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PS5 Game Review



Downward: Enhanced Edition


Format: PS5
Publisher: Plug In Digital
Developer: Caracal Games
RRP: £7.99
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Age Restrictions: 12+
Release Date: 04 June 2024

When three stray planets mysteriously begin to orbit the Earth's atmosphere, it spells death, disaster, and the end of an era. Rising from this fall is beyond the question. The only way forward... Downward. Set off on humanity’s final adventure, to seek out an explanation for the apocalypse that changed the Earth as we know it. Taking advantage of parkour techniques and of the mysterious power you are given, you will traverse astonishing and dangerous ruins of past civilizations, all to find the legendary artifacts meant to control the deadly calamities that came to this world. You won’t be alone in this, but what can you do? This world is not for humans anymore...


Explore ruins of the past in this parkour style game

Downward is a first-person parkour action game that sees you exploring ruins of the past as you jump, slide and hang your way over the terrain. Collect experience to upgrade your character’s stats and powers, and use it to your advantage combining them with your parkour skills to face Ancient Guardians.

Explore an open-world to reach secret places, collect useful items and hidden treasures. Seek out an explanation to the world changing around you and the reason humankind has been annihilated. The end of the story changes depending on which path you took, the treasure you collected, and the way you explored this apocalyptic world.


Your quest: Find out how humankind has been annihilated

The game starts with a fairly simple tutorial, before you're left to roam the environment. While you can get hints on where you are heading, on occasion finding a path is not as easy as it should be. And you can spend a little time wandering around aimlessly until you spot the route to take,

For less than £8 you really can't grumble. The graphics are well above average, the gameplay is punishing, but addictive. The biggest issue I had was how easily you can get disoriented. The environments are very repetitive and so it can sometimes be difficult to work out whether or not you're going around in circles.


Darren Rea

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