Review: Far: Lone Sails (Xbox One)

Traverse a dried-out seabed littered with the remains of a decaying civilization. Keep your unique vessel going, overcome numerous obstacles and withstand the hazardous weather conditions. How far can you make it? What will you find?

Pros:

  • Really nice graphics.
  • 2.6gb download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Dark color palette with your character in red.
  • Survival gameplay.
  • Ship/craft is used for traveling the land, on it, you must control speed, fires that break out, storage of goods and maintaining the equipment.
  • Light puzzle elements.
  • Upgrade your ship with new parts like a vacuum to pick up items or sails so you can save energy.
  • Strong orchestral soundtrack.
  • Camera-you can zoom in and out.
  • Lamps are used to illuminate the ship compartments.
  • Hooks on the ship can hold fuel.
  • All controls on the ship are buttons.
  • Thought provoking.
  • Energy and steam build up need to be monitored, you feed energy into it and have a clear bar whilst steam builds up again with a clear indicator and you need to release it.
  • Minimal but powerful story.
  • Fantastic locations.

Cons:

  • No tutorial.
  • No real story.
  • Can’t lock controls on meaning you need to keep pressing buttons.
  • Easy to fall off the ship.
  • Very slow paced.
  • No guidance/tips.
  • Basic puzzles.

Summary

Far lone sails is a minimalist sort of survival game, you travel along a 2d world in search of fuel and answers and upgrade your ship as you go. I found the game to be engaging and fun to play, after a few hours I did tire of the constant grind of refuelling and stop start obstacles with puzzles. I wanted more set pieces as over time it all gets a bit stale. For the time I put in, I thought half of it was spent well but the latter half lost all its sparkle. Basically far lone sails is a great game that is best split across multiple game sessions.

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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