Monday, 23 October 2017 09:13

REVIEW: Always Sometimes Monsters (Playstation 4)

Written by Brett Hale
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A single player, 8-bit format game that's a story of a journey of winning back the love of your life but it’s the choices you’ll make that will define the outcome of others around you as well as for yourself.

Luck is not your friend in this game, the love of your life is marrying someone else, your landlord is a total douchebag and kicks you out of your apartment, and to top it off even though you're an author you can’t even finish writing your manuscript. So, when life gives you lemons, you simply gotta make lemonade with them, so your mission is to get the love of your life back.

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This game has been playable on PC and mobile devices since 2015, but has only become available on PS4 for a short time. It’s a role playing game, your journey starts on the east coast, and in order to track down your lover, you’ll go cross country to the west coast to gate crash the wedding. Gameplay is told through narrative, text windows to be precise. All the choices you make through the game can and will alter the story. Walking around and exploring all the wonders of the world is possible, and you're also able to interact with other non playable characters (NPC). Nothing is for free in this game, you’ll need to earn cash as going from one location to the next will cost you.

The time frame the game takes place is a 30 day period, and there are day-night cycles to represent times of day. What isn’t possible in Always Sometimes Monsters is a leveling up system, and it doesn’t have any combat as such either. There are some mini-games to play too. There is some language featured in this game, the F bomb is the word of the day in Always Sometimes Monsters. As for what the gameplay is like, it's slow and you'll be reading a lot here and there as well as making choices.

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So one thing that I found to be unusual was the aspect ratio for the game isn’t 16:9, instead it’s 4:9. But you’ll soon be less bothered with that once you're playing for awhile. The visuals are just 8-bit, so the details are bland but based on the gameplay of just following along with a story it's visuals are a pass. It's similar to The Escapist and Hotline Miami games looking much the same, and I enjoyed them aswell, graphics aren’t everything with some games. There's lots of music in game and it's retro 90s game in sound.

Always Sometimes Monsters wasn't a game I enjoyed too much, it just didn't have me with it's slow gameplay, I like games no matter their visuals, so it wasn't anything to do with its visuals, just the pure gameplay could have been a little better.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, iOS, PS4
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Genre: Indie