Housemarque has made its name on games like Resogun and Nex Machina, but the PS5-exclusive Returnal looks to be a bigger and more ambitious project than it’s ever taken on. The action-adventure game has been highlighted at Sony events as a system exclusive.
And true to the studio’s roots, Returnal incorporates elements of bullet hell shooters alongside its creepy survival-horror and roguelite elements. You play as Selene Vassos, a survivor of a crash on an alien planet who quickly discovers that whenever she dies, she returns to the site of the crash to start again. There’s more to this alien planet than meets the eye, and Selene unravels the mystery slowly as she continuously makes her way through diverse biomes.
The reception to Returnal has been generally positive, with critics especially praising its atmosphere and unique blend of elements, while some have dinged it for sharp difficulty spikes and runs feeling repetitive. Several reviewers have also noted how it makes especially great use of the PS5 DualSense’s haptics.
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