‘Returnal’ is a Thrilling, Frustrating Science Fiction Video Game That’s Like Playing ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Inside ‘Prometheus’
Posted on Friday, May 7th, 2021 by Robert Kojder
It’s hard to believe, but true – gaming is still in its infancy. Or at least it’s teenage years. Sometime over the last decade, a brand-new genre dubbed “Roguelike” has emerged, and new release (and PlayStation 5 exclusive) Returnal falls under this label. And it could be loved or loathed, depending on personal taste and preferences. It’s also a genre foreign to many mainstream gamers. Sure, independent titles such as Hades and The Binding of Isaac have racked up consumer and industry awards, but it’s still fresh enough to where passionate gamers such as me have never gotten around to playing one. Housemarque (known for more minor, arcadey PlayStation exclusives like Super Stardust HD and Resogun) feel it’s time to popularize the style, but can something so hardcore find broad appeal?
The answer is yes and no, but with specifics remaining unearthed following whatever data comes from this AAA experiment.