I really don’t know how to start this review, so I’m going to do it simply. The Fall is amazing. I am thrilled that Over The Moon brought it to console, because if they hadn’t I probably never would of noticed it.
When I started playing The Fall I was sort of having a hard time with the controls, which require you to press multiple buttons at once to complete a simple action, such as interacting with objects. But once I adapted to them, which I did pretty quickly, I fell in love with the game. The story was amazing, there were some pretty challenging puzzles, and for an indie game the graphics were really good.
I’ll start off with the story. You are playing as a suit that contains an unconscious human. To make that easier to understand, at the beginning of the game, it shows a person falling down towards a planet. They hit down pretty hard, and in the next scene the human is unconscious and the suit that they were wearing is given the task of protecting them. If you still don’t understand what I mean, you’re just going to have to play the game and see for yourself.
Anyways, after you crash land you have to travel deeper into the planet, and you soon find out that there is a lot more to the whole thing then you realized.
One other thing I love about the game is the atmosphere. It combines a little horror with great lighting and sound effects to really make you feel like you are on the planet. The other characters that you come across, most of which are robots, are really unique and thought out and add personality to the game.
So, I’ve told you a little about the great story and excellent atmosphere, but there is something else that also made this game different than some. And that is the puzzles. The game really forces you to figure things out on your own. Most of these puzzles consist of finding all of the required items scattered throughout the area, and bringing them together for the right uses.
The final thing in the game that really stood out to me is the theme. Yes, I could of combined this with the story, but I really want to make a point of it. It does a really great job of showing what happens when robots become stronger than humans, and therefore attempt to take over. This is a fun game, not something with a boring lesson, but when you combine this theme with the rest of the game it makes it really amazing.
All in all, The Fall is not a game you should miss. If you haven’t played it yet on PC I would definitely recommend picking it up now on console. Even if you aren’t a fan of side-scrolling games, you should play this one just for the story. Yes, it did have a few downfalls, but for the most part it was great and I’m extremely excited for the sequel.
Developer: Over The Moon
Publisher: Over The Moon
Original Release Date: May 30, 2014
Platforms: Xbox One (Reviewed), PS4, PC, Mac, Wii U
ESRB Rating: T – Teen
*A copy of this game was provided for review.