After months of publisher disputes, The Sinking City has resurfaced on PlayStation Store, alongside a new PS5 version. Based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, the game places you in the role of private investigator Charles Winfield Reed, investigating the supernatural town of Oakmont. Using your detective skills, you'll uncover why you’re having strange visions, what the town’s residents are hiding, and the origins of “The Flood” and the monsters it brought with it. While the core detective work is certainly the highlight of this experience, combat is extremely cumbersome and disruptive to the flow of the game. Unfortunately, pacing issues, confusing tutorials, and an overall lack of direction still are present in this re-release.
Although the PS5 version is not an upgrade for existing users due to ongoing legal disputes, the game is largely the same outside of some minor enhancements. It runs in 4K at 60 frames-per-second, but the game still suffers from frame drops and the occasional stuttering. Bugs are also still aplenty, with multiple instances of Reed getting stuck in a wall or being struck by a glitched flying barrel that comes out of nowhere. One great addition is the scaling back of loading. On PS4, they could be quite lengthy, but PS5 allows for load times to be only a few seconds. DualSense support is also added, with adaptive triggers getting more attention than haptic feedback. The triggers certainly help immersion when firing a gun or taking a photograph of evidence, but the haptic feedback feels incredibly lacklustre; it's nothing more than standard vibration.
While it's great to see The Sinking City return to PlayStation consoles, the PS5 version does little to make this worth an additional purchase for existing owners. DualSense support and shorter load times are nice additions, but performance and gameplay are still on the rough side. For newcomers, the lack of direction in particular can turn the engaging story into a backtracking slog very quickly. There's a great and engaging detective game buried here, but there are much better offerings out there to scratch your itch.
Such a pity they didnt try too improve the game more. 😔
Definitely going to pick this up at some point, I'm a big Frogwares fan. Not played this one yet.
I think I have this on Switch, but I might pick this up on a good sale.
Ps Plus written all over it
I reckon this is the march ps plus game
I enjoyed this quite a bit. It can feel clunky and unpolished in places but they absolutely nailed the atmosphere and setting. I paid about $25 and for that it's well worth it if you enjoy this type of game.
Thank you for re-reviewing this. I was very close to getting it while waiting for a PS5. I'm still interested, but I think I'll wait until after I have the elusive 5, just for quicker load times if the combat is that frustrating.
I re-purchased it because it was so unplayable on PS4 Pro for me, but the story was so good, I wanted to see it through to the end. I'm not sure where these issues are being found in the PS5 version, but it has played very smoothly for me so far. With that being said, the dual-sense features are weak and if you didn't like the combat in the 2019 release, this re-release won't change that.
This looks very noice!
I had the 'Day One' edition on PS4, came with a nice paper map. There were elements I really liked, the open city detective elements were really interesting. Navigating to locations without way points using visual clues I found to be engaging and more immersive than a floating arrow. The game was so glitchy though, and the combat was not fun at all for me. It was very cluncky and I feel it detracted from the atmosphere.
Flawed, but interesting enough that I played through the whole game and I was not disappointed with my purchase. I feel its problems are partly by design, so not suprised PS5 offers limited improvements.
@get2sammyb 100% worth it if you like Frogwares. I had skipped this previously and just bought this PS5 version. It is still buggy, as all Frogwares games are, but the 2-second fast travel makes the open world a breeze to navigate. It's basically an open world Holmes game with combat mixed in. Seems like it's basically the template for Sherlock Holmes Chapter 1.
I recently finished call of cthulhu which I really enjoyed by Frogwares and I found out sinking city had been taken off of the steam store for a while now I hope they add it back I am looking forward to playing this game
I'm avoiding this game until they give free upgrades, already paid for my PS4 copy, I shouldn't have to buy it all over again.
@KidBoruto Crazy sense of entitlement
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