Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Summary: With a unique world to explore and a solid foundation of tactics, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden has a lot to offer. It may lack depth in some areas, but it gets by on its more unique aspects.
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I like so much of what Mutant is attempting to do. Dux and Bormin are delightful, adding stealth gameplay onto a tactics game is clever and works well before becoming played out, and there are so few tactics games to speak of that even one which is otherwise derivative provided a welcome excursion for a few hours. It's so frustrating that everything begins to fall apart right as the game comes into its own.
Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden has tried to take a fresh and creative turn in the style of turn-based strategy games and the results have been fantastic. Although there are some minor issues with the gaming experience, clever gameplay and a well-crafted narrative of the game keep us going. What the future holds for this game and the experiences that The Bearded Ladies Studios have gained in the process is wait to be seen.
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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden - Deluxe Edition features a good balance between exploration and strategy and a simple but interesting plot - when all these factores come together, the result is a game that does a very laudable job at keeping the player interested. While a multiplayer mode would be more than welcome, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden - Deluxe Edition has enough qualities to be one of the best of its kind in the Nintendo Switch.
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Road To Eden is a fantastic addition to the turn-based genre. A unique world with an unusual lineup of characters will capture your interest and keep you enjoying things until the very end. While the combat can get boring and repetitive, the story and other aspects of the game keep you engaged and prevent you getting sick of it too easily. This franchise has a very promising future.
An atmospheric title with a solid gameplay loop blending stealth and strategic planning while bringing something fresh to a stale trope, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a great addition to any Nintendo Switch owner's library.
It’s the perfect tactical RPG experience, for those who are looking for something that won’t consume weeks of their time. It’s a shame that the Switch port has arrived with many flaws.
Mutant Year Zero is yet another example of the ongoing debate between portability and performance. The graphical difference between the Switch and PC versions can't be understated; the lack of detail has a marked impact on the overall experience. Having said that, the amount of time you could easily sink into this amazing tactical-RPG could be significant, and so maybe the graphical sacrifice is worth being able to play on-the-go. While Mutant Year Zero may be best played on its original platform, I would still recommend this version to anyone wanting to play on Switch.
Far from the perfect port. The reduction in visual fidelity not only makes the game harder to enjoy, but makes sections of it tougher to complete. With that said, the underlying gameplay stands alongside the best tactical strategy games the Nintendo Switch has to offer, and the bundled Seed of Evil DLC is a welcome addition.
If you’re looking for a turn-based strategy game with satisfying character progression on the game (that won’t take up over 80 hours of life) look no further than Mutant Year Zero.
It remains to be seen if some patches down the line may improve the visuals but for right now Mutant Year Zero is the most portable version of the game while being the worst looking version available. It’s a reminder that the Switch isn’t always a catch all for games, given its limited power, but it’s still appreciated these games can be played on the go when needed.