Review: Lifeless Planet (Xbox One)

Lifeless Planet (5)

While seeking life on a distant planet, an astronaut discovers an abandoned Russian town. He suspects his mission is a hoax until a mysterious young woman saves him from a strange and deadly phenomenon…

Lifeless Planet (2)

Pros:

  • Detailed graphics with a lot of great locations within the game.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Options: Invert vertical look,  auto centre camera, vibration settings and even an option to brighten dark areas.
  • Gameplay is a exploration game with a bit of puzzling and a fair bit of platforming.
  • Atmosphere within the game is just incredible,  The sense of loneliness mixed with the thirst with adventure topped off with a bit of fear.  If you can play with headphones I recommend it.
  • The story is actually really good,  Find extra bits to expand on it.
  • Unlock new abilities like jet pack and a robot arm.
  • Controls look really fiddly and complex when you look at the screen but in truth it is surprisingly easy and simple.
  • On screen button prompts help.
  • PDA type device store all information like tech uncovered,  Story pages found and general back story stuff.
  • Anything collectible or interactable emits a twinkling display to aid in finding them.
  • The game is a lot of fun to play despite the world looking empty.
  • Exploration is done so well with a clear route cleverly disguised so you never feel like you are being directed.
  • Contours up a lot of feelings and emotions as you play.  This could be done to the atmosphere but still.

Lifeless Planet (1)

Cons:

  • A lot of platforming is in the game and a lot of the times it feels un needed.
  • Never sure if it has saved properly.
  • Check points are far apart.
  • Possible to get physically stuck in the scenery.
  • Quite a short game.

Lifeless Planet (3)
In Summary,  the game surprised me,  After missing out on it on the Pc I looked forward to trying it.  I found it was a bit slow at the start with not a lot of explanation on what was expected of me.  After a few attempts I soon got what the game expected of me and I got instantly hooked,  The story mixed in with new areas to explore,  Ingredients of a brilliant little game.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the world and look forward to re visiting it.

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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