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PS4 Game Review

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Format: PS4
Publisher: Humble Games
Developer: Rose-Engine
RRP: £15.99
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Age Restrictions: 16+
Release Date: 27 October 2022

Awaken from slumber and explore a surreal retrotech world as Elster, a technician Replika searching for her lost partner and her lost dreams. Discover terrifying secrets, challenging puzzles, and nightmarish creatures in a tense and melancholic experience of cosmic dread and classic psychological survival horror...

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The game packs in quite a lot of suspense and horror

Signalis opens with you playing as Elster, a Replika. awakening on a crashed spacecraft. You'll need to traverse the corridors and find a way off the ship and then explore your surroundings to find out where you are and, more importantly where your missing partner is.

The game is set in a dystopian future where humanity has colonized the solar system, and the totalitarian regime of Eusan maintains an iron grip through aggressive surveillance and propaganda. Humanoid androids known as Replikas live among the populace, acting as workers, civil servants, and Protektors alongside the citizens they are designed to resemble.

For a retro looking game, this packs quite a lot more suspense and horror than I was expecting. The main game sees you moving from corridors and rooms looking for items to help you move ever forward (codes and cards to unlock safes and doors).

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An interesting and rich story driven sci-fi mystery

In the early stages the game holds your hand through the basic mechanics so that you can easily learn how to swap out and/or combine items (like taping a broken swipe card back together). It also slowly introduces you to new mechanics, like firearms, so that you don't get overwhelmed with too much of an information overload in the early stages.

I must admit to being spooked and jumping more than I was expecting, especially considering it's a retro looking game.

An interesting and rich story driven sci-fi mystery that keeps you on your toes.


Nick Smithson

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