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RIVE – Quick Game Review

RIVE – Quick Game Review
RIVE (PC [Reviewed], PS4)
Developer: Two Tribes
Publisher: Two Tribes Publishing

RIVE is a challenging twin stick shooter combined with an action platformer.

You are trapped on a spaceship, and you travel around in your robot, blasting everything to bits as you try to find fuel and a way back home. The story was straightforward, and there was more story, and dialog than I had anticipated given the genre of the game. 

The fast paced gameplay is very good, and the game switches up the level types to keep things interesting. I played with the mouse and keyboard, but using a controller is probably a better idea. I admit that I’m not the greatest at these types of games, but wow, I died so much. Some parts of the game are very difficult. Despite my innumerable deaths, I really enjoyed it. If you die enough the game suggests that you put it on to a ‘soft mode’ instead of the default ‘hard mode.’ I was stubborn, and put it off as long as I could, but part way through mission 9, I had to change it to soft mode. 

Pros:
  • solid platforming levels, and the areas with zero gravity give a good multi-directional twin stick shooter experience
  • level designs, boss encounters, and swarms of enemies are exciting, and you always have to be on your guard
  • combat feels good, and hacking enemies to control them is a neat feature
  • graphics looks great; good environments, and nice colours
  • all of the audio is well done, everything from the music to the sound effects to the voice acting; the dialog and voice acting really bring the game to life, and gave it a lot of character
  • speed-run, and single credit modes become available once you finish the campaign, and there are lots of achievements, and leader boards for those who fancy that sort of thing
Cons:
  • you can’t tell where the checkpoints are, and sometimes when the game loads, you have barely any time to react, and will sometimes die immediately, which was a bit frustrating when it happened – there were a couple spots in the game where I had to restart the the whole mission because it felt impossible for me to progress with the current save
  • the protagonist talks a lot, and some might find it annoying (I wasn’t bothered by it though)
  • this game is definitely not for casual players – soft mode is still challenging, and I got still stuck on some parts; if it wasn’t for soft mode, I don’t think I would have been able to finish the game (which took me about 7.5 hours playing the last quarter of the game on soft mode)
Conclusion:

The overall package RIVE is excellent. The way it combines twin stick shooting with platforming is impeccable. I found it to be quite a challenging game though, and those who enjoy a well-made,  challenging game will almost definitely enjoy RIVE. 

Review copy was provided by the developer.

Rating:

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