Seasons After Fall took its time and several seasons after its first announcement, it's finally here, on PC (console versions are not planned yet). Since we completed the game in time for the end of the embargo, we can share the verdict of our full French review and a few videos. Because we didn't want to spoil too much, the footage we have prepared is focused on the very beginning of the game. If you want more information, then join us tonight at 9:15 CEST for a new livestream.
Seasons after Fall could have been more challenging, its world could have been bigger, but the developers preferred not to risk losing themselves and chose to deliver a poetic experience in which peaceful exploration and puzzles prevail over Ori and the Blind Forest's frenetic platforming pace. With its beautiful hand-painted graphics and its mesmerizing soundtrack, Swing Swing Submarine's new title is like that bucolic stroll in the forest you enjoy several times a year, whatever the season. It is no surprise then that there would be some necessary backtracking here and there, something that might not be welcomed by the seasoned hikers who are usually after more variety in terms of landscapes and sensations. Even so, it would be a shame for such people to miss the 6 to 8 hours of gameplay the title provides as those are intoxicating and never disappointing - provided you accept the overall experience for what it is. Yet another proof that small studios can achieve great things in today's industry.
On the plus side
+ Beautifully gorgeous
+ Musically sublime
+ Excellent sound design (voices and sounds)
+ The animations
+ Seasons are magical
+ No exaggerated guidance
+ A game in which you don't kill anyone
+ Cheap entry price, great price-quality ratio
On the downside
- The world could have been bigger...
- ... which would have led to a bit less backtracking
- No real challenge
- Some might need a bit more guidance
- Audio mixing is not so great
And Konami made the pachinko machine. (1 Hour ago)
I think that may have already happened :D (1 Hour ago)
imagine a board meeting at konami, downtown tokyo. "could you get a focus group together and find out where we should take our franchies from here?". Producer leaves for the nearest pachinko parlor. (2 Hours ago)
Activision isn't too much better, with the exception of Blizzard games. Ubisoft is maybe adapting better. (2 Hours ago)
I think publishers can miss the plot a bit too. I think EA is stuck between chasing trends and being stuck in sorta old ways. They need to figure out this market. (2 Hours ago)
and it would work on consoles too. Elite Dangerous with it's advanced controls were still able to work reasonably well on a gamepad. Giving the game a dynamic campaign built around story elements. (2 Hours ago)
I think giving one publisher exclusive rights to the license was probably a mistake. Sorta putting all your eggs in one basket. (2 Hours ago)