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Limbo (Playstation 3)
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Limbo (Playstation 3)
Date: 30/08/11, updated on 30/08/11 (35 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent gameplay; unique graphics; atmospheric sound .
Disadvantages: Poor story .
You are a small boy, waking up in the middle of a dark forest, beginning the search to find your lost sister. This is a dangerous journey which will bring you to a factory full of deathtraps like spinning blades and electrical surfaces, and you will come across others who don't exactly give a warm welcome. Sadly, LIMBO's story is too simple so it seems like nothing more than an afterthought. Maybe the developers thought that it would give the game an emotional edge - could your sister possibly be alive with all these deadly traps? - but you'll be more focused on the gameplay. However, no text and dialogue through the course of the game adds somewhat adds tension to the game.
LIMBO is a 2D Puzzle Platformer, mixing classic retro gaming with elements from modern titles, resulting in absolutely outstanding gameplay. Not one loading screen interrupts your time with the game and the controls are very basic, making the most immersive and gripping experience possible. But what does the game actually involve? It's a straight walk through a one-layered world with various puzzles preventing you from progressing. Now I'll give an example of the kind of puzzles you will come across in the world of LIMBO.
An electrical wheel nearby is needed to progress, but you need to find a way to power it before you can do anything else. A small animal hides in an alcove and its food is stuck to the bottom of the ledge above you. So, you climb the ledge and jump on it several times until the food falls to the floor. The animal will come out for the food, so you quickly jump down and chase after it. You are blocking this strange creature's path to its original hiding place, so it runs into the wheel. The animal runs at full speed, making the wheel spin with it. When it is spinning fast enough, you finally pull a lever above it to turn on the power.
Many other puzzles involve careful timing to complete but some rely on trial and error. In one section, there are two traps. Both traps have one button. Until you try, you won't know whether to press the button or not to stay alive. Normally in a game, you would feel cheated and frustrated by this, but LIMBO doesn't punish you - it just drops you off at the last checkpoint, and in this game checkpoints are quite frequent. I have no doubt some people won't have the same opinion, though.
Puzzles may be the main gameplay element, but they don't make up the whole game. The game keeps you on your toes by using different gameplay types at different times. You might complete a puzzle and then walk into an enemy encounter, or get past a deathtrap sequence and then have to do a puzzle. Playdead have done a good job of making sure that you have no idea of what's coming.
One of the reasons LIMBO is so great is the graphical style. Black and white are the only colours used, providing an eerie and tense feeling. This may mean that there may be no detail on you and the objects that surround you, but this doesn't matter because the black and white style, which was compared to film noir by critics, is so unique. It suitably makes the game's setting seem more like hell.
The game doesn't really have a soundtrack, but the 'music' that can be heard, particularly the main theme, is very creepy. It's very quiet and helps LIMBO feel even tenser. The sound effects also add to the already strong atmosphere. There is no voice acting in the game, however.
LIMBO has had fairly mixed age ratings across the world. It received a BBFC 12 rating and a T (Teen) from the ESRB in America, while the PEGI gave it 18 and it received D from CERO, which is equivalent to a low 18+ rating. But which of these ratings does the game really deserve? It is quite a bloody game. When you are killed blood splatters and sometimes your body parts separate but the blood, like the rest of the game, is in black and white. I think the main reason it has some high ratings is the fact that this is a small boy being dismembered. In my opinion, the game is suitable for anyone over 12.
The only real drawback for LIMBO is the story which is far too simple. A more minor issue is that it doesn't really have much replay value, but there are over ten trophies.
This is essential for any PS3 owner. The gameplay is fantastic - there are loads of excellently designed puzzles, and there are various gameplay elements so you never know what's coming. The graphics are also great, with a unique style that makes the game so special and the audio add to the game's atmosphere. It may be short, but it's definitely worth it in the end.
Value for Money: 9/10
This review is also posted on Ciao, under my name YoshiCheesePuff.
Summary: A dark adventure which shouldn't be missed by any PS3 owner
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