Song in the Smoke

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Available on:PlayStation 5Oct 7, 2021
PCSep 18, 2021
PlayStation 4Oct 7, 2021
PlayStation VROct 7, 2021
HTC ViveSep 18, 2021
Oculus RiftSep 18, 2021

Developer: 17-Bit

Publisher: 17-Bit

Genres: Action, Adventure, Survival

Song in the Smoke immerses players in a mysterious prehistoric world full of strange beasts where they must craft, forage, hunt, and fight to survive. Featuring art by famed illustrator Katsuya Terada (The Legend of Zelda, Blood: The Last Vampire, The Monkey King), Song in the Smoke has atmosphere and adventure in spades, with fantastical creatures and stylized scenery that pack an eerie, otherworldly punch. Awoken by a three-headed crow at the edge of the woods, players will travel through eight stages including forests, valleys, and frozen terrain. You'll battle the elements and strange beasts alike, crafting tools, weapons, medicine, and more to stay alive. In true VR fashion, you'll identify threats by sound as well as sight. Intuitive controls mean you can line up the perfect shot with your bow, but you may not be the only one stalking its prey, so keep your wits about you.

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Song in the Smoke excels with fantastic controls and VR mechanics, accomplishing some things that veteran VR developers still struggle with. A full-sized, immersive experience, Song in the Smoke is not easy, but it is engaging and fun.

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It’s always a struggle to describe in words, or even show in videos, how immersive and enveloping a VR experience is when done right. SITS will suck you in and bring out your inner caveman. 17-Bit has nailed it with this game. It’s truly an excellent VR experience.

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There is a vague story to Song in the Smoke and cutscenes that guide the player through their boss fights. The tips for how to defeat bosses or draw them out are revealed in a creative and immersive way. The environment and music, as well as constant sounds made by other creatures, make Song in the Smoke a truly mesmerizing experience. Players will feel the dread of traversing dangerous areas, and the satisfaction of defeating a powerful boss. Song in the Smoke is an unrivaled VR survival game with horror elements, and it gives players complete freedom to explore, hunt in, and conquer the treacherous wilderness.

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Song in the Smoke is an excellent survival game that creates a genuine sense of dread as you manage your resources and explore often unforgiving environments. The setting is interesting, and while the visual textures can suffer a bit at times and the actual combat was a bit off for me, the sense of discovery while exploring new places was an immersive thrill.

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