Developed By: Digixart.
Published By: Ravenscourt, Koch Media.
Platforms Available On: Xbox Series X/S and One, PS5/4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Reviewed on PS5, a code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.
Road 96 is a crazy, beautiful road-trip. The discovery of exciting places, and unusual people on your own personal journey to freedom. An ever-evolving story-driven adventure inspired by Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, and Bong Joon-ho. Made by the award-winning creators of Valiant Hearts and Memories Retold.
Moments of action, exploration, contemplative melancholy, human encounters and wacky situations. Set against a backdrop of authoritarian rule and oppression. A stunning visual style, a soundtrack filled with 90s hits, and a thousand routes through the game combine so each player can create their own unique stories on Road 96.
What I enjoy most about reviewing is that you come across different games that you may well have missed, going into that slot is Road 96 an adventure road trip unlike anything else you’ve seen before.
Take a step out of your life of normality and step into a new world and explore the life through the eyes of a group of youngsters trying their best to escape the authoritarian rule and skip the border for a better life.
The game is a mixture of many different games and it works so well because of that, you have point and click aspects mixed in with mini games finished off with a hint of life simulator. When I was a child my favourite books to read were choose your own adventure where you could control the out come through your choices which is what this game is as every choice you make has a consequence.
If you like a game you can get lost in then you are definitely in the right place, there is hours upon hours of gameplay for you to get lost in and virtually impossible for you to have just a quick go. Because of the choice / consequence mechanic no two game play throughs will ever be the same making for a unique gaming experience depending on the choices you make.
Without giving too much away the game itself is captivating with a deep story that resonates on many personal levels, it has raw emotions mixed with dramatic scenes that would fit into any action thriller film. The many different characters you come across each add more depth to the story with some you may find more helpful than others.
The different chapters of the game although are within the same world feel like completely different games which keeps the gameplay fresh and never boring. There’s also time to just sit in a chair kick back and enjoy the stunning scenery and soundtrack, you would think a game that has so much going on and so many characters would feel disjointed and lost but Road 96 works and works well.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics of the game are stunning, the devs have gone for a cartoon realistic approach that works really well and gives the game that warm vibe. There are times when you can just sit by a waterfall and take it all in, just take a breath and enjoy.
The soundtrack is great – also available on streaming sites/apps – a mixture of chilled guitar and upbeat dance tracks about a good a mixture as the game itself. The in game voice acting is great and really helps tell the story well.
Time to put my thoughts in a summary, the game itself is varied in styles that shouldn’t work but it does really well, the game never feels tired there’s always something to do and loads of replay potential as each time you play it it’s like a whole new game. Two big thumbs up from me.
Verdict-Out of 5🌟
I give Road 96 an excellent full marks score of 5🌟 a game that you will never get tired of playing, seeing is believing and you definitely need to see this.
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