Review: Shape Of The World (PlayStation 4)

A serene first person exploration game in a surreal, organic world that reacts to your presence. Journey through a psychedelically colorful ecosystem of flourishing flora, rambling waterfalls, burgeoning mountains, glowing monoliths and graceful creatures.

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 996.8MB Download size.
  • Options- Invert axis and sensitivity slider.
  • Chapter Select.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • First person exploration game.
  • The world builds around you as you move.
  • Go through gates to change the colors/appearance of the land.
  • Can interact with objects to make a stairway and help you go forward.
  • Seeds- Collectibles with 28 types of them. Collecting them allows you to fire them and plant trees.
  • Discover the creatures of the land.
  • Play and go where you want.
  • Soothing soundtrack.
  • Gorgeous views/vistas/landscapes.
  • Can break down trees.
  • No fall damage.
  • Simple controls. Mover, Jump and shoot seeds.
  • Multiple ways to get to a destination.
  • Has A Proteus feel to it all.
  • Very relaxing.
  • Almost hypnotic.
  • Little tutorial pop up showing the controls.
  • Calming.
  • Excellent escapism.

Cons:

  • Fell off the world with no way to respawn.
  • Walking sim.
  • Can feel lost as if you don’t hit certain markers you will stay in this one part.
  • No explanation on expectations.
  • See the same creatures over and over.
  • A lot of empty ground.
  • Little replayability.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Accessability - 10/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Had a hard day and just want to unwind? Well here you go, A beautiful world that reveals itself as you walk around the landscape. Meet strange creatures and interact with them, Or go off and find some of the many routes to see more. What the game does is allow you total escapism, You get almost hypnotized by its smooth soundtrack and eye-pleasing visuals, It may only be a few hours long but it is a joyous jaunt and one that is uneventful yet memorable.

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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