The Final Station
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Overall, The Final Station isn’t adding anything too new or revolutionary to the zombie shooter formula gameplay wise, but at this point what really matters is your motivation and the atmosphere the game takes place in that helps a game succeed in this genre. Tiny Build packed The Final Station full of both of those things and the end result is a surprisingly genuinely suspenseful 2D experience that combines train maintenance with zombie slaying.
While it may look simple and even a bit silly on the surface, The Final Station is quite the captivating game. The story and survival aspects have been blended wonderfully, and it leaves you with plenty to mull over long after the credits roll.
The Final Station really became more about the mystery of what’s going on more than anything else. At first, it was just move the train and rescue the people. As I got more passengers and read more notes, however, I started to realize things weren’t quite as they seemed. At the end of the 4-5 hour journey, you might have a few more questions than answers, but overall the ride was worth the toll.
The Final Station challenges the player with scarcity and survival and weaves just enough context to make the world built around it interesting.
The Final Station is a compelling game, being just short enough to not overstay it’s welcome. It feels a lot like Cloverfield, never truly showing you what exactly has happened to make the world like it is, but hinting at plenty of possible explanations. Bits of story gleaned from conversations and notes kept me intrigued, and the simple combat was enough to lend some excitement and action to the experience. I was able to finish the game in a single sitting without ever feeling particularly bored. The biggest negative aspect of the game is that it doesn't bring anything new to the table gameplay-wise.
While it is more linear than I would have liked, it delivers on a thrilling experience that I can't get enough of. The pixelated style and its gameplay are some of the smoothest seen on the platform, and it is hard to pull yourself away just a tiny bit. The Final Station is an intriguing journey through and through.
Overall, The Final Station is a contemplative slice of sci-fi horror. It might not be utterly original - spot the shades of Snowpiercer, Evangelion, and That Insidious Beast if you get the chance - and it can be ever so slight, but it rattles along at steady pace, taking you on a reflective journey, all the way to a gut-punching end.
The Final Station’s pairing of on-foot side-scrolling survival with time and resource management on board a train makes for an consistently fun, if not short experience. The tense moments that leave you questioning whether or not to open the next door and the intriguing story of hope in a post-apocalyptic world keep you engrossed right up until the underwhelming ending.
Halfway between Half Life 2 and Snow Piercer, The Last Station entice the player thanks to a curious plot, and offers him a challenging gameplay. Do not judge from the visual style, as the latest title published by tinyBuild need dedication and strategy.
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The Final Station is a unique journey among the current Switch library you will not want to skip on, especially if you managed to stay away from the original PC release up to this point. World building and plot is brilliantly delivered by numerous little details of which we have rarely seen developers explore with such efficiency to deliver so much tension and sense of urgency from the player. Despite linearity, when you do reach the end game you can immediately jump into the ‘The Only Traitor' DLC included in the Switch version, which will enable you to experience the same events under a new character. Make sure you don't miss out this train ride.