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Analysis Review After beating Returnal in roughly 11 hours, here are my review and Pro Tips!

How do you rate the difficulty "if you own the game"?


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Bo_Hazem

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I am getting the hang of it. At the 4th boss now. Second and third boss took me only 2 tries each. Hate you loose all upgrades after 3 god damn it my build was God like.... 😭

Now if you lose you'll start from 4th. But every consumable and stat augment you've encountered you're more than likely to find them now more easily, so don't worry!

Moderately hard so far. Nothing extreme.

Yeah the difficulty is kinda decent to my liking, although bosses seem to be a bit easy in general.
 

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Now if you lose you'll start from 4th. But every consumable and stat augment you've encountered you're more than likely to find them now more easily, so don't worry!


Not likely... I had parasite and artefact with auto heal on low health. 200% health also health siphon with adrenaline stage 1 was already enough to get me to full health like it's nothing. Also astronaut artefact, artefact with 25% Chance not losing an item. Damage and protection augments.... I think like this I would have just ramboed through 🤣
 
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people make the mistake this game being easy / impossible is extremely depending on the items used / unlocked / equiped.
 
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I'm not someone who needs games to be really long, because it's really hard to find the time anymore. I'm still working my way through Yakuza Kiwami at this point, but I'm on the last chapter!!

11 hours is way too short for a $70 game though, for real.
 
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Not likely... I had parasite and artefact with auto heal on low health. 200% health also health siphon with adrenaline stage 1 was already enough to get me to full health like it's nothing. Also astronaut artefact, artefact with 25% Chance not losing an item. Damage and protection augments.... I think like this I would have just ramboed through 🤣

With RNG you can always be lucky! Don't worry ;)

people make the mistake this game being easy / impossible is extremely depending on the items used / unlocked / equiped.

Yeah it's very dependent on the player skills/luck/loot.

I'm not someone who needs games to be really long, because it's really hard to find the time anymore. I'm still working my way through Yakuza Kiwami at this point, but I'm on the last chapter!!

11 hours is way too short for a $70 game though, for real.

Seems like I'm the only one so far finishing it this fast around here, too fast to some. Take a look at the OT as many are still struggling a lot with it:

 

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4th boss I did on my 1st try. I guess bosses are really easier then the biomes themselves.. 3, 2, 2, 1 so far 🤣
 
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4th boss I did on my 1st try. I guess bosses are really easier then the biomes themselves.. 3, 2, 2, 1 so far 🤣

Nah, it just happens that the 4th one is the easiest and the most entertaining as well! Just never panic and keep cool-headed and you'll get through it! Don't lose focus on the surroundings as well, while don't forget to focus on him as well before you get slapped on the face. :lollipop_tears_of_joy:
 

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Nah, it just happens that the 4th one is the easiest and the most entertaining as well! Just never panic and keep cool-headed and you'll get through it! Don't lose focus on the surroundings as well, while don't forget to focus on him as well before you get slapped on the face. :lollipop_tears_of_joy:
Same goes for the last boss so 3, 2, 2, 1 and 1 🤣 the bosses are to easy I have to say. Zmthe biomes really get me....
 
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Got to the third biome. Really enjoying this game and having fun with even though I am finding it very challenging at times. As a matter of fact, I’m finding it harder or maybe I should say more unforgiving than Nioh, the Souls games and even the mighty Sekiro which is saying a lot. I finished all those games and I’m hoping I can finish Returnal. It’s very addictive and unique as well.
 
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Got to the third biome. Really enjoying this game and having fun with even though I am finding it very challenging at times. As a matter of fact, I’m finding it harder or maybe I should say more unforgiving than Nioh, the Souls games and even the mighty Sekiro which is saying a lot. I finished all those games and I’m hoping I can finish Returnal. It’s very addictive and unique as well.
I would disagree on the unforgiving part,I feel that it really depend on how you built your run, but overall I feel like the game is more fair than Nioh or Sekiro.
I think most of the times remaining calm and trying to be as conscious as possible to what is around you and you will do just fine (even though it might take a lot of time to clean a room).
What I think might trouble people is the abundance of colored bullets and lasers that might make you panic and do mistakes.But by remaining calm everything gets easier it helps you avoid dashing all the time(which often mean that it is on cooldown when you need it.
I found it easier and most important more fair than Nioh or Sekiro (althought the ennemies that shoot malfunctions at you can be considered unfair).
 
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It’s probably a ten hour game if you’re really skilled and properly learn the game, but I think for most others, it will go well beyond ten hours due to the difficulty, randomness at times and restarts.

I think if you want the whole story, it's a 15-20 hour game. But because of all the different weapons, upgrades, and unlocks it's more like 30-40 hour game. I was super frustrated in the beginning because i went in more with a dead space mentality instead of a rogue like mentality. Once I shifted, and watched people make builds it clicked. And once you get to crimson plains, you really get to see what this game is all about. And I seriously am like an addict at this point. Third Biome is a real ass kicker, but if you go through first biome get a decent level 3 weapon, get a couple buffs, maybe a decent parasite and go into crimson plains you will level up like crazy. Once I got to the mountain and did the bonus door(star) which by that time I was OP, i got a fucking nutts weapon and a couple extra items to give me syphon perks. Then I made my way to Biome 3, and shredded everybody, and beat the boss on the first try. Those buffs for getting health from your enemies and a buff for evading/having low health helped me so much.

