Review: Returnal

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Disobeying the orders of her superiors, you play as Selene Vassos, an explorer for the ASTRA corporation. In this exclusive Playstation game, Returnal, will immerse you in a breathtaking sci-fi universe. In search of the “White Shadow” signal, your ship will be forced to land on the planet Atropos, where the mystery begins.

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Developed by: Housemarque
Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 5

Type of game: Third-person shooting, psychological horror

Average time of one game: 1 hour

Total play time: Between 20 and 40 hours

Topics: Shooting, Futuristic, Psychological Horror

Business model: Just need to buy the game once.

Number of players: 1 player

Available in physical (blu-ray) or digital (download on console)

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This game has only one level of difficulty and it is a bit difficult for those who are not used to survival games.

Violence, fear, nudity?

There is blood, violence and violent themes. You use futuristic firearms to fight. Sometimes you use explosive weapons and you can hear cries of pain. There is also bloodshed. There are also many themes surrounding death in this game.

Language level used

There is a crude and sustained language.

Positive message

It is a RogueLike type game that has an interesting look at death. The main character often dies, so the player needs perseverance in order to continue. It therefore has to be repeated many times.

Minimum reading level required
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Requires reading for years. There is a lot of text, whether it’s to tell the story or to give the goals of the quests.

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Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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Requires time to learn and train. It will take a little practice in order to learn how to use the different mechanics of the game.

Principle of the game

You are in a futuristic world, in a third person shooter. You go in search of the mystery of the white shadow signal. When the main character goes in search of this signal, she comes across a corpse of herself. Suffering from visions, she will explore in this hostile world that seems to change in every loop. You will face many alien creatures and you will have to make an effort to reach the end of this mystery.

The game requires a lot of perseverance. With a special look at death, your character will suffer because of it. This science fiction game requires good reflexes and a certain dexterity in order to continue. In addition, as the character progresses, the game becomes more and more difficult. However appreciated for this, this game will be a good challenge for teenagers.


Although the game is very difficult, addresses themes of death and resurrection, it is one of the discoveries of the year. It has made it possible to make a strong entrance for the studio game Housemarque in the field of video games. With excellent recognition thanks to this game, Returnal will find its way into the video games of 2021.

More information about the game: Official page of the game on the Housemarque website