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Maize - PlayStation 4 Review

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THE CORN IS ALIVE!

Game Info: (Box Display)

  • System: PS4, PC, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Finish Line Games
  • Developer: Finish Line Games
  • Release Date: Sept 12, 2017

Who it Caters to

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Who it Caters to (Use Maz #1)
Maize is a truly interesting and unique first-person adventure game. Players will explore an odd world filled with hidden meanings and sentient life forms that shouldn’t be sentient. Maize gives players a means of solving clever puzzles utilizing riddle like clues and takes jabs at the game’s own world through odd wall breaking narrative. If you love adventure games that aren’t normal but truly aim to be different, then you’re going to like the world of Maize. Did we mention that the corn is sentient?

What to Expect

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Like most traditional first person adventure titles, Maize is about exploring a world and solving puzzles. The idea of Maize is to not be a simple adventure title but to incorporate satirical comedy and themes while playing. Puzzles, documents in game and various other narration are humor filled meaning Maize isn’t aiming to be a generic pick this up and go here adventure title. With over several hours of gameplay, Maize will be a title for those who want a long adventure but one that doesn’t overstay its welcome. Though many might wish Maize overstays its welcome once you begin to see some of the hilarious dialogue and just over the top concepts that Maize offers to the player.


Story

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Who are you? Where are you now? These questions may be important but will they be answered is a better question to be asked. Your job—or at the very least means of playing—is to explore a strange world that starts off as a barn and then becomes a secret research facility. Find out what happens when scientists do something foolish because they didn’t understand a memo in the world of Maize. Just be prepared for questions not being answered in the way you may want them to be.

Gameplay

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First person adventure games are a growing theme in the current gaming age. That’s why for many of these games it’s hard to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Luckily Maize by Finish Line Games does some rather smart moves with its gameplay that help it shine in many ways. However, is Maize worth shelling out $19.99? Let us tell you in our review of Maize.

As we stated Maize is a first-person adventure game meaning there are no guns to be found or action-packed moments. Your goal is to get from point a to point b for each area by finding random items and using them in various places. This is what Maize boils down to and while that isn’t a terrible thing, just don’t expect much variance here folks. In our 4 hours with Maize we only ever died a single time and we won’t explain where that happened at but it’s not because anything attacked us it was because we ran out of time in some timed puzzles.

Speaking of puzzles, Maize’s biggest strength and weakness comes from its puzzling solving gameplay. To solve most puzzles players just need to find the right item that fits the situation or combination of items. This really just leads to having players search every nook and cranny of several rooms but seeing as how Maize tries its absolute hardest to ensure you don’t get lost each item that can be collected—whether it’s for a puzzle or just a collectible—shines brightly and is hard to miss. Often if we did miss an item it’s because we just didn’t search a room thoroughly enough. Maize is forgiving which means if you’re not a fan of first person puzzle games that are too difficult or critical with finding items you’ll find a lot to enjoy in Maize. However, if you’re looking for a challenging game then Mazie is certainly not for you.

With what we’ve said so far, we feel many of you are now scratching your head and wondering what makes Maize worthwhile if it’s too easy and sounds overly linear? Well the reason why Maize is worth playing at all comes in the form of the quirky story and characters you will meet. Maize is an absolutely hilarious title with at times jabs at its own gameplay structure. Our favorite of the characters you will meet in Maize is a walking and talking stuffed bear named Vladdy who happens to be Russian and is quick to comment on the actions you take in the game, in a negative tone we might add. The various corn lifeforms also are a riot thanks to their classic comedy routines that make them sillier then downright creepy. Maize is a funny title and the reason we could put up with its failing in terms of gameplay is because we knew we’d get to see another comedy line or stick after the next puzzle was solved.

Graphically, Maize isn’t an overly impressive game but it does the job. The various environments look okay up until you get underground where a lot of the rooms and areas feel the same unfortunately. However, even at its worst Maize looks solid overall and that does the job here. Though what stands out for Maize is the voice acting which is just funny and ridiculous. Vladdy’s Russian accent or the European corn stalks excute their lines without any complaints and make the experience akin to watching a movie at times.


Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

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Maize might be simple and can sometimes be overly linear in design. However, Maize is a real pleasure to play if you’re in it for the story. The cast of characters and the quirky world you’re in just keeps you guessing are you playing a game or watching a comedy movie. We won’t spoil the ending for you but the road to the ending made Maize so worth the $19.99 price tag. If you’re a person who prefers a strong comedic narrative in their adventure games rather than just constantly solving tough puzzles, Maize was made for you.

Honey's Pros:

  • Strong visuals
  • Funny voice acting
  • Quirky but fun story
  • Simple gameplay
  • Vladdy is amazing
  • Ending hour is so hilarious

Honey's Cons:

  • Puzzles are way too easy
  • Linear gameplay
  • Your enjoyment will be based on liking comedic narrative over gameplay

Honey's Final Verdict:

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Maize may be a very simple game with a go there put this here gameplay theme but the story, visuals and overall quirky but fun humor make it an adventure worth playing all the way through. What’s great about Maize is that most will have no issues with getting lost of having difficulty solving puzzles which can turn off most from games like Maize. For $19.99 you’re getting 3-4 hours of gameplay—give or take how fast you go—and to us here at Honey’s Anime it’s worth it 100%. Now we would love to know are you excited to play Maize and see this odd story unfold for yourself? Comment below and if you want to show us love and support be sure to return to us here at Honey’s Anime for more game reviews just like this one.

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