AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected is a fun downloadable roguelike or rather rogue-lite first-person game that has got a lot of people talking. This is a game that is available on every platform under the sun, but the version that I am specifically talking about is for the PC. From what I understand though the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are all exactly the same.
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AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected Review
Unexpected is the right word to be in the title because this game is weird, like really weird! You are a young boy whose parents have not returned home from work. You hear a noise in the basement and find these creatures running around and a hole into a strange place. You need to find your parents so you do what any good kid would do, you go in that hole.
AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected is a first-person roguelike style game. The first area that you come across is a forest and in this forest, you will have to get through three dungeons before the game opens up and the story really starts to unfold. There is all manner of weird and strange creatures that are trying to get in your way.
You only have two attacks at your disposal when you start out. These are your stick which can beat things over the head and fireworks. You can though get more attacks by persuading people to join you.
In the first area, you can get three other characters to help you out. There is a tree who can throw grenades that cause thorns to pop up. A mutated factory worker can do some good damage with a melee attack. Then there is a wizard who can shoot fireballs. A tree, a mutated factory worker and a wizard! That is how strange this game is and that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to characters you will encounter.
Switching between the characters is very easy and they are kind of like weapons rather than a character that is added to your party as you would expect in an RPG. One thing that is a lot of fun is that they have a different viewpoint, such as the wizard who, let’s just say may or may not have a drinking problem!
Trying to get a character to join you is through a strange dialogue tree where you have to try and pick the right things to say. This can be a little annoying and I think that on my repeat playthroughs I would consider using a guide in some places as it can be hard to know what some characters want you to say.
The presentation of AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected is great and the more you play, the more friends you make the more places to explore you will unlock. From the forest to a factory, to the desert to an ice world. AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected always keeps you guessing in regards to where you will be going next.
AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected has a really cool cell-shaded art style and that gives the game a lot of personality. The intro has an almost anime look to it and that is something which I thought was really cool. This really is a nice looking game and I think they did a great job in making the world weird and crazy.
I think that AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected is a game that is going to surprise a lot of people. It is very fun to play, recruiting new characters is awesome and the game is super weird. It is one of the more fun roguelike style games I have played and as it all happens from a first-person point of view it makes you feel more connected to the story and the characters you encounter. Make sure you check this one out.
- Some very nice cell shaded style graphics
- It is a very strange game but in a good way
- First person rouge like gameplay
- The different characters you play as are fun
- There is always something to do
- Recruiting some characters is really hard
- Can be a little frustrating later in the game