work.
  • Enemies are far too strong even the little scrubs.
  • The whole game mechanic is explained poorly.
  • Chinese writing appears instead of English a lot.
  • You have to manually pick up everything including gold.
  • No tooltips on guns and traps.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6.6/10

Summary

For a game that recently came out of Early access, You wouldn’t expect to get the bugs and issues I experienced. I just couldn’t get into the game not just because of the bugs but also because the AI needs tweaking as it punishes you all the time and little help. At least I can be clear with what I need to say and that is the game is not at a launch state and still acts and plays like an Early access game. It shows glimpses of being a good game but it needs more time in the oven and you really need to check back in in a few updates.

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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