Returnal is a 2021 roguelike third-person shooter video game developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It follows Selene Vassos, an astronaut who lands on the planet Atropos in search of the mysterious "White Shadow" signal and finds herself trapped in a time loop. After crash-landing on a shape-shifting alien planet, Selene finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Every time she’s defeated, the player is forced to restart the journey.

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I'm really not a big fan of rougelikes. Personally, I like the feeling of progressing through content. I had no expectations for Returnal to change that opinion, only Hades has ever surpassed those expectations for me.

Returnal was exactly what I expected it to be. Being one of the very few PS5 exclusives out there, and being the only one I haven't played, I thought I'd at least give it a fair shake. It's a series of incredibly high fidelity environments coupled with repetitive shooter gameplay against light-shooting blobs. Now, I can't complain too much as to the lack of variety because I didn't have the patience to push through to the end, but I will say that what I played didn't really change run to run. Enemies might superficially be different, but ultimately they're all samey. The bosses are distinct enough, but they make up such a minute time of the total experience I hardly see it worth mentioning.

What turned me off was the lack of lasting progress run-to-run. This is, again, my very personal take. I prefer rougelikes that feel like I'm at least having some improvement with each hour I sink into it (like Hades, for example). I didn't feel that way with Returnal. There is purposely no incremental upgrading of the player with each run - which is fine, although not my thing - but I didn't even feel I was improving or learning much. You die QUICK in this game. Deaths weren't from a lack of knowledge of an enemy moveset but usually because I had a momentary lapse of judgement which would cost me the last hour or so of gameplay. So yeah, it's hard. Too hard for me. And while the story started out engaging enough, it soon dissipates out in favour of the gameplay loop so even that wasn't convincing me to stick around.

All in all, a roguelike fan may find joy in Returnal. I, however, am unimpressed. All the fancy graphics and PS5 controller features couldn't keep me coming back.

Meu deus, que jogasso

A história é super esquisita e é um ponto fraco, pra mim, que queria ter sido recompensado com uma grande CG no final

tirando isso

é perfeito, tudo o que um shooter tem que ser. É quase que um Touhou 3D Sci-Fi Matriarcal de Terror.

Dificílimo, quase desisti 3x, uma delas tava com o video aberto pra ver como acabava, mas decidi seguir, e não me arrependo


Ive always thought that rougelikes were a genre tackled only by indie guys doing thier own little thing but this was really good for what it was but you should probably get it on pc the shooting probably feels better and I always feel less motivated to play games on consoles.

Solidly constructed, the gameplay is quite fun although sometimes the third person camera makes things quite awkward when enemies are behind you. Boss fights work well when you always have sight on what you're dealing with. As a roguelike the game is a bit too samey with room, weapon and item variety. With how difficult the game is those issues will be felt well before the game is meant to be completed. The story is alright, it is definitely very evocative but in general I'm not a fan of stories that are as vague as Returnal's is.

Overall the game is a good time and I'd recommend trying it out to any fans of roguelikes or just action games in general

Fácil de aprender, difícil de dominar! Gameplay extremamente polida, satisfatória, e precisa! Graficamente muito bonito, trilha sonora IMPECÁVEL, e ótima narrativa! ''Don't Fear The Reaper'' é uma das minhas músicas favoritas, esse jogo nasceu pra ser um dos meu favoritos! <3

Definitely the most underrated 1st party Sony game I am huge fan of rougelites so this definitely was gonna click for me can’t recommend it to everyone but I definitely loved it.