- System: PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Developer: Arkane Studios
- Release Date: September 14, 2021
- Pricing: $59.99
- Rating: M
- Genre: Action, Shooter, RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://bethesda.net/en/game/deathloop
DEATHLOOP – Official Story Trailer: Down the Rabbit Hole
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The only way to learn how the loop works, who created it (and why), as well as how to stop it, is to replay the same day several times, always learning something new and using time travel in your favor. The day is also divided into 4 sections: morning, noon, afternoon, and evening. Following whatever leads he has discovered, Colt can choose what district he visits and at what time of the day. Choosing the right combinations, Colt's goal is to gather valuable pieces of info while exploring new paths or solve puzzles that become accessible. By killing the Visionaries—again, only available at specific times and places—you can loot unique weapons, trinkets, and slabs.
The best thing about Deathloop is that all codes are randomly generated at the start of your adventure, so you can't just Google them or ask a friend how to open a door or unlock a safe. The only way for you to solve puzzles is to actually play!
Assassinating the Visionaries more than once is important because that's how you loot slabs and trinkets, which give you special abilities. Every Visionary has a unique slab and duplicates work as upgrades. Charlie Montague, for example, carries the Shift slab, and it allows you to teleport across short distances, while Fia Zborowska is the owner of the Havoc slab, which makes you stronger overall. The thing is, once the day is over (either because you finish the day or someone kills you), you lose all weapons, trinkets, and slabs... unless they are imbued with a substance called residuum.
After completing a couple of loops, you'll be able to gather residuum from downed enemies and random objects, using it to imbue your most valuable items and keep them in your inventory. As boring as it sounds, exploring the same place over and over again may lead to different outcomes depending on the time of day, but that's also how you gather intel and better weapons and upgrades to enlarge your arsenal. Thanks to Colt's Reprise slab, you can die up to 2 times before having to restart the day. If you get killed—or fall into the water, because we know video game characters can't swim—you'll be transported to a "checkpoint" several meters behind you. Before losing everything, you can always go back to the tunnels and escape the level, although that's easier said than done. The only way to replenish your Reprise counter is to kill Julianna, which brings us to PvP and a new game mode!
By hunting Colt, you can rank up and unlock new costumes, so playing as Julianna is not (only) about ruining another player's experience. Thankfully, PvP is optional and even "friendly," so no need to worry about that.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Yes, dying and losing everything is frustrating, but all items can be found again in the next loop. Still, once you imbue the weapons, trinkets, and slabs that fit your playstyle, completing the story is a breeze.
- Extremely fun gameplay, from exploration to solving puzzles and killing thugs.
- Dying may be frustrating, but it's an opportunity to try new weapons, new paths, and even new skills and tactics.
- Enemy AI leaves much to be desired.
- Too many performance issues and several crashes, thanks to Denuvo.