Returnal The Cycle

1 : Anonymous2021/05/21 12:32 ID: nhreei
Returnal The Cycle
2 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:27 ID: gyybdqm

Mechanically, Returnal is one of the best games I've ever played.

The combination of super tight gunplay, great weapons, amazing controller implementation and next level sound cannot be appreciated without actually playing this game.

It's insanely addictive even after dying 100s of times I'll always go back.

3 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:04 ID: gyy0coe

Game was 80$ well spent for me and still trying to get the platinum, always wondered what a AAA roguelike would look like and they nailed it

4 : Anonymous2021/05/21 12:43 ID: gyxr0sv

I really, really, really want to buy this game but I am worried that I won’t get much enjoyment out of it, mainly because of the difficulty and the lack of a save mechanic…

Watching this video is like torture to me!!

ID: gyxri5s

They are working on adding some sort of save function, so you can get it once they roll out that patch. As for the difficulty, i don't think they'll add an easy mode or something like that but my advice is keep at it if you feel frustrated.

Beating this game and watching the credits roll is an experience like no other.

ID: gyxu7x0

If you hate souls games or snes era games, or contra, youll probably hate this

ID: gyxrc0s

Rumor has it they are implementing a save feature so if that is a concern sit tight and wait for that patch before purchasing.

ID: gyxz3r5

Honestly the difficulty is so fucking punishing. But at the same time it creates an aesthetic and dynamic that make the game extremely immersive. She’s literally going insane having to do this over and over and the collectibles and gameplay make it clear that you are going insane. And yeah shit is making me insane irl. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but you have to have patience as there is hope! It’s so difficulty but once you really start focusing on your play style and how you can improve you actually get good and it’s just so satisfying

ID: gyxs2mb

I was on the fence about it also and only bought it because I wanted a game that took advantage of the PS5. It is easily one of my favorite games I've played.

Don't worry too much about the lack of a save. As a parent, I get about 30 minutes to an hour of playtime in a sitting and haven't had any issues with there being no save mechanic.

Difficulty is just something you deal with. It's tough, but fair.

ID: gyxwjr4

I’m definitely looking for that game...haven’t quite had the next-gen feeling just yet. But there’s just nothing I’ve seen about Returnal that makes me think I’d enjoy it. Just isn’t my type of game I guess

ID: gyxsapy

Funny how your reddit username is more or less the same as something that is constantly referenced in the game story.

You sure you haven't bought the game and played it lol?

ID: gyxss3y

Nope, not played it before…but I did realise my username is the same as the signal in the game when I watched a few gameplay videos!

I took my username from a Coldplay song…that and I have been on reddit for 3 years lol

ID: gyxsl6w

In my experience, there comes a point where everything just clicks. I had the hardest time with the first half of the game when I was learning the levels and mechanics, but as soon as you get in the flow you don't look back and you're speeding through everything like its nothing. Granted I recently played Enter the Gungeon and Demon's Souls so I've been playing more difficult games lately.

ID: gyxy4fi

It's not that difficult. It's got a learning curve but it starts to get pretty easy once you get halfway through.

The no save thing is not an issue. You will die enough times that it doesn't matter or once you get halfway through, it basically puts you at a checkpoint so you don't have to go through the first 3 parts again. You're supposed to die a lot. You will not have super long runs, especially in the beginning when you're not good at it.

It's a phenomenal game.

ID: gyyux8f

The lack of a save feature is annoying the players because it prevents them from taking a break (power off the console or switch to another game) without having to restart their run from the beginning once they jump back in.

5 : Anonymous2021/05/21 13:48 ID: gyxyd1s

Game of the Year

6 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:43 ID: gyy5fxf

FYI there are some scenes in the video people might consider spoilers, so be careful if you're worried about that

7 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:50 ID: gyy6b2h

Can't wait to play it. I won a copy a few days ago, it's getting posted to me early next week!

8 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:41 ID: gyydafn

I keep reading that the game is really hard to get through. Any feedback?

