As I may have mentioned before on this blog, it feels rare that I’m hyped for a video game. If I am, it’s usually for about an hour or so after a trailer drops, and then I fall out of it. I go back to my daily life and mundanity.
However, this isn’t to say that I don’t occasionally get excited for new video games. It just has to depend on the game. I say this because every perfect now and then, a trailer drops that tickles my fancy, piques my interest, and I end up buying the game the day it comes out.
Case in point: Carrion, the latest from Devolver Digital.
Now, cards on the table, I haven’t finished the game yet, but at this current stage, it lives up to the hype that I had for it when I saw the first trailer for it.
In the game, you play as a red tentacle monster, who is in the process of escaping a containment laboratory. Along the way, you eat people, mutate to gain new abilities, eat people, slink around in vents and passageways, eat people, grow to a monstrous size…did I mention you get to eat people in this game?
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the game’s story, as I’m still playing it and the story so far is fairly minimal. However, the lack of a story makes the game no less fun to play.
I have it on PC, which uses the mouse for movement and eating people. While I am aware the game is available on other consoles (Switch and Xbox, specifically), I don’t know how well it handles, but in PC, the tentacle monster moves as satisfyingly as Spider-Man does in Spider-Man PS4. Whatever Phobia Game Studio did to make the monster look and sound so fluid and squishy worked to perfection here.
For some perspective, Carrion is a connected-world 2D scroller (I compare it to Ori and the Blind Forest, but there are probably other examples out there). However, mostly because it doesn’t have a map and backtracking is encouraged, I got lost.
But, because of how easy movement is, I was able to work my way back to where I needed to be with ease (after backtracking almost entirely to the start of the game). Still, the lack of a map is my only complaint, but I bet they’ll do a physical release of this game and includes a map poster or some-such.
9/10~ Now, if you need me, I’m off to pretend to be a tentacle monster for a while.
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