EAâ€™s Sea of Solitude managed to elude the gaming press until launch day (Friday), meaning it arrived a bit too late in the week to make it into our weekly round-up.
Reviews of the emotional tale are now live, and scores are somewhat mixed. However, most critics agree that itâ€™s a trip with taking despite a few shortcomings with how the story is handled and a lack of evolution to certain ideas.
9.5 – God is a Geek: “Mei Games has created something that offers both a soothing and sorrowful journey full of tear-jerking and joyous moments wrapped up with excellent storytelling and inventive gameplay. There were a few minor glitches when trying to get back in the boat, but never stopped me from staying completely immersed in the story of a girl who is trying to do the right thing whilst struggling to help those around her and herself. If you enjoyed games like Journey or Rime, then this is a must buy.”
9 â€“ TSA: “Clever, emotional and raw, Sea of Solitude is a personal journey that at times you feel like youâ€™re intruding on. It is resolutely truthful and, just as Kay turns aspects of herself inward and outward, you canâ€™t help but consider your own place, both amongst the people around you and inside your own head.”
7.5 â€“ GameInformer: “Characters have depth, and you learn more about Kay and others when clearing corruption. Problems are rooted in mental health, such as Kayâ€™s boyfriend who is in a deep pit of depression and another sequence about a young boy being bullied. Most of these moments feel genuine, but I found the brief bullying storyline clumsy, especially when it delved into suicidal ideation in a sloppy way.”
7/10 â€“ GameSpot: “The gameplay is passable at best and tedious at its worst, but this is still a journey worth experiencing because of the way Jo-Mei Games has managed to weave a heartbreaking tale out of genuine characters and believable grief.”Â
6.5 â€“ IGN: “Sea of Solitude gives you a beautiful world and an intriguing story but the gameplay fails to evolve enough to make this a compelling adventure.”
Sea of Solitude launched 5th July on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.