Season: A Letter to the Future is really interesting. You play as someone leaving their cosy mountain village, tasked with recording the history of a nearby valley before the changing of the season. A new season doesn't mean what it does in the real world, though. It's a major, seemingly cataclysmic event, capable of wiping the memories of all who live through it. In fact, danger seems to lurk behind many mundane things here, like tragedy masquerading as a warm hug.
Once you embark on your adventure, taking photographs and recording audio on a field mic, you'll start to uncover an alarming number of devastating events. Though the pleasing, vibrant valley you find yourself in is delightful to cycle through — even if it's easy to get caught on geometry — something's not right.
The stories you hear from the few remaining residents paint a very different picture: deities that steal your identity, a war quelled through sorcery, a mysterious mineral that feeds on memories. The number of curious things you encounter is incredible, and the sheer variety in stories is stellar. There are so many tidbits and hints of events that we wanted to hear about. The game takes a less-is-more approach in most cases, choosing to explain just enough to maintain intrigue, but there are multiple games' worth of ideas crammed into this experience.
In a clever move, the gameplay emphasises the world-building as well. Rather than shooting or doing platforming puzzles, you simply exist as an observer. Record as many interesting things as you can find, to ensure some record of your time exists after the seasons change and everything is wiped away. Organising and decorating your notebook becomes an almost religious experience as you fill it with all the moments that matter most to you. Picking just a few isn't easy.
While the voice acting is a little below par, the writing is superb, crafting meaningful, emotional moments seemingly at will, while walking a delicate tonal line between sadness and catharsis. What you're left with is a fascinating, emotionally powerful experience not soon to leave you.
Already have this preordered and can’t wait to play it. Yesterday I got nervous when Sony sent me a message on my psn that the game got delayed but it just ended up being the a message about the delay from last year lol
I wasn’t a fan of the demo, but it’s nice to see it review well.
I'm really lookin g forward to playing this. Thanks for a great review!👍
Cool to read that it's really good. Looking forward to playing it next Tuesday.
Awesome I'm looking forward to this. About how long was this cartharsis?
Looks great, but definitely a game I relegate to a subscription service eventually.
Looks right up my alley. I was waiting for reviews but I might order it now. May I ask how long the game is?
@glassmusic Lol. I was going to ask the same thing. Although isn’t it weird we want to know how long a meditative and artistic experience is?
@somnambulance Haha yeah.
If it were $15 I wouldn’t even ask, but at $30 I need to know if it’s a four hour meditative experience or a twelve hour one. I miss when indie games were so much more affordable, I used to take so many more chances! 😹
@KundaliniRising333 @somnambulance @glassmusic took me about 6-7 hours neither rushing, not going super slow!
Could definitely add a couple more hours on if you reallllly take your time with some of the exploration or get caught up with taking photos or recording audio!
@gbanas92 Thanks for the reply! The price tag on this one is a little high for me, so I’ll wait for a decent (~$15) sale down the road. My backlog is thanking me. 😹👍
@gbanas92 Thanks for the reply. I may just decide to take the bite on it and save it for a quieter gaming time in the year. I’ve been interested in this one since it was announced and it’s always good to have something that plays differently.
Heard some really great stuff about this, can’t wait for it.
@gbanas92 Is the platinum pretty easy? Seems like a pretty simple game. Yeah, I'm one of those guys. I have to admit I like look over my trophy collection every now and then.
@KaijuKaiser there is actually, rather shockingly, no platinum haha. I thought the days of seeing that were long gone, but at least at present, there's no platinum! It was an easy 100% however, got it without even having to seek any of the trophies!
@tameshiyaku Yup, looks like a perfect fit for PS Plus Extra/ Premium.
Excellent! I pre-ordered the game a month ago and can't wait to hop on my bike. Those characters look really interesting and colorful.
Got an e-mail from Sony the game is delayed with 1 day though. Not sure what happened there behind the scenes...
@gbanas92 Maybe they just felt like nothing giving away an easy plat. Still a strange choice not to include it. I think the last game I played without one was Little Nightmares, the first one that is. Not a dealbreaker as I also own a Switch which offers nothing like that.
@KaijuKaiser That could be, but plenty of easy games hand out platinum's like they're nothing these days. Games early in PS4 especially used to not include a Plat all the time, but it's gotten so rare now that I was actually really surprised to see it not have one! That's right, Little Nightmares didn't either!
@NielsNL might just be some weird certification hiccup or something!
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