Biomutant – Xbox One Standard Edition
“Despite biting more than you can chew, Biomutant is a creative labor of love with strong RPG hooks.”
Creative world building
Strong rpg hook
Weak boss fights
Many postpocalyptic media are serious. Love the game The last of us part 2 are gritty stories about humans struggling to survive in a dark and deserted world. Biomutants Is comparatively joyful.
The long-awaited open-world game is set in a future where humanity has been completely wiped out and nature has reclaimed the Earth. There are no people in the game, only mutated animals are living their best lives. There is still a high-stakes plot, crumbling buildings and cleaning resources, but it is a fictional piece of life.
Biomutants A delightful experience complete with inventive world building and strong RPG hooks. When it comes to its scale it bites more than it can chew, but it is a promising start to a new franchise with a refreshing vibe.
start all over again
Described as “kung fu fable” Biomutants Is an action RPG that is captivating as well as sick. Earth as we know it has been destroyed by man-made ecological disaster. Mankind appears to be dead, but animals have evolved after that. Players control a fox-like creature, which must save the Tree of Life by defeating giant predators known as worldwriters, who munch on its roots.
Biomutants Is a gorgeously designed game full of vibrant colors and awe-inspiring landscapes.
The game uses that setup to build some rich and creative worlds. Biomutants The narrative is full of details, lore and catchy characters. There is a real sense that after the fall of humanity the planet has naturally created itself something new. We take a deeper look at the political struggles of the world through warring animal factions, the splattering of colorful folklore passed between generations, and the spiritual side of these creatures.
Traces of humanity still blaze today. The rotten cities feel like the kind of ancient ruins of civilization’s past that we find in our own world. Part of the fun is seeing how the game transforms basic human products into primitive artifacts. A children’s beanie becomes a piece of headgear or a washing machine dial-turning puzzle. It is a game in which there is an explosion imagining how other races will interact with humans left after extinction.
What really drives its world building house is, well, this is the world. Biomutants Is a gorgeously designed game full of vibrant colors and awe-inspiring landscapes. The best example of this is the Tree of Life, a giant tree that sits in the dead center of the map. Its huge roots originate in four directions. It is a useful navigation tool that guides players finely for their main purposes and an engaging visual that is just plain beautiful.
Live and die open-world games based on how much players feel that they really want to explore the place. At every turn, I wanted to enter BiomutantsWatch the grassy hills and the sunset like a cat.
A fantasy action rpg
As far as action RPGs are concerned, Biomutants Styles works really hard to balance both sides of the equation. It is a combat-heavy game built around close-range slashing, long-range shooting, and a combo that bridges both skills. Its battle repeats after a dozen hours when spongy enemies become more frequent (I found that I was spamming a combo halfway through), but it provides several tools to tamper with that variation. . There are various weapon types, Assassin’s Creed-style special abilities that are assigned to buttons, and unlockable skills.
The most interesting part of the combat system comes from its weapon-crafting system. Players can make their melee weapons using parts found in the world. I spent a lot of time mixing and matching pieces to make hilarious blades, such as a small dagger on a giant sword hilt. It doesn’t change the flow of war much, but it does add at least one addictive adaptation layer that produces comical results.
The RPG element is actually where it shines. There is a real sense of character building at every step. There are tabletop-style classes and stats that can increase attack power or improve players in barter with traders. The loot is plentiful and brings some wacky (but practical!) Fashion into the mix. There is even a resistance system where players can buff their ability to withstand elements such as heat and poison to make it through a dangerous area.
The RPG element is actually where it shines.
The best way to use your RPG system is in its tribal warfare quest. At the beginning of the game, players will combine with one tribe and try to unite or defeat the rest. The game gives players complete freedom of how they want to deal with that challenge. They can try to win every tribe in the war or leave the war completely and try to make peace. I managed to do a little bit of column A and column B, breaking down the strongholds and bending over my charisma to try to form alliances.
It is not always so deep. Character interactions outside of that arc can feel shallow by comparing them with few, if any, alternatives to how other quests are handled. The moments where the combat and RPG systems are working together, however, make for an adventure with a personal touch.
Pushed to the limit
At first glance it’s hard to believe Biomutants The team was made up of 20 people. It offers the kind of vast world one might expect from a Ubisoft game with a huge staff. The deeper I went, the faster I started to see. Properties are recycled regularly, with some interiors appearing indistinguishable from others. The repetitive “map game” is a load of busy work in which players will be doing the same task over and over again, including an endless wave of dial puzzles. Every single line of dialogue is spoken through a single narrator that is so tedious that the game has an entire slider dedicated to reducing how much it speaks.
Boss fights are also generally rough. Set-piece driven battles are usually built around a large device to separate them and make them feel larger, but they are often slightly crooked. I usually found myself struggling to subdue cumbersome vehicles in battles that always felt far from collapsing a bug.
I also ran against frequent crashes during my playthrough on the Xbox Series X. While it will hopefully be ironed for the final release, a sense of general instability heads up with a world that must be fluidly explored.
The deeper I went, the faster I started to see.
Again, all of this is worth considering the size of the development team versus the scale of the project. It is undoubtedly an ambitious sport that does not always have the resources to handle its weight. But amidst all the disappointments, I always found some inventive piece of the world that brought a smile to my face.
I have a lot of potential Biomutants Thanks to all the narrative grounds here as a franchise. This serves as a strong proof of concept for Developer Experiment 101, which is just as scary and resourceful as the creatures it created.
Biomutants There is a clear labor of love that is filled with imaginative world building. In-depth character customization options create a more personal type of action RPG. Its eyes are often larger than its abdomen, which can often result in repetitive, sometimes unstable experiences. Even with those flaws, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by a compassionate project with some environmentally conscious storytelling.
Is there a better option?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Is still the open-world gold standard and recent games like Tsushima’s ghost Provide a cleaner experience for the same price point.
How long will it last?
The main campaign may take about 20 hours, but it is likely to take close to 40 to reach 100% completion.
Should you buy it
Yes. If you can deal with some rough edges, then here is a colorful world full of charm that is worth seeing.