Добавить новость
Декабрь 2014Январь 2015Февраль 2015Март 2015Апрель 2015Май 2015Июнь 2015Июль 2015
Август 2015
Сентябрь 2015
Октябрь 2015
Ноябрь 2015
Декабрь 2015
Январь 2016
Февраль 2016
Март 2016
Апрель 2016
Май 2016
Июнь 2016
Июль 2016
Август 2016
Сентябрь 2016
Октябрь 2016
Ноябрь 2016
Декабрь 2016
Январь 2017
Февраль 2017
Март 2017
Апрель 2017
Май 2017
Июнь 2017
Июль 2017
Август 2017Сентябрь 2017
Октябрь 2017
Ноябрь 2017
Декабрь 2017
Январь 2018
Февраль 2018
Март 2018
Апрель 2018
Май 2018
Июнь 2018
Июль 2018
Август 2018
Сентябрь 2018
Октябрь 2018
Ноябрь 2018
Декабрь 2018
Январь 2019
Февраль 2019
Март 2019
Апрель 2019
Май 2019
Июнь 2019
Июль 2019
Август 2019
Сентябрь 2019
Октябрь 2019
Ноябрь 2019
Декабрь 2019
Январь 2020
Февраль 2020
Март 2020Апрель 2020Май 2020Июнь 2020Июль 2020Август 2020Сентябрь 2020Октябрь 2020Ноябрь 2020Декабрь 2020Январь 2021Февраль 2021Март 2021Апрель 2021Май 2021Июнь 2021Июль 2021Август 2021Сентябрь 2021
Game News |

Stunt on colossal bosses in an ocean of goo in the gorgeous Solar Ash

 Stunt on colossal bosses in an ocean of goo in the gorgeous Solar Ash

There's a moment, near the end of my recent hands-off preview of Solar Ash, where an inky black monster clambers over the moon and utterly fills the screen. Our protagonist, a 'Voidrunner' named Rei, dashes over the cracked shells that make up its hide, skating between weak spots like the boss was a level unto itself. It's at this point that Heart Machine founder Alx Preston says: "This is the smallest boss by an order of magnitude."

Solar Ash shares plenty with Preston's previous work, the beautiful and singular Hyper Light Drifter. Both feature dream-like pastel worlds, a haunting Disasterpeace soundtrack, and a fashion sense that heavily favours masks. But over the course of our demo, it became clear that Solar Ash is a vastly more ambitious project than its predecessor—and not just in terms of boss girth.

The biggest change is that shift to 3D, which Solar Ash makes full use of with a pivot to platforming. But it's a specific kind of platforming that really catches me, drawing from the fast, effortless traversal of Sega classics like Jet Set Radio Future as Rei glides across this surreal world—skating and dashing and grinding around ancient temples with effortless flair. 

Combat still exists, but enemies are more roadbumps than full-on martial contests. Instead, Solar Ash's dungeons are more interested in traversal challenges. Our guide Mars Ashton slowly unlocks wings of an old tower by digging through back-rooms and underground catacombs for the gooey weak spots of these grotesque black growths that have taken over the structure.

The same thinking applies to the game's bosses. That giant, screen-filling bug is taken down by baiting an opening to jump onto its shell, sprinting across its bony hide to smack weak spots in a precise order before its carapace turns to lava. It's a knowing nod to Shadow of the Colossus, albeit a bizarre alternate version where Wander got really into inline skating.

Those quiet moments of exploration let us linger on how absolutely bloody gorgeous a thing Solar Ash is to behold. Hyper Light might have been a masterclass in pixel art, but its successor is something entirely its own—a surrealist world of pastel growths and towering mushrooms, where gravity is always subjective and nothing ever seems quite solid. 

In part, that's because much of it isn't—Rei is often seen skating across seas of clouds, rendered with the same volumetric technique used by Media Molecule's Dreams to give the game's clouds a soft fuzz that flows and reacts to your movement with delightful physicality. There's a liquidity to the way Rei almost swims through the world that makes it feel oceanic, helped further by the coral-like structures that form this world (though Preston notes there'll be all kinds of biomes and sub-biomes beyond just mushrooms).

It's during these travels that Solar Ash feels most like Hyper Light Drifter, a game that dismissed writing entirely to focus on being a mood piece—every arena doubling as a vignette of some great tragedy, small loss or welcome intimacy. Solar Ash looks to still have that, but it also has more explicit storytelling in the form of a fully voiced cast.

Rei has agency in a way the Drifter never did. She speaks to people in a world where everyone is, in Preston's words, trying to "escape their own pain". She inquires her way through conversations (with traditional dialogue trees), forms poems, and can call on CYD—an upgrade-dealing companion who's described as "if your kind aunt was a holographic robot network". In the preview, we saw those upgrades used to rebuild Rei's health bar, bought with a goop-like currency that floats towards the player like drops of suspended blood.

A purple runner uses a gooey grappling hook to swing across a large hall

(Image credit: Heart Machine)

In a moment, we see a broader map formed of bespoke named locations, each an expansive world full of secrets to explore. I can only hope that within this vast scale, Solar Ash doesn't lose the heart that, even after five years, still gives me goosebumps whenever I fire up Hyper Light Drifter. Even without words, Preston's debut was such a crystallised vision of trauma (drawn from a lifetime of often near-death heart problems)—and in our preview, the developer admits that the expanded scope of the team means Solar Ash by definition can't be as singular in its messaging.

Solar Ash isn't leaving that theme behind. This is still very much a game about a world and a people left scarred by disaster, and the gravity trauma can hold on you. But where the Drifter was dogged by his own pain and dealt with it by lashing out, Solar Ash looks to offer a world where disparate people can band together to pull themselves out of despair. 

More power to you if you can escape said despair while pulling off some slick railslides off a centipede the size of a small moon. Solar Ash arrives on October 26 on the Epic Games Store.

Читайте также

Видео: разновидности животных и взаимодействие с ними в новом ролике Far Cry 6

Точка неповернення — перша гра про АТО за підтримки держави (відео)

Расследуем убийство в трейлере игры Agatha Christie — Hercule Poirot: The First Cases

Game24.pro — паблик игровых новостей в календарном формате на основе технологичной новостной информационно-поисковой системы с элементами искусственного интеллекта, гео-отбора и возможностью мгновенной публикации авторского контента в режиме Free Public. Game24.pro — ваши Game News сегодня и сейчас .

Опубликовать свою новость, реплику, комментарий, анонс и т.д. можно мгновенно — здесь.