ID: gyyfkrq

Ive never played a roguelite before and so when i started on the first biome i was so overwhelmed and even intimidated. I died 12 times in the first biome just trying to learn the mechanics.. Then i started exploring everything, played somewhat more cautious using the doors for cover.. I had one more death in Biome 3, and then finished the game on the next run. The game is addicting as hell and I felt more accomplished finishing it than any other game ive ever played. I would say its totally worth it, even if it can be hard and intimidating at times.

ID: gyyj0rc

Thanks for the feedback, I'm a little intimated as well to try it out especially at that price tag but will definitely give it a shot when the price comes down a bit.

ID: gyyt73k

The difficulty in this game can really change from person to person.

Imo it can be really hard for people that never played a more hardcore game but with patience and lot of deaths everyone can take the challenge.

The game expect you learn how to dodge, build your items and adapt for every situations, when you learn It the game will not be that hard but will keep punishing putting you at the start of game every death.

It is a challenging game that is from hardest game but will requires you to "git gud".Honestly it isnt a game for everyone, but can be fun if you really try it.

Take a look at some videos to see if It is a game you would enjoy or wait for its price to drop.

9 : Anonymous2021/05/21 16:34 ID: gyykcso

I was like #420 and I love nothing more than blazing and playing Returnal. Long live Housemarque games!

10 : Anonymous2021/05/21 16:54 ID: gyyn01r

All my homies hate Biome 3 and 5. Drone lives don’t matter.

11 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:01 ID: gyyo1zr

Man I am stuck in biome 3, the kamikaze droids are destroying me

12 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:45 ID: gyyu0ni

Can we get DLC yet?

14 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:00 ID: gyxzxea

Do they do these kind of cinematic interviews for other exclusives as well? Feel like it would be cool to do something similar for other titles. Like the more the interviewer finds out about the games from the Director, the more he becomes apart of that universe unknowingly. I think it would be a neat reoccurring feature that only happens with big releases. Like they could do something fun with Neil Druckmann by having the interview going smoothly before he get's taken out and Infected/ Clickers start to circle around the interviewer. You could do a lot of this premise of entering these directors worlds.

15 : Anonymous2021/05/21 13:04 ID: gyxtci6

Would love to play it but only when a save feature is implemented

16 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:24 ID: gyyax6a

It was a concern of mine but once you start playing you realize individual runs aren’t entirely that important. There are also shortcuts and whatnot as you progress.

17 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:52 ID: gyyeqzj

I was fully with you in terms of the gameplay implications of no save mechanic up until I got to the end of the game.

They either need to add a save mechanic or really fix all their crashing. I didn't crash once until the last biome. Fought the last boss and died but knew coming back I would be able to do it. I get all the way up until I am on my way to the room and my audio cuts out and then... Crash.

It is absolutely soul crushing when you get a really get combination of gear and are about to end the game and it's just taken away from you. Watching my character wake back up on the ground hurt so bad I have not played since.

18 : Anonymous2021/05/21 13:48 ID: gyxycii

Oh get over it. It's really not needed but it's coming eventually anyways. The game isn't built around playing for hours and hours at a time on one run and needing to stop and save. You either make it to the halfway point in the game and it basically gives you a checkpoint that resets you and gives you a save point anyways, or you die and restart the first half. It's not a big open world game. It's designed for you to die a lot and once you get really good at it, you can beat the whole game or one half at a time pretty quickly.

There's plenty of things that carry over when you close the game that will make each run a bit easier. That's how you play the game. Think of it like jumping into an arcade game.

Downvoted by people who haven't played the game and have bought into this idea that it's a long game that requires saving. It's not that kind of game.

If you are playing it and you're spending hours in it and still in the second Biome and are drained and need a break, then you need to get better at the game. Start a new cycle and figure out how to get yourself more geared and upgraded. The game does not reward sneaking around and playing like a coward. It will waste time and you will get hit more often and you won't have as much max health or money to buy upgrades as you should and you will be gimped through your whole run.

If the game crashes during a run, who cares? Start a new one. You'll lose all your stuff halfway through anyways.

19 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:10 ID: gyy94hx

Ok sweatlord

20 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:14 ID: gyy1ocm

The save feature is needed, if you fully explore all biomes you can easily spend 3 hours in a single run.

