Returnal (2021) Video Game Review

Title: Returnal.

Release Date: 2021.
Console (played on): PlayStation 5.
Mode(s): Single-Player.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama.
Developer: Housemarque.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Director(s): Harry Krueger.
Writer(s): Luke Maulding.
Composer(s): Bobby Krlic.
Voice Actor(s): Jane Perry, Nicholas Parris, Anne Beyer, Elijah Maximus, Nigel Whitmey, and Tuija Mabragaña!

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.


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12 thoughts on “Returnal (2021) Video Game Review

  1. After seeing the intro image and your rating I found myself wishing this’d been a sci-fi/horror movie. But I’m glad to hear you really enjoyed it. Not at all sure how far I’d get into the game before getting bored, that does tend to happen with me sometimes with these sorts of games. Probably why I don’t game much at all these days. 🙂 But I love reading about the enjoyment others get, such as yourself!

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    1. It would indeed be an interesting movie, in the same vein as Edge of Tomorrow (sci-fi twist to the Groundhog Day movie). Maybe someday you’ll get to check it out as a movie if they ever dare adapt it. You could also watch other people play it by watching full playthroughs on Youtube. 😛 Glad to be able to share it with you too! Stay safe, my friend! 😀


  2. I’m really curious to check this out (once I find a PS5), I enjoy Souls-like and Rogue-like games. My one hesitation is I’m not looking forward to runs that are an hour-plus where you can’t save and come back to them. That isn’t always a time commitment I can make.

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    1. When it was first released, I too wondered if I’d ever actually beat this since the no-saves thing sounded daunting for people who don’t have a whole day to game hahaha Thankfully you’ll be able to use the PS5’s rest mode function to simply leave your game where you’re at without losing your progression but the downside is to not be able to play anything else between sessions. Otherwise, there are checkpoints in the game, as mentioned with the whole biomes thing, so within 1-3 hours, you can reach certain checkpoints but it’ll all depend on the player’s skill level and some luck regarding the level design’s randomness hahaha

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