Before PS5 was released, Deathloop was probably the game I was most excited about. While it was delayed the better part of a year due to the pandemic, Deathloop when it was released in September 2021 more than lived up to the hype. Brought to us by Arkane studios the folks behind Dishonored and Prey, Deathloop truly is something unique and special.
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The Game Review
The whole premise of Deathloop is something that I find fascinating. We play as Cole, a man who is on the island of Blackreef and he is stuck in a time loop. Each time he dies, he wakes up on the beach at the start of the day again. The twist here is that Cole can remember what happened the day before and he uses this along with messages from himself to try and break the loop.
What complicates the matter is Julianna.
Julianna can also remember what happened on previous loops and she has a real vendetta against Cole and tries to kill him in each loop. The way that Cole can break the loop is by killing all eight of the Visionaries (these special people) that are located around the island, but he has to do it all in one loop!
As is the case with any game that has a time travel/sci-fi setting, things can get pretty weird and interesting in Deathloop. I thought the story was great, it has some fantastic voice acting, three different endings and the whole 1960s setting is just awesome. I was invested enough to keep plowing through and see it to the end.
The gameplay of Deathloop is very interesting, unique, and if I am being honest off putting at first. This is a game that is kind of unlike any other that I have played! It may look like a standard first-person shooter, but it is far from it. Your gaming instincts tell you to play it one way, but that is kind of at odds with the way you are best going about things in Deathloop.
There are eight visionaries that you have to kill and you have to kill them all in one loop. This is far easier said than done. Blackreef is split up into four districts and there are also four time periods. Taking down certain visionaries needs to happen at certain times, you need to learn their habits, where they will be, what the best way to eliminate them will be, and so on.
I know this sounds like it is all simple, but it does take a lot of figuring out. I will admit, until it all clicked for me, I thought that this was a game that was not for me. I just had no clue what to do, how the game wanted me to play it, or really what was going on. However, as you play you learn a little more each time.
You can by collecting a resource in the game, keep various weapons and abilities each time a loop resets. Working with this, as well as trying to figure out the best way to take down the targets is what the game is all about. There is also a multiplayer component to the game where you or another player can be Julianna and try to enter another player’s game and kill them.
I can certainly see why some people would not like Deathloop, especially in the figuring it out phase. However, pretty much everyone that has stuck with it and given the game a real go has loved it. If you have a PlayStation 5, then this is 100 percent a game that you need in your collection.
- The story was crazy and a whole lot of fun
- It has some amazing voice acting
- The gameplay is very unique and unlike any other FPS I have played
- The shooting and general gameplay has that “Arkane Studios” feel to it
- I can see why the game would not be for everyone
- No word on when the PS5’s timed exclusivity ends