What I liked:
- The presentation side of the game carries a certain amount of charm within it and both the visuals and sound design fit the gameplay’s style extremely well.
- Whilst the crafting elements in the game don’t have a ton of depth to them they still remained enjoyable and somewhat important at times.
- They do a great job of easing you in gently when it comes to the quests and even though the quests ramp up in difficulty I never found myself getting frustrated.
- I found the story that accompanied the gameplay to be very interesting throughout and this definitely made the gameplay more exciting.
What I didn’t like:
- The combat isn’t the best and in my opinion it’s lacking in several areas which makes it become repetitive very quickly.
- I got lost several times during my adventure and whilst it was fun exploring at first this did end up becoming quite tedious.
- Sometimes the controls didn’t always feel as fluid and responsive as they should’ve been which did cause me a few problems along the way.
Does Windscape do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all Windscape features a style of gameplay that will no doubt be loved by many and at times it does have a likeness to Zelda. It is however not the perfect experience and some of the shortcomings are a little off-putting but without a doubt it definitely gets more right than it gets wrong. From the moment I started the game then I was captivated by the beautiful presentation and for me both the visuals and sound design were perfect in every way. This then meant I enjoyed the already very good story even more and I also became even more attached to the characters within the story. In terms of the gameplay then it’s your typical adventure game with some crafting elements thrown in along the way, which I must admit were pretty good for the most part. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the combat elements though because I found them to lack in depth and there wasn’t much that stood out here. The combat is further hindered by the lack of fluidity when it comes to the controls as well and sometimes this did cause me to experience a few problems. Despite this though I never seemed to get frustrated and that’s mainly because they ease you into quests gently which made me become really confident as I progressed. At the end of the day then Windscape isn’t the best game I’ve ever played in this specific genre but it’s also not the worst and in the end it offers enough fun and enjoyable moments to deserve a recommendation from me.
I rate Windscape 7/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Magic Sandbox
Publisher: Headup GmbH
Genre: Action Adventure/Role-Playing
Release Date (Xbox One): March 27, 2019