So I’ve been playing Deathloop quite a bit over the last week. I’ve been having a bit of an FPS moment as of late, as I’ve replayed the original Doom, and Quake with the re-release in the last month. I dove back into Doom Eternal just before I started Deathloop as well.
But I’ve got to say, Deathloop is a lot more fun than I expected. I stopped paying attention to the millions of trailers Sony dropped for this game, so I went in only knowing the basics, you’re some kind of Assassin stuck in a time loop, being hunted by another assassin. The story is definitely interesting, but so far isn’t the thing pulling me into this game. The gameplay mechanics, and the island of Blackreef are really what keeps me coming back for more.
I hate to describe something this way, but I can’t think of anything better, but this is an FPS with some serious Souls like elements to it, and it works. You can “infuse” items so that they persist through death, and upgrade those infused items. Die and you lose your currency to infuse items. With the threat of death, the early sections of the game before you earn any of the very important slabs (invisibility/teleportation etc) feel incredibly dangerous and force you to approach new environments in the stealthiest way possible.
Blackreef is such an interesting place to explore. I’m a big sucker for the 60/70s aesthetic this game has utilized, but boy oh boy have they really done it well. Half the time I get caught while sneaking through a building because I’m going from room to room just seeing what kind of furniture and wallpapers they’ve put up and don’t notice an enemy. The Visionaries aka bosses locales are often quite varied and pretty bizarre.
I know last week this game wasn’t doing so hot on steam but I’ve been playing on PC with little to no issue on either a 5700XT or a 3060. Did anyone else check it out yet? I’m interested to see how other’s feel about the early game’s perceived difficulty.