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Soul Axiom – Quick Game Review

Soul Axiom – Quick Game Review
Soul Axiom (PC [Reviewed], XBO, PS4, Wii U, MAC)
Developer: Wales Interactive
Publisher: Wales Interactive

Soul Axiom is a first-person sci-fi puzzle game set inside a cyber-world.

The gameplay in Soul Axiom revolves VERY heavily around solving puzzles. As you progress through the game, you will discover new powers that you need to use to manipulate, and destroy parts of the environment.

Once you reach the HUB in Elysia, there are 12 memories for you to learn about and experience. Each memory is set in a unique world to explore, with it’s own set of puzzles to figure out. If you are paying attention to your surroundings, there are plenty of clues that will help you greatly in finding the solutions.

The story starts as a mystery, and you have no idea who you are or how you wound up in the digital afterlife of Elysia. The story was interesting once I figured it all out, but it takes quite a while to put some of the mysteries of the game to rest.

Pros:
  • controls are fully customizable, and the game has full controller support
  • the in-game memories (levels) are unique in their environments and style
  • ambience and background music are enjoyable
  • multiple settings to adjust graphics and audio for a better experience
  • there is a good amount of content available, all loaded with tons of puzzles
  • explore to find hidden collectibles for additional backstory and character information
  • having powers to manipulate and destroy certain objects adds a nice feature to the game
Cons:
  • quality of the cinematics seem like they are much lower than the rest of the game
  • some of the sound effects get a little annoying when you hear them repeating several times (this is usually by using certain powers or interacting with certain objects)
  • no windowed fullscreen mode
  • the game forces you to replay some parts of the first 12 memories after you complete them, in order to access the 12 new corrupted memories, and fill in the story gaps
  • the powers seem to have a cooldown when using the same one in quick succession or after changing powers (this can be a minor annoyance on some of the quicker puzzles)
Conclusion:

I spent over 15 hours playing the game to complete everything, and then about another half an hour to experience each of the endings that the game has to offer. The game has a TON of unique puzzles. However, due to the nature of a puzzle game, I cannot see replaying the game once you fully complete it. Soul Axiom is a game that is meant for people who love puzzles, and if you do, you will probably enjoy it. I got a lot of enjoyment out of the gameplay, and I feel that I got my money’s worth in content. If you are not a big fan of puzzles, and problem solving, then you will probably not enjoy this game.

Rating:

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