Now im on Biome 4 and it feels weak, lol. Almost beat the 4th boss on first go, only reason I didn't was I had low health when I went in.

Now Im ready to dive in and kick this games ass. Never been this energetic on a game since Dead space 2, God of war.
 
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Bo_Hazem

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I would disagree on the unforgiving part,I feel that it really depend on how you built your run, but overall I feel like the game is more fair than Nioh or Sekiro.
I think most of the times remaining calm and trying to be as conscious as possible to what is around you and you will do just fine (even though it might take a lot of time to clean a room).
What I think might trouble people is the abundance of colored bullets and lasers that might make you panic and do mistakes.But by remaining calm everything gets easier it helps you avoid dashing all the time(which often mean that it is on cooldown when you need it.
I found it easier and most important more fair than Nioh or Sekiro (althought the ennemies that shoot malfunctions at you can be considered unfair).

Honestly, I was so conscious and explored every possible room in my 3rd run which was around only 8 hours. It's not very hard but I would say "decent" and gives good enough challenge for satisfaction. Most people probably have hard times because they try to rush it even more with every respawn, which will not work good in this game.
 
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Does anybody know, if I’ve activated the bridge on biome 3, does it remain active, or do I need to do it all again?
 
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Keyword is: Patience. Enjoy the game, be 100% conscious, explore every room except the golden gate "unless you can gamble with enough health packs/figurines/etc". Go get em!
I always did the golden gates at the end. Found the rewards worth it. Lately I got auto repairs or adrenaline augments also they normally had a lot of health scattered. My boss runs were always with all rooms cleared. When that worked out I was generally powerful enough to the one and done try easily 🤣
 
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Yesterday i unlocked the acid granade launcher and even at level one it literally melt enemies.

I have 9 weapons now, where do i find the last one?!
 
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Bo_Hazem

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No way Bo_Hazem Bo_Hazem finished this in 11 hours. Even act 3??

Nah, the main run (Act 2). Act 3 is more of a completionist thing.

I see Act 3 as a BS, low effort extension of the game. Had the intention to give it a try and after wiping out biome 1 and all rooms and the boss while at it looking for that sunface artifact then that's the moment I'm done with the game, to later know:"Oh, you need to visit the house in act 4 1-2 times more before doing so". Well, my interest 90% fades away after completing what's supposed to be the main campaign, so dropped the game and playing Wreckfest and will eventually delete the game.

Yesterday i unlocked the acid granade launcher and even at level one it literally melt enemies.

I have 9 weapons now, where do i find the last one?!

When you get the mask power of seeing hidden platforms you get access to secret spots and weapons.
 
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I think if you want the whole story, it's a 15-20 hour game. But because of all the different weapons, upgrades, and unlocks it's more like 30-40 hour game. I was super frustrated in the beginning because i went in more with a dead space mentality instead of a rogue like mentality. Once I shifted, and watched people make builds it clicked. And once you get to crimson plains, you really get to see what this game is all about. And I seriously am like an addict at this point. Third Biome is a real ass kicker, but if you go through first biome get a decent level 3 weapon, get a couple buffs, maybe a decent parasite and go into crimson plains you will level up like crazy. Once I got to the mountain and did the bonus door(star) which by that time I was OP, i got a fucking nutts weapon and a couple extra items to give me syphon perks. Then I made my way to Biome 3, and shredded everybody, and beat the boss on the first try. Those buffs for getting health from your enemies and a buff for evading/having low health helped me so much.

Now im on Biome 4 and it feels weak, lol. Almost beat the 4th boss on first go, only reason I didn't was I had low health when I went in.

Now Im ready to dive in and kick this games ass. Never been this energetic on a game since Dead space 2, God of war.
I was stuck on biome 3 and the 3rd boss for ages. Once I'd made the perfect build, and beat Nemesis (just!) I managed to run all the way to the end of the game in that one run. All other biomes and bosses were a walk in the park.

I can't emphasise enough how important farming for that perfect build is if you want to stand a chance in this game. If you get to biome 3 and aren't feeling your build, it might be worth just starting a new run.
 
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I was stuck on biome 3 and the 3rd boss for ages. Once I'd made the perfect build, and beat Nemesis (just!) I managed to run all the way to the end of the game in that one run. All other biomes and bosses were a walk in the park.

I can't emphasise enough how important farming for that perfect build is if you want to stand a chance in this game. If you get to biome 3 and aren't feeling your build, it might be worth just starting a new run.

No need to restart, really. Most if not all mini bosses drop loot, and you should stick to one you know how to use and effective in all ranges. And yes I think after Biome 3 it's not as hard, with 3 being the hardest.

I might upload a walkthrough of the 1st biome just to help some on how to approach enemies, and when to run away as well.
 
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1st biome "thorough" walkthrough (Press [CC] for hints and details)​





Added to the OP. Took nearly 2 days on youtube to be processed in 4K HDR!

Played few hours after finishing the game (Act.2) looking for the sunface piece and found nothing. Died once more inside the golden gate arena :lollipop_downcast_sweat: .

 
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Added to the OP:

Returnal: 2nd biome "thorough" walkthrough (Press [CC] for hints and details) (Part 1/2)​



Returnal: 2nd biome boss "Ixion" (Press [CC] for hints and details) (Part 2/2)​