- System: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Gearbox Publishing / Microsoft Studios
- Developer: Compulsion Games
- Release Date: August 10, 2018
- Rating: M
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Survival
- Players: Single Player
- Official Website: https://compulsiongames.com/en/10/we-happy-few
We Happy Few - Gameplay Trailer
Who it Caters to
We Happy Few takes place in the psychedelic 60’s era in Britain, where the over-usage of a specific narcotic called “joy” has tampered with the minds of the people, leaving them in a state of euphoria and completely robbing them of the reality that’s happening. Anyone who loves a great story paired with exceptional voice acting and tactful humor will most definitely find We Happy Few to surely make you a very happy person indeed.
What to Expect
In this epic first person action-adventure game you play the role of three characters, all of whom have their own unique story plot... but for the sake of not spoiling too much we’ll stick with Arthur as he’s the first character you begin with in the game. As you learn more about his past and the truth behind Wellington Wells, the plot starts to grow thicker as now you’re somewhat of an enemy to the ‘Wellies’, who wear happy faces to symbolize joy and well being.
Since you decided to not take one of the joy pills, you start to see the truth that exists around you but are now considered a ‘downer’ by many, and need to take great care not to find yourself in harms way. We Happy Few’s open world allows you to explore the world of Wellington Wells, with roguelike elements in place which basically recreate the city each time you play. What was once there before is no longer there now, and so this creates a unique approach to how you play, encouraging you to use your survival tools to stay alive as long as possible. You’ll learn how to blend in with locals and how to break into homes to acquire specific items, while also using stealth mechanics to ensure you aren’t seen by the enemy as you infiltrate dangerous areas. We’ll dive more into the gameplay later on and provide more detail, but for now this is a small taste of what to expect.
The lighting and effects are executed beautifully, which really accentuate the dystopian societal theme with its use of dark colors and dilapidated housing to further emphasize just how terrible things are. Character models have this very unique feel to them, with certain body parts exaggerated to create this sort of cartoony yet realistic combination, which is quite fitting when you consider the whole plot itself. People are pretty much living in a fantasy world getting high off joy, totally oblivious to the unseen truths that are clearly unfolding around them. Their eyes are jaded and bereft of life, while the Wellies are all fake smiles trying to mask their torment.
However, there are times where clipping does happen and characters attack you through walls, and depending on your PC’s performance the game can slow down in frame rate due to all the sharp details. For this, we recommend to put your visual settings to high or medium for best performance and avoid any sort of mishaps along the way. For reference, our PC specs are NVIDIA GTX 970, Intel i7-3770S CPU @ 3.10ghz and 16gb of ram on a 64-bit OS.
From personal journals to love letters, every piece of information you find has its own little clue that can guide you along the way, but also can confuse you at times. Survival is your primary focus and for much of the game you’ll be doing a lot of breaking and entering, knocking people out to take whatever important documents they have, but also hiding their bodies to ensure you don’t get caught. This is where the whole Bioshock thing comes in and it has to do with enemy AI: let’s say you try to create a distraction by throwing a glass bottle, the enemy will immediately respond to the sound made and run towards that direction, giving you time to sneak past them and move onto your next target safely. However, this is where an issue comes into play for We Happy Few.
While the AI most of the time is quite adept to your movements and will alert their comrades to come and take you out, there were moments where the AI just didn’t seem to respond the way they should. An example is when we had to find the key to the bunker and to do so, we had to sneak into the General’s room to obtain it. The area is littered with soldiers and one false move can cost you everything… although we accidentally walked in front of the enemy but with no reaction at all. This didn’t occur quite often so it wasn’t anything bad, but just something to point out. You’ll need to also learn how to micromanage the items you carry since there’s limited storage, but as you progress through the game you can obtain an expansion pack. Another important factor to consider —and quite impressive— in We Happy Few is that you’ll need to also take care of your health. Exhaustion, thirst, and hunger play a very integral role in the game and as such, one must be very mindful while playing.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Bioshock fans will fall in love with this game instantly.
- Crafting items in game is easy and the UI is easy to navigate.
- The combination of survival and action adventure really add a lot more depth to the gameplay.
- Character animations are cartoony but still give off a realistic feel.
- Loved the voice acting. Superb.
- Visually beautiful.
- AI at times weren’t very smart.
- Enemies would sometimes attack us through walls.
- Clipping issues.
- Loading times felt longer than expected.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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