The Callisto Protocol – Zero Punctuation

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Poor Jacob Lee can’t catch a break. First, he has to deal with people always asking him if he’s still making movies with Kevin Smith, then his space truck explodes on top of an evil space prison and he gets thrown into the space prison for some not-so-obvious crime, possibly littering. Then all of the prisoners get infected with the zombie virus and become more interested in beating Jacob Lee to death than they are in trading cigarettes with fists, and if all that isn’t enough to put a bow on Jacob Lee’s dirty day, then he has to spend the next 10 hours being the hero of a horrible video game. But get real, Jacob Lee, you’re hardly Silent Hill material, you’ll need to learn more than two facial expressions besides Stupid Confused and Stupid Neutral. So, Callisto Protocol, the unabashed clone of Dead Space by what was retrospectively revealed to be less competent than the creators of Dead Space. So you should know what to expect from the core gameplay – third-person crawling through dark metal corridors, frequent ambushes by screaming mobile piles of expired deli meat, and a multitude of NPC support characters whose plans always seem to boil down to being forced. Jacob has to fight his way through nine levels of the murder vault while they stay in an air-conditioned computer room making sure the screensaver doesn’t come up.

The primary combat still has more of a combat focus than Dead Space. I know, because I walked out of my cell at the start of the game and was instantly beaten to death by the first enemy. The game was trying to teach me how to dribble, you see. Hold in a direction and Jacob will automatically dodge. Oh, well, that’s kind of the original dodge mechanic. Is this trend good? “No. Now watch five minutes of animation about death as the enemy thrusts his fist down Jacob’s throat and uses it like a wash mitt.” This happened twice in a row. I think you’re supposed to push in the direction away from the source of the attack. or towards it. Or what corresponds to the party attacked by the enemy. or their horoscope. Honestly, it always felt so random whether I chose the right direction to dribble, but then I struggle to make rational decisions when a guy with a face like a Rice Krispy treat is running towards me with one hand raised and a pile of dirty dishes in the other. So straight away I was getting a flashback to Outlast 2. Make a little mistake at the start thanks to poorly explained mechanics and get to watch our hero panting at the sliced ​​meatball sandwich that used to be their penis and balls for thirty seconds.

Terrifying, yes, but then you reload, it comes to life, and all the tension deflates. It puts the game on the wrong foot and instantly turns horror into frustration, though Callisto Protocol seems to be generally bad at knowing the difference. He just loves to steal health. You semi-regularly walk into a room or open a closet and the game goes “Think quick” and a little face hugger will swoosh towards you like a damned killer rabbit from Monty Python and go “Hee hee hee! Free damage to me! Nom nom nom nom nom nom!” There’s no way you’ll ever see that coming. So what should I do, here, game? Don’t you go into the rooms? Not looking in every closet? Have you played survival horror before? I have to go through every locker for ammo and health like a stoned medical student in a communal kitchen at two o’clock in the morning. This is how the survival part works. Just to skip to the end for a moment, Callisto Protocol is a spoiler warning, a load of old-fashioned nonsense and bumbags, and the funny thing is that all of its major issues stem from one point, which is the animation.

Least of all are the cruel, unskippable, drawn-out death scenes that are our punishment for not imagining we were supposed to dodge left if our enemy was born in the Chinese year of the pig, and before long I saw him start I had just left to the main menu and reloaded my save , which was usually faster. Also, if you run out of ammo during a fight, you’re drained, because the agonizingly slow reloading and switching weapon animations don’t count if they’re interrupted, and they will, because those grumpy refuse McDonald’s seasonal burgers on the legs are very aggressive and very eager to clean their clothes. If you need to recover in combat, you’re a double whammy, because Jacob can’t lift the glowing green needle in his neck, he has to slowly bend over and carefully lay down a small picnic blanket for him to perch on, first. Also we can’t swing our melee weapon right away if it is currently installed. So I’d take it out and try to keep it ready while I crawl through the aisles for the inevitable next ambush, and the dumbotits here keep fucking it up again without me asking. Need both hands to pick your fucking nose, or something?

Oh, and the animators should be especially proud of the upgrade station’s 3D printing sequence because we have to sit through the whole silly thing every time we buy any upgrade for our guns, and again and again if we buy one right before one of those frustratingly hard boss fights. ’, because the thought of autosave mode after the upgrade station seemed to have blown everyone’s mind while they were offering seven other different ways to pull off Jacob Lee’s talent. Skip any animations, but it’s as good an explanation as any. Wait, I feel like I forgot to mention something… Oh yeah: there are guns. There’s a gun and a shotgun and another gun and another gun. Never quite figured out the subtle differences, but at least it was mean Having twice as many ammo types for a very limited inventory mess.And you can’t get rid of weapons once they’ve been crafted, so you’ll still get ammo for them even if you want to focus on the classic and caffeinated shotgun.

Callisto Protocol is an almost refreshingly bad game. Full of misleading and frustrating design choices instead of the usual generic nonsense. While it’s also generic nonsense, make no mistake, we’re delving into new dimensions of banality. It looks like Dead Space with all the interesting sandbox Dead Space edges. The unique gameplay of mowing limbs has been replaced by generic strikes. The unique monster design has been replaced with the generic cornflakes zombie. Who were of course created by a generic alien parasite unearthed from an ancient generic ruin and then deliberately spread by the wicked rich for public reasons about the super soldier. And then, after a generic final boss fight against a generic monster-man, the plot has the sheer audacity to end on a cliffhanger. Read the room, Callisto protocol. “Bet your last ten hours of punching the shells has whetted your appetite for an extra mule kick to the prostate.” The main drawback of Catpiss Pokeyballs is that its core gameplay requires a speed of thought and action that the sluggish control and animations don’t allow. Like I say, frustration and horror are not the same thing. Horror finds out what your overweight grandmother did to your toilet, and frustration tries to get an emergency plumber on Thanksgiving weekend.

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