Estranged: The Departure

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Estranged: The Departure

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchMar 4, 2021
PCMay 22, 2020

Developer: Alan Edwardes

Publisher: Alan Edwardes

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle

Follow the story of a fisherman, stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm. Little does he know his adventure has just begun, and the island is home to more than it seems. Experience what the island has in store as you uncover the secretive Arque Corporation, burrowing ever deeper into their dangerous and haphazard operations. • Experience the unique first person adventure • Immerse yourself in the rich narrative and unique characters • Interact with items, computers and audio logs for environmental storytelling • Protect yourself with guns and melee weapons, with familiar shooter combat This game was developed by one person in their spare time over 6 years, with help from a community of translators and testers. It is a standalone sequel to Estranged: Act I, which followed our hero's adventure in a search for a way to get home.

Estranged: The Departure Critic Reviews

Considering it’s been made by one person, Estranged: The Departure is a rather impressive feat. Its world is well-realised and it has atmosphere in droves. It’s a little slow in the beginning, but as you explore you’ll find yourself getting immersed in the story, desperate to find out what’s going on. The real downside is the frustrating combat, which often feels completely superfluous to the experience. Even so, Estranged: The Departure‘s beautiful visuals and intriguing story make it well worth a playthrough for those that crave a new adventure.

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Estranged: The Departure is hindered by a truckload of technical issues, namely in its controls and framerate, but considering the hardware we’re talking about and the fact it was developed by a single person, it’s a game worth praising at the end of the day. Its story is a bit predictable and its combat sections are beyond bland, but all in all, you’re paying just five bucks for a surprisingly hardy first-person horror game that actually demands a bit from the Switch’s hardware. I have nothing but respect for the game and its developer, even if it’s far from perfect.

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