Sometimes happens of your friends calling you to play another game but you are still at half your run...

21 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:37 ID: gyy4lsz

Oh shut up, you get over it. We aren't all man children living in mommy's basement with unlimited pro-gaming time. All othe roguelites have a save-quit.

22 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:21 ID: gyy2lxq

I just prefer the soulsborne way of doing things

23 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:11 ID: gyy19eg


24 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:18 ID: gyy23e1

Playing the game right now is really not that important. Nobody's hurting themselves by having a little patience.

25 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:18 ID: gyy24mx

Can somebody give me some tips for this game? I've played over a day and i cant even beat the third boss. I have a hard time even making it to the third boss with decent equipment.

26 : Anonymous2021/05/21 16:59 ID: gyynno0

That sounds pretty normal tbh!! Just keep grinding. As a general tip, I'll almost always try to prioritize anything that can give you integrity (damage leech, adrenaline % as integrity, anything that improves your max integrity or protection, Astronaut figurine, etc). Those can help you get through longer levels, like biome 3, but also can be what pushes you over the edge for boss battles. For the 2nd boss, I had the artifact that restores health slowly if you're low, and had JUST enough health that I could take a hit, and if I managed to not get hit for ~20 seconds after, I'd be able to take another. Beat the boss PURELY because of that.

27 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:01 ID: gyyo018

Appreciate it. I feel like i get the concept of what i need but i never know if i should rush to the 3rd boss or grind through all the biomes to collect the best gear i can. Definitely helps to know that if i dodge towards the missiles of drones they miss me, they were fucking up my runs.

28 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:51 ID: gyyuql1

Grind biomes 1 and 2 skipping Bosses, spend you obolites on integrity, protection and health consumables.

During biome 3 keep your distance and play safe, focus on dodging and taking cover from missiles.

Third Boss on first phase just keep walking to the sides of platforms, most bullets will miss you but look for the "alien" attacks.

During phase 2, keep yourself at the platforms nearest to the boss and continue with strategy from phase 1.

Phase 3 you should always be going forward until you reach the boss, even if you dont see a platform just jump and eventually some platform will rise where you can grapple.

29 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:46 ID: gyy5rgu

Talking about nemesis? Im a little stuck on him too. I beat the first 2 bosses first try but this fucker is really annoying. I almost had him in my last run... literally a few hits away from winning and then he killed me.

My strategy so far is keep moving, learn his attacks and make full use of the dash/dodge when you need. You almost have to keep one eye on him and one eye on everything else. The carbine weapon has been the best for me so far. Hope that helps some.

Edit: Astronaut artifact helps.

30 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:47 ID: gyy5zjq

I can barely even make it to him because of those drones that shoot impossible to dodge missiles at you. If i do make it I don't have enough health to even have a chance.

31 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:58 ID: gyy7hs1

Pistol + void beam was excellent if you can find one. Super heavy damage from far range. Otherwise, like you said, just constantly moving while taking pot shots.

32 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:01 ID: gyy7t81


once you enter a room look at the map for good routes to take cover o position yourself high

use doors to cover - dual sense will tell you when they stopped attacking you from the other side

keep your adrenaline as high as possible - you get more obolites to buy stuff

melee and dash give you iframes

when you have many enemies coming at you dont concentrate on one - shoot as many as you can once to prevent them from attacking

33 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:14 ID: gyy9mec

The biggest tip I could give someone is that ADSing is almost never worth it, the weak point damage bonus just isnt worth the movement penalty. Simply by constantly strafing in circles around enemies you will dodge pretty much everything, then dash when you need to to dodge the rest. Just keep shooting.

Also, one melee attack will stun pretty much every non-malformed enemy, even mini-bosses

34 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:43 ID: gyydi8t

Dude, I used the hollow seeker with a single laser special. Took me a loooong time to kill the 3rd boss. Use the grapple to platforms as a safe window for dodging the big bursts off attacks. You'll get it

35 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:11 ID: gyy95ao

Man I want to love this game but while the action is pretty great, the roguelite stuff is so mediocre that it doesn't make me want to explore or play differently.

36 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:26 ID: gyyb793

I really wanna play this, but I'm just not good enough or have the time for this kind of game. Same reason I haven't play Demon Souls.

I wish there was a story mode in all of these games. And obviously a save mechanic so I don't have to play the same parts 10 times. I have school and work that comes first.

37 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:11 ID: gyypc9g

Can we save in this game yet, or is that going to be patched in later? I love it, I just don't want to spend an entire day on a 7 hour run that I lose due to a system update during rest mode.

38 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:42 ID: gyytmgl

Trust me, there are very few instances where you need to be on a 7 hour run.

I’ve played 60 hours of the game and the most I’ve been on is a 3 hour run and that was me doing the last 3 biomes before death.

You get a checkpoint to reach biome 2 after you beat the first boss and depending on rng you can reach the 2 biome in under 15 minutes. Same after you beat boss 2. You get a weapon boost beginning each biome so you aren’t under leveled. Health is very important but you don’t need it once you understand the attack patterns. I usually would play through an area a few times expecting death then once I knew I could beat the boss I’d grind either 1-3 for max health or 3-6.

You get a major checkpoint after boss 3 that makes it so you don’t have to do 1-3 biomes again.

You can use shortcuts to get to biome 5 or 6.

I can reach the final boss from starting biome 4 within 30 minutes.

If you are scared of playing it because of lack of save, I promise you, it isn’t that bad. People make it seem like you have to complete the entire game from a fresh save and that is not the case.

You also can use rest mode with auto updates turned off.

39 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:44 ID: gyyttuc

You get a checkpoint to reach biome 2 after you beat the first boss and depending on rng you can reach the 2 biome in under 15 minutes. Same after you beat boss 2.

If I go straight to biome 3 I usually get killed immediately. I have to work my way up to there, which takes about an hour or two.

40 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:24 ID: gyyr27y

They still are working on the save system, you cant save yet but Housemarque said they are really looking for It.

The longest run I had was 3 hours and It was slowly exploring all biomes, you hardly gonna have a 7 hours run.

41 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:14 ID: gyy9mib

Definitely going to be purchasing this game regardless but do you guys think there will be any chance at all we see a discount on it during the Days of Play sale?

42 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:41 ID: gyytfub

Considering I dont saw many discount on PS5 games I think this one have low chances of appearing on promotions too soon.

43 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:19 ID: gyyabc3

That was awesome.

Game of the year!

44 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:31 ID: gyybyoa

I still can’t get past the first boss ahaha. But game is awesome. Very fluid (frame rate and combat)!

45 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:50 ID: gyyeg8i

I love this game. Almost have all the stones.

46 : Anonymous2021/05/21 16:38 ID: gyykwpw

I stopped playing until the save feature comes out but I was enjoying the hell out of it. Game is crazy fun and I can’t wait to get back into it

47 : Anonymous2021/05/21 16:55 ID: gyyn7ds

My first rogue lite but it’s been amazing. I don’t understand what the hell is going on but it’s very interesting and weird. I’m on the fifth biome and I’m gonna be on that for awhile.

48 : Anonymous2021/05/21 19:06 ID: gyz4jo0

I just want to say I was initially voicing a lot of critique regarding the difficulty of the game and accessibility for a new IP. However last week I said fuck it and bought the game since everyone has been raving about it. I died 9 times in Biome 1 and then something just clicked. The game does very little hand holding but once you get it, it becomes absolutely amazing. Easily my GOTY so far! Anyone on the fence, please give it a shot! It is so worth it. The story is batshit crazy, the world building is intriguing and the gameplay is rock solid! It is challenging but fulfilling at the same time.

I completed Biome 2 and Biome 3 without dying. Biome 3 was hell but somehow I scraped through and holy shit the boss fight is the best one I've played in ages! On a side note, this is the second game after Astro that has totally convinced me about the dualsense controller. They've absolutely nailed the primary and secondary fire and every developer out there should take a leaf from their notebook.

49 : Anonymous2021/05/21 14:34 ID: gyy47hf


50 : Anonymous2021/05/21 15:50 ID: gyyegs4

4k all the way.

51 : Anonymous2021/05/21 17:55 ID: gyyv9si

The game is awesome the ending not so much


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