On paper, AWAY: The Survival Series sounds like a really interesting experience. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has died out and only pockets of life remain. You get to play as an adorable young sugar glider who is trying to survive in a dangerous and hostile environment with his family. It all sounds like it’d be a fun and exciting adventure, but the reality just leaves behind a sour taste.
A David Attenborough-style narrator will gently guide you by describing the world around you. It’s an interesting way to teach you about the threats you’ll encounter and at times it does feel like you're in a BBC nature documentary. The problem is that the narrator often talks over himself making it almost impossible to tell what he’s on about.
With sugar gliders being quite agile creatures, you’d expect exploring to be quite fun, but you’d be wrong. With a camera that follows a little too close behind you and clumsy controls this little marsupial is all too easy to glide straight into a thorny bush or to a watery grave. Trying to fight against predators is also a painful experience as it just feels like you're mashing away at buttons rather than using any skill.
The story mode will be wrapped up within five hours but there is an exploration mode if you haven’t quite had your fill of bugs. Here you’ll be able to take control of other creatures and, as the title suggests, explore. There are short video logs dotted around the place if you want to try to find out more about what happened to the world. Although, once you realise that the other creatures are even harder to control than the sugar glider, and have encountered your fair share of crashes, you’ll probably decide that you don’t actually care that much about the reasons for humanity’s demise.
I had a feeling this would suck, still a shame
Ah gutted, the trailer did look interesting, hopefully it comes to plus at some point so can give it a go.
Spoiler alert, this game killed humanity.
Dang. I remember watching the trailer for the game since Sony's first state of play back in 2019. Honestly wished they released some demo to listen for the feedback cause I like the concept (the closest thing we can get similar to Tokyo Jungle) but man, this game really needed more time in the oven.
looked interesting, but not surprised by the awful review.
This looks to be one of the worst games released this year. There are better games being made in Dreams. Imagine paying $29.99/£34.99 for this!
Darn, I was looking forward to this.
I'd I had a dollar for every time I was let down by a game about animals with a narrator, I'd have two dollars.
Which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice.
@Enuo what was the first time?
Jeez today's reviews have been a little rough lol. The best was diablo 2 and that got a 7
Yeah, I’ve played a few games like this with animals (mostly foxes for some reason) running around doing stuff.
They’ve all been sh*t.
I’ll probably still play this at some point though.
Bummer, I was genuinely hoping this would be good.
That is a sad, sad day for all marsupials of aerial inclination...
But the moral of the story is that humanity needs a Tokyo Jungle 2 that is now miraculously in 3D and playable in both flatscreen and VR and features crossplay co-op.
I had a feeling this would review badly, oh well.
Oof, I had hopes this would be good as it looked interesting. Shame. Maybe patches and a deep sale will change my mind on getting this now.
That's a shame.
Damn. Really wanted this one to work out. Something new and different. Oh well😕
Game is still incredible clunky with controls doubtful it will ever be fixed
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