- I love how they go about telling you the story in the game and this unique way not only keeps things interesting but it also makes you want to carry on as well.
- The mechanics that are in play throughout the game are very well done and when they combine together it can create quite a bit of enjoyment.
- I was a massive fan of the presentation side of the game and I think they’ve done a wonderful job of creating a lonely and hopeless atmosphere.
- Whilst the game is very difficult it’s not as complex as some of the other game’s in the genre and this can work in its favour at times.
- The game is extremely difficult and it will take you a while to get past certain stages, which will no doubt cause you frustration.
- As you progress through the game you will notice that it starts to get really repetetive, which will be off-putting for some.
- I would have liked to have more options and more things to do, and this in my opinion would have given the game more replay value.
All in all survival games aren’t my most favourite of games. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate them it’s just after a little while they do start to become boring, at least for me anyway. Symmetry is the latest addition to the genre and whilst it still has those boring moments I ended up enjoying it more than I disliked it. The story in the game is simple yet very effective and I liked the way they told it to you. In a way it had a unique way of being presented to you and without a doubt that was a big reason why I carried on with the game. There are a number of different mechanics in play at the same time and most of them work together really well, which in turn makes the gameplay enjoyable at times. The main reason why the gameplay is only enjoyable at times is because the game is very difficult and in my opinion the difficulty curve will put quite a few people off. Another problem with the game is that it doesn’t have as many options as other game’s in the genre and this means the replayabiliy isn’t as high as it should be and things start to become tedious a lot more rapidly. I will say though that in a way I like that they haven’t made things too complex because other game’s in the genre can be awash with little details here and there and you can miss them at times, but thankfully that’s not the case here. In terms of content the game doesn’t have a huge amount but it has just enough to keep you occupied. The only problem is that the content can get repetetive quite quickly and without a doubt this game is best played in short bursts. The presentation side of the game is something that I enjoyed quite a lot. Visually the game stirs up quite a few emotions and the accompanying sound design adds to this creating an immersive experience at times. At the end of the day fans of survival games will no doubt find something here that tickles their fancy. Symmetry is not the best survival game nor is it the worst and it does provide you with some unique gameplay, but the few shortcomings it has stops it from reaching its full potential. That being said Symmetry does enough to warrant a recommendation from me because it has more good going for it than bad.
I rate Symmetry 7/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Sleepless Clinic
Release Date (Xbox One): February 23, 2018