The Solus Project
Top Critic Average
The Solus Project's story and survival mechanics look promising at first, but they ultimately fail to meet expectations.
Exploration, survival, crafting, puzzles. In The Solus Project none of these elements touches heights of excellence, but otherwise the game is not bad at all.
Review in Italian | Read full review
The Solus Project is poor survival game that plays far better as a walking simulator. The lack of any guidance in controls and direction will leave you feeling clueless on how to proceed throughout. The environments are bland and barren, and although the weather and day/night cycle offer some positives, they're all ultimately overshadowed by the game's negatives. To top it all off a below par PlayStation VR option and a large number of bugs turn what could have been a good survival title into a disappointing one.
A flawed take on the survival adventure template, The Solus Project's subpar execution ultimately undermines the few moments of true enjoyment that it occasionally provides.
You really feel like a solitary stranger in a strange land. This one has tons of atmosphere.
The Solus Project benefits from the fact that you can't just shoot your way out of a bad situation.
Despite mechanical discord and an unsatisfying story, the creepy atmosphere and gargantuan spectacle of The Solus Project is worth experiencing firsthand.
From a conceptual standpoint, The Solus Project is fascinating. The sense of scale is amplified in VR, especially the fantastic skyboxes that cycle between day and night, massive planets in rotation around you, and the ferocity of the elements. That feeling of being stranded in an alien landscape, needing to survive, and needing to explore to complete your mission are a heavy weight from the drop. Where The Solus Project fails is in gameplay mechanics and puzzle psychology. Overly ambiguous controls and solutions meant that most of my playtime was a campaign of frustration and overcoming meaningless obstacles. The Solus Project is a game that I wanted to like, but every time it did something redeeming, I could be certain that another gameplay frustration was just around the corner.
The Solus Project uses VR features in a smart way, but outside the virtual reality, the game is repetitive and mediocre.
Review in Polish | Read full review
The world of The Solus Project is totally worth exploring thanks to an interesting story and great art direction. It's just not much fun to actually play.