Lone Survivor: The Directors Cut PS Vita Review
The Vita doesn't have any titles that fall under the category of 2D horror/survival games. Well at least it didn't until now...
Lone Survivor offers simplistic gameplay accompanied by a brilliant story to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. Not only does Lone Survivor put you in the place of a Survivor with scarce resources, but it captures your attention with the insane experiences one must go through in order to complete the journey.
Lone Survivor throws the player right into the shoes of a survivor trapped in a world that seems to be in an apocalyptic state. On top of that, resources are not easy to come by. All of your resources must be put to good use in order to make it through this journey. It doesn't take very long to learn that.
While the story will probably throw you off at first because of the mass amount of uncertainty in what's going on, survival instinct will begin to kick in. Every resource has a purpose and must be used wisely. Your trusty flashlight will help you light up areas when darkness is of the essence. Of course, flashlights don't last forever. So you must save your battery life for situations when you simply can't go without light. While saving battery life is important, so is saving your ammo. The player receives limited ammo throughout the game and that is probably an understatement. When you don't have enough ammo to blow off creatures heads, you must result to distractions. Nothing is more distracting than a huge pile of rotting meat. Luckily you have a whole refrigerator full of the stuff back in your humble apartment.
Your apartment is also known as your safe zone. You don't have to worry about flesh-eating creatures while you prepare yourself. Besides having a fridge full of rotting meat, you have many other useful tools in your apartment including: your bed, a stove, an infinite supply of water, and a mirror (Hey good lookin'). Your standard bed can be used to rest your character after a long night of endless chaos. It also is used as a saving point for your game. You will find yourself coming back to your bed quite often. Once you find gas for your stove you can use it to cook yourself some grub. Eating food replenishes your health and hunger. Having a good amount of food is always necessary in order to survive so don't overlook it.
Lone Survivor has a pretty unique way of getting to places you have been before. Remember that mirror I talked about? Well it's not used to just stare at yourself all day, it is used to travel back in forth to other rooms that have mirrors. Whenever you come across a mirror you will be able to quickly teleport back to the mirror in your apartment. The mirror in your apartment will always take you back to the last mirror you came through. It can be very useful for quickly picking up some supplies and then heading back to where you were.
Honestly, Lone Survivor will leave you completely in the dark when it comes to what is going to happen next. You never quite know what will be behind that next door. Whether it be an insanely huge monster or a delusional portal that you should have never entered Lone Survivor will keep you on your toes.
Lone Survivor is completely done in 2D. The 2D style certainly brought back some nostalgic moments. It gave me the feel that I was playing an old classic title. Whether you like 2D gaming or not, I felt like it was a perfect fit for Lone Survivor. Don't assume that these 2D graphics aren't done well either. The visuals look sharp and add to the dark and mysterious effect Lone Survivor is offering.
The graphics would be nothing though if they weren't accompanied by the music and sound effects. The music and sound effects are what makes the game. As Lone Survivor starts up it prompts you to go to quiet dark room and put on headphones for the full experience, and it definitely makes a difference. This is what puts you in the mindset of your character.
Despite not liking horror games, I enjoyed the survival aspect of Lone Survivor. At times I became frustrated because of the lack of supplies, but it was a great challenge. Despite all this great stuff the game is very short-lived. Lone Survivor only offers a few solid hours of gameplay for those who don't care about platinum trophies. After you play through once there isn't much more that the game offers. I thoroughly enjoyed playing through Lone Survivor, but I definitely feel that the price tag ($12.99 / £9.99 / €12.99) is going to cost you more than it's giving you. I just felt like Lone Survivor should fall under the category for a $5 game. Though, if you are looking for a solid 2D survival/horror game then it's time to pick up a PSN card and go for it.
This game was reviewed using a review copy provided by Curve Studios