With the latest generation of consoles – Xbox One and PS4 – we’ve had a whole bunch of HD remakes coming right at the start of the console cycles. The developers would take their old games – mostly those from the PS3 or Xbox 360 timeline – and give the visuals a nice slap in the face, before putting them back on the market. The same is happening with the move to the next gen Xbox Series X | S and PS5 – it’s been less than a year since the launch of this generation of consoles and we’ve already seen a slew of games offering bets. at new generation level. with added Ray Traced visuals and 4K support. The Persistence is one of those games that jump on the bandwagon, coming to Xbox Series X as Improved persistence.
La Persistence launched in 2020, taking its VR roots and tweaking things slightly to find a place on normal console platforms. Since its release, a heavy hitter has arrived with similar ideas on PS5; the one who brilliantly tackled the roguelike space genre – Returnal. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really been a big fan of roguelike, I’ve never embraced the “die, die and die again” nature. But I fell in love with Returnal. And I started to have the same feelings for The Persistence Enhanced.
The Persistence is the name of the huge spaceship you find yourself wandering in; floating in space. You find yourself next to a huge black hole ripping apart The Persistence, causing all kinds of trouble. You play as someone who is already dead – security guard Zimri Elder – but the rest of the crew are gone; dead or transformed into something even more sinister. Due to the presence of the black hole, the Cloning Machine brought you back, but also brought back mutated versions of all of the crew. To make matters worse, he continues to rearrange the layout of the ship, so every time you die and get recloned, the ship looks completely different. The story now involves you venturing across the ship, unsuccessfully trying to get the ship back online.
The gameplay is done in first person as you walk and run around the ship at your leisure. For starters, you’ve got some sort of Taser gun that also acts as a good melee weapon, and you’ll need that as well, as you crouch down to stealthily move around the ship and crawl through the ventilation spaces to secretly reach d ‘other parts. The main element of the game is to achieve your goals in a safe and orderly manner. What stops you are all kinds of teammates turned into monsters. How do you treat them?
Well, the best thing to do is to avoid direct combat as much as possible, because at first it will inevitably lead to untimely death. You can sneak up on a crew member if they have their backs turned, performing a stealth attack and stealthily eliminating them. If an enemy spots you, they’ll attack – then it’s up to you to shoot them down quickly or run away… because a few hits from them will see you disappear. You can defend yourself, but it’s always tricky because you have to find the right timing to survive.
As you walk around the spaceship, you can pick up items, collect stem cells, and crafting chips to use for upgrades and as a kind of currency. There are also health packs – must have health packs – and tokens for use in the armory. It is in the machines of the armory that you can unlock and buy better weapons, additional skills like invisibility or more attack power. Carefully, there are also different clone bodies that give you an extra edge in the fight for survival. This all works great and is quite addicting because every time you die and come back to enjoy The Persistence more, you will discover a greater number of ways to defeat your enemies.
With the switch to the next generation, The Persistence Enhanced looks a bit brighter than before, even though it still runs on the same engine. There’s Ray Tracing in the lighting and some cool effects, but it still feels like a last-gen game in terms of character animation and overall design. The audio is excellent though, with great music. When you include the effects of the creaking of a broken ship and the noises made around every corner, The Persistence really increases the stress factor. Playing with headphones ensures that every second is stretched and really elevates the game to something absolutely brilliant.
For all visual enhancements, The Persistence Enhanced still offers the same roguelike experience, and that will be the deciding point as to whether it attracts players or turns them off. I wasn’t a fan of the genre initially, but through Returnal and now The Persistence Enhanced there is a new respect and affection. It’s all aided by the visual enhancements and clarity, so if you’ve never played The Persistence before, now is a good time, especially if you’re looking for something that’s capable of delivering tense scenes like this one. found in Alien: isolation.
Return to The Persistence with The Persistence Enhanced on Xbox Series X | S – find it on the Xbox Store
With the latest generation of consoles – Xbox One and PS4 – we’ve had a whole bunch of HD remakes that have arrived right at the start of the console cycles. The developers would take their old games – mostly those from the PS3 or Xbox 360 timeline – and give the visuals a nice slap in the face, before putting them back on the market. The same goes with the move to the next generation Xbox Series X | S and PS5 – it’s been less than a year since this generation of consoles launched and we’ve already been treated to a…
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- Addictive gameplay
- Visual upgrades are stunning
- The sound design is awesome
- Can be tricky, especially during opening times
- The motor that powers things seems a little stale
- Many thanks for the free copy of the game go to – Firesprite
- Formats – Xbox Series X | S, PS5, PC
- Version reviewed – Xbox Series X
- Release date – June 24, 2021
- Introductory price from – £ 24.99