Deathloop, the next generation first person PC game was recently launched by Arkane Lyon. This highly anticipated game was released on 14th September and as expected, people are liking the game well.
Published by Bethesda Softworks, Deathloop is an exclusive game for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 5. As soon as the game was launched, it was met with universal praise and fans can’t seem to get enough of the game Deathloop. In fact, the game has already become one of the best reviewed games for PS5.
In the game, the player takes up the role of protagonist named Colt, who is an assassin. According to the story of the game, Colt is stuck in a time loop, were he has been given the task of clearing eight targets, hence the name “Deathloop.” The said targets are known as ‘Visionaries,’ who are scattered all across the island. Colt needs to clear them all before the clock strikes midnight.
However, if the players, or Colt, misses even one of the Visionaries before midnight, the time repeats itself and resets all the progress. Other than that, the loop again begins in case Colt is dead before clearing out all the visionaries.
In order to end the target visionaries, the players are equipped with stealth, guns, weapons, gadgets, powers and other combination to fight. The working of Deathloop is quite similar to Arkane Lyon’s previous games ‘Prey’ and ‘Dishonored.’ Like these two games, the Deathloop players too are needed to avoid the guards and move around learning the pattern of the target visionaries.
The game is also compared to another time loop game, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.’ Deathloop is quite different from Majora’s Mask as in the latter game, the time loop is strictly timed. On the other hands, Deathloop is more focused on giving the player more freedom in terms of time to take out the targets before midnight.
This hyper-violent game is being liked by the players. Deathloop has become popular for its extra violent nature, buried secrets and stylish and cathartic action. The Guardian described the game as, “Deathloop definitely has things to say. Alongside other recent time-loop adventures 12 Minutes, Returnal and Outer Wilds, it is part of a growing trend among modern developers to really interrogate the structural and experiential repetition inherent in mainstream action-adventure games. If it feels like you have been in these worlds before, if it seems like you have already fired these weapons, explored these buildings, completed these fetch quests and fought in these choke points, it’s because you have – many, many times.”
On the other hand, GameRant reported that the invasions and action of Deathloop is far better than any other Dark Soul game. The media outlet said, “Deathloop has managed to improve the invasions on the system, making it “one of the most interesting elements of an already interesting game.”
In Lyon’s Deathloop, every single day is divided into four terms- Morning period, Night period, afternoon periods and Evening. There are four islands in total where the visionaries will be found. These islands are further termed as four districts of Updaam, Karl’s Bay, Fristad Rock, and The Complex. Apparently, moving from one island to another advances the time that a player has in hand.
Moreover, the time on the islands may vary and hence, the routine of people on different islands depends on the time that he/she enters the island at. In fact, the actions of the player, aka Colt, will also eventually affect the time and routine on the other island.
The game is set in the 1960s. It takes place on the main island called Blackreef, which was originally a residence for local fishing settlements. The island, which was once a military base, is currently under the ownership of AEON Program, who are responsible for the exploitation of the island’s precious and unique sources. Visionaries are the people who have been attracted by Serling, the ownder of AEON program, to work for them.
The main characters in the game involve two major visionaries. First is Julianna, who is immune to the memory eraser caused by the time loop. Other one is Colt, the protagonist, who has betrayed the AEON in order to break the loop and save the island. Therefore, everyone has turned against Colt Vahn. To successfully put an end to the loop, Colt is mandated to assassinate the eight other Visionaries, Julianna being an important one.
However, other than all the good things, the game Deathloop has showed some errors while playing of PC recently. It was reported yesterday that the Deathloop PC port was having some trouble. As per the reports, the PC port of the game was experiencing stutters and performance issues. The problem aroused when the players were playing the game at higher frame rates.
As soon the glitch was reported, the Bethesda Community Manager immediately addressed the issue stating that their workers and developers were investigating the issue. Jokingly replying to a comments about the glitch, the Bethesda community manager Andre Carlos wrote in reply “While those burgers do look great, regarding performance we are aware of reports that some PC users are experiencing stuttering issues in Deathloop… We’re actively investigating the issue right now as a priority, and will update you with more specific information as soon as possible.”
There are no further reports about the stuttering issues with the game. However, if we talk about its critical score, Deathloop has earned and currently enjoying an aggregate score of 88% on Metacritic. On the other hand, the rating platform Steam gave mixed reviews about the game Deathloop with a score of 64%.