Limbo Review

Game: Limbo
Genre: Puzzle-Platformer
System: PS3
Review by: Denoch

After a year long exclusivity deal with Microsoft, Playdead has finally released one of the most creative games on any digital or physical media thus far. Limbo has been one of those titles that is still talked about today and even more so after it’s release on the PlayStation console.

Story- Nothing has change from the 360 version, I didn’t get the chance to play it last year but the lack of story is still missing and it almost non-existent, although considering the name maybe it’s up to the player to fill in the gaps why a boy is looking for his sister. There really isn’t much of story-telling but it is still one of the best games that you can download on the PlayStation Network.

Graphics- The whole presentation is in black and white, with some lighting and some film grain effect, giving it the type of look similar to watching a classic movie only much prettier and much more modern. The different ways that you can die as a boy is really gruesome, being decapitated, dismembered, or crush until your nothing but a squashed bug is immorally impressive to watch.

Gameplay- Very simple and very easy to pick up and play, in the beginning at least, as you progress it will get more and more difficult. Limbo only uses two buttons for jump action and the directional pad, it’s a left to right 2D scroller with many puzzles along the way that will only get harder. With many scenarios like in the forest, warehouse or just the city, there will be man situations that you will need to overcome before you can find the boy’s sister.

Sound- There is no music to limbo, which to me makes sense because in the edge of heaven or hell, you are basically stuck, not having music gives you the sense that you are no longer living or waiting on your final destination. There is however a minimal of ambient noise, when you are walking, pushing crates or falling into a pit of electrical current.

Wishes or Changes- The only wish that I have would be the lack of story that was given, that is my only issue. The minimum of sound is perfect for the Limbo scenario along with the black and white presentation. I do however believe that the pricing compared to the four hours at most without any replay-ability is somewhat uneven.If the pricing change was maybe five dollars less than it would be more enticing.

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TQ bottom line- If you like indie games that brings full creativity to the table with nothing over the top graphics but a gameplay that will satisfy you for hours than Limbo is for you. After a year this game still feel fresh, almost like a brand new title if you have never played it before.

FINAL SCORE: 4.5 out of 5 Michelas!

Limbo
Developer: Playdead
Publisher: Playdead
Metacritic: 90
MSRP: $14.99

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