Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Teotl Studios, Grip Digital
- Developer: Teotl Studios, Grip Digital
- Release Date: Sept 18, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Adventure, Survival
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.thesolusproject.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The Solus Project at first glance seems like your run of the mill adventure survival game. If we’re being honest here—and we always try to be here at Honey’s Anime—this isn’t too far from the reality of what you’re getting in The Solus Project. Players will explore a large world and need to craft items such as make shift torches and other items to solve various puzzles and situations that arise in The Solus Project. The crafting system at first is odd and sometimes weird but once you begin to realize how everything works it basically boils down to common sense. Want to craft a torch? You need a pipe or stick and some form of flammable material. Though if we do have any complains about the crafting system in The Solus Project it’s that there aren’t enough things to build or design which is a bit of a letdown.
Besides crafting, players will also need to survive various hazards in The Solus Project. These hazards come in the form of the need to eat and drink, stay warm during the harsh environment shifts—which there are a lot of—and dealing with random and sometimes not so random events. The first few hours can be tough in The Solus Project but quickly you’ll find the game can be very easy as food, water and items that boost your stats come in droves. This doesn’t make the experience horrible, mind you, but it takes the survival element out of The Solus Project quite quickly leaving a more focused adventure game which can be a turnoff if people wanted a more focused survival game. Though equally some might like this form of gameplay shift to remove the constant repetitive nature most survival games have.
Besides the gameplay, The Solus Project wants to be a story based game. Similar to titles like The Long Dark, The Solus Project gives players a lot of narrative though less by just word of mouth and more by finding objects scattered across the world. Many people who have dabbled with the PC version of The Solus Project say there’s an eerie feeling as you read past logs of various explorers who met their demise on the planet you’re not trying to survive on and we here at Honey’s Anime couldn’t agree more. While The Solus Project isn’t a horror based title, one could almost say the ideas within can be considered horror filled, especially when you find a note saying how some unknown threat has decimated a crew or a crew member suddenly disappearing. The atmosphere in The Solus Project is easily one of its greatest strengths and makes this 20+ hour title exciting from beginning to near end, we’ll mention why we state it like this later in our review.
One of the things we did love about The Solus Project is the graphics. From start to finish The Solus Project looks incredible, especially when you realize this isn’t a triple A title. Environments, various weather effects and explorable ruins all have beauty and strength in their design. There are a few times where the graphics take hit—namely the few character models and animations of them you’ll see—but it’s rare overall. Survival adventure titles always need to create a strong immersion using their graphics to keep players feeling as if they are part of the world and The Solus Project executes that quite well.
The Solus Project isn’t perfect and there are some issues that keep it from being amazing. The first major issue comes in the form of the ending. Honestly, while The Solus Project is an enjoyable story for most of the game, the ending scene seemed like an overly quick conclusion which for us ruined the experience a bit. Mind you, it’s important to note this is a subjective statement and others might like the ending more than we did which we hope is the case. Another issue we had with The Solus Project is the lack of replayability. While this is a 20+ hour title, if you’re playing The Solus Project for its survival gameplay you’re going to find there’s no point once the credits role, unless you’re aiming for 100% completion by finding all the secret items that The Solus Project contains. Overall, these are minor issues but we felt they needed to be mentioned as a warning to those who want to pick up The Solus Project.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Amazing visuals
- Great lore and narrative
- Simple but fun exploration gameplay
- Haunting but immersive atmosphere
- Tons of things to explore and discover
- Mediocre end
- No need to replay the game once the credits roll
- More adventure driven then survival